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New York State offers its residents a great program designed to help them save money while saving energy and reducing the amount of greenhouse gasses which are released into the environment.

The program is called Home Performance, and together with Energy Star the goal is to help New Yorker’s save as much as 40% of their energy costs during the winter months. The program is sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, (NYSERDA), which hopes to improve the energy efficiency of any style or size homes and save homeowners as much as $600 per year.

The program works by sending out a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Accredited Home Performance contractor who will assess the efficiency of the home by checking and measuring all aspects of its energy use, such as insulation, air infiltration levels, heating/cooling systems, appliances and lighting. The specialists will also check ovens, water heaters, and other devices and equipment to make sure that there are no dangerous leaks of carbon monoxide into the house.

At the completion of the assessment the BPI contractor will describe what improvements can be made, how much those improvements will cost, and what kinds of financial incentives exist and can be made available to homeowners to make those changes. Incentives might include low-interest financing and other means by which the needed improvements can be made without the homeowner incurring and undue burden.

“There’s no better time than now to change the way we use energy in our homes,” says Peter R. Smith, president of NYSERDA. “Energy costs continue to rise and conserving energy is essential. For some New Yorkers, that may mean building an energy-efficient home, making an existing home more efficient, or following simple energy savings tips. No matter what the measure, every bit counts.

IDT Energy is pleased to bring to the attention of energy consumers the variety of ways New Yorkers can take advantage of innovative programs which are available to help save money and protect our environment.

Saving Money Advice from IDT Energy

One easy way to try to save money around the house is through your energy bill. Doing a yearly audit of your energy usage and issues can greatly help you to reduce costs and to fix problems. IDT Energy offers these simple tasks that should be done as part of any self audit.

Each year, make sure to inspect your heating and cooling equipment. Replace filters as needed, and have a professional come in and clean your equipment once a year as well. Check all ductwork for dirt streaks which can indicate air leaks. These should be sealed with a duct mastic.

If your heating and cooling unit is more than 15 years old, you should consider purchasing a new unit that will be much more energy-efficient. A new unit will reduce your energy use. These quick checks and small changes can make a big difference in your energy bill overall.