Energy Efficiency: Green is What You Save, Not What You Spend

December 29, 2011 § 2 Comments

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Today, as a part of my internship with You Save Green, I assisted in an energy audit. I’ll talk more about that later, but what I want to discuss here is the multitude of economic opportunities provided to those looking to make their homes more sustainable.

  1. Energy Audits. Energy audits in New York State, as well as in many others, are actually free to the homeowner. In NYS, this is via NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Association), which funds most of the Green Energy programs in the state.
  2. Incentives. Federal, State, and local incentives abound. Your energy auditor or other local agencies can keep you informed on which kinds of energy or sustainability improvements can be subsidized or have other assistance provided.
  3. Rebates. Federal tax rebates are available for all different kinds of energy improvements. The government WANTS you to go green!
  4. Assistance. Various programs exist for low income families that will subsidize up to half of the improvements they make. For example, in NYS low income households can qualify for the Home High Performance program, which will cover 50% of the costs for most of the work you choose to have done.
  5. Loans. As an example, New York provides the Home Performance with EnergyStar Loan program, which provides low interest loans for those looking to make their homes more energy efficient.
  6. Payback. The best part about all of this? Most of these projects pay for themselves within 3-5 years, with the funds you save from having to use less energy!
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