New Yorkers seeking relief from the summer heat may be eligible for cost-saving energy upgrades to their homes.
A new program called Green Jobs – Green New York will help homeowners finance energy upgrades directly on their bills. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority administers the program.
It all started as a result of the Power NY Act of 2011 that the New York Legislature passed in its recent session. State Sen. David Carlucci, a supporter of the bill, has partnered with organizations to gain cost savings for homeowners and businesses that take part in the program.
“The Power NY Act of 2011 will enhance the Green Jobs program by incentivizing homeowners to upgrade their homes without taking any money out of their pocket,” said Carlucci. “This will save families money, create jobs and protect our environment.”
A representative from one of the partner organizations had positive things to say about the New York’s move toward energy efficiency.
“The New York Green Jobs bill created a win, win, win opportunity for New Yorkers,” said Rudy Scott, president of Energy Management Solutions. His company performs a variety of energy-saving measures for both residential and business clients.
“The State lowers its carbon footprint, homeowners can save up to 40 percent of their utility cost with no money out of their pocket and New York gets to create over 50,000 sustainable jobs,” Scott said.
The first step to valuable energy improvements is an energy audit. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority offers these free to New York residents whose incomes are less than 200 percent of the median income for their county. Small businesses and not-for-profit organizations also are urged to participate in the program.
From there, homeowners will be given a list of recommended upgrades. Participants in the Home Performance Energy Star Program can finance their upgrades in five, 10 or 15-year increments, according to Carlucci. Residential properties are limited to $13,000 in upgrades.
The goal of state officials is to get the word out about the program to New Yorkers looking to save money on their energy bills. Carlucci said the state boasts some of the highest utility bills in the nation.
New Yorkers interested in more information about the Green Jobs-Green New York program can visit the New York State Energy Research Development Authority’s Web site.