NYSERDA offers no-cost energy assessments (also known as energy audits) to all New York homeowners — but what are these audits, how can you benefit from them, and are they really worth it? In this article, Energy Savers will explain what an energy audit or energy assessment entails, why NYSERDA offers them for free, and how you can leverage this free assessment to reduce your future energy costs.
What Is an Energy Audit?
An energy audit is a comprehensive assessment of a home’s energy efficiency and overall performance, aimed at identifying areas where improvements can be made to reduce energy use and enhance comfort. When an energy audit is conducted by a certified professional, it involves a thorough inspection of the home’s:
- Building envelope
- Heating and cooling systems
- Insulation levels
- Air leakage rates
During an energy audit, one of our certified technicians will arrive at your home with some diagnostic equipment, take a few measurements, attach a device called a blower door to one of your exterior doors, and ask you some questions about your historical energy usage. All of this information is used to create a comprehensive look at how your home is performing.
This detailed analysis helps homeowners pinpoint energy loss and offers tailored recommendations on cost-effective upgrades and measures that can result in significant savings on energy bills.
NYSERDA, or the New York State Energy Research Development Authority, is dedicated to assisting New York in reaching its goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030. To achieve this, they offer complimentary assessments to equip homeowners with the necessary knowledge to implement efficiency improvements that will contribute to energy conservation.
NYSERDA-approved energy audit contractors commit to a predefined code of conduct and are accountable for the quality of their work. Collaborating with a NYSERDA-certified contractor not only ensures high standards but also qualifies homeowners for further energy-efficient enhancements at a reduced or zero cost.
How You’ll Benefit from an Energy Savers Energy Audit
Getting an energy audit before you go about improving the energy efficiency of your home is like getting an MRI before having surgery — wouldn’t you want to know the scope of what is needed before you start opening things up and making changes? The findings of a home energy audit pinpoint areas of energy loss and prioritize necessary upgrades. In some instances, enhancements in insulation and air sealing can sufficiently lower heating and cooling demands, eliminating the need for an imminent furnace and air conditioner replacement. This enables homeowners to maximize the performance of their current system, maintain a comfortable living environment, and consume less energy.
Want to Schedule a NYSERDA Energy Audit? Contact Energy Savers!
To begin improving the energy efficiency of your Syracuse-area home every season, just take one simple step: get in touch with us by phone or online. Our team will guide you through any requirements and arrange for an energy audit to be conducted at your home. This will help identify areas where you can make improvements to save energy and reduce your bills throughout the year.