Monthly Archives: April 2013

EPA Energy Star Home Energy Star Yardstick

EPA’s Home Energy Star® Yardstick

Take the Home Energy Star® Yardstick Challenge.

How energy efficient is your home? Find out at the Energy Star website. All you need to supply is the size of your home in square feet (including basement), and one full year of electricity and heating source (natural gas, fuel oil, propane, kerosene, coal or wood) consumption.

Based on the size of your family, your zip code and utility date range, the Home Energy Yardstick calculator will determine the heating or cooling degree-days in your area. Then it will use this data together with your utility consumption to calculate your home’s energy efficiency. You will receive a score between 0 and 10. The higher the score is, the more energy efficient your home.

If you score lower than 5, it may be worth your while to make some energy efficiency improvements.

The first step is to sign up for the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program to receive a FREE Comprehensive Home Energy Audit.

Call us first. We can explain how the programs work and help you fill out the application to receive these services through Green Audit USA. As sales reps for this high integrity company, we can walk you through the entire process.

This approximately 2-3 hour inspection of your home is usually free and covers:

  • Visual inspection of the interior and exterior of your home looking for signs of energy inefficiency
  • Health and safety tests for carbon monoxide emissions, mold and water leaks
  • Blower door and other energy efficiency tests

Your energy auditor will provide you with a report on the findings and a plan to make sensible energy efficiency improvements. In addition to the free audit, as much as 80% of the funding for this work can be covered by rebates from NYSERDA and LIPA programs. You can assign these rebates to Green Audit USA to reduce your out-of-pocket costs. You may also qualify for a low-interest On-Bill Financing loan, through your LIPA bill, to cover the remaining funding..

After our home “greenovation” our score rose from 4.3 to 9.2! Of course, you don’t have to go to the extremes we went to put a real dent in your utility bills and raise your Home Energy Star® Yardstick score.

Go to http://www.energystar.gov/, and click on the Assess Your Home link under Home Improvement heading.  You’ll be glad you did!

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Before you start your new building or renovation project, talk with us to find out how to green while you build. Contrary to popular belief, many green options are comparably-priced to conventional ones. And if you don’t ask for green products from your contractor, you won’t get them.

With our help, you can plan and implement construction projects that are:

  • more energy-efficient
  • more cost-effective
  • healthier
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