Homes With Non-Electric Heat
Save up to 20% on Your Energy Bills
- Step 1 - Schedule your comprehensive home assessment
Customers with non-electric heat are eligible for a free comprehensive home energy assessment through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. Schedule your appointment now.
- Step 2 - Make home improvements while taking advantage of rebates and financing
After your home assessment, you'll receive a detailed report with recommendations for money-saving energy efficiency upgrades. You'll be given the opportunity to take advantage of special rebates and incentives that can help reduce the cost of efficiency upgrades. You may also be able to take advantage of low-interest financing with an On-Bill Recovery Loan Program from Green Jobs – Green New York. Speak to your contractor for additional details regarding loan availability. For more information visit https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Residential-Financing-Options
What is a Home Energy Assessment?
A comprehensive home assessment is the first step towards improving a home's efficiency and reducing energy bills. During the assessment, your home will be evaluated for:
- Heating and cooling equipment efficiency
- Air infiltration and ventilation
- Carbon monoxide levels and/or moisture problems
- Insulation levels, air leaks, and drafts
- Heating and hot water system efficiency
- Central air conditioning efficiency (if applicable), and
- Distribution system/ductwork (if applicable).
A contractor accredited by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) will test your home for air leakage. He or she will look for opportunities to improve your home's insulation, heating and cooling system, windows, appliances, and lighting, and then explain what improvements can be made.
Each participating contractor has earned certification through BPI, a national resource for building science technology, that sets standards for assessing and improving the energy performance of homes. BPI-accredited Home Performance Contractors use the most advanced state-of-the-art equipment to test the home and identify energy efficiency improvements.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Building Performance Institute (BPI) is a national resource for building science technology that sets standards for auditing and improving the energy performance and health and safety of homes. Learn more about BPI on their website.
Properly controlling a thermostat can help reduce your heating and cooling costs. Programmable thermostats can automatically adjust the temperature at predetermined times while you are away from the house or sleeping.
Whether a home is old or new, inadequate or improperly installed insulation can lead to high energy costs, uncomfortable rooms, and structural problems. Proper insulation levels slow the movement of heat through your walls, floors and ceilings, keeping you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. A BPI-accredited Home Performance Contractor will check insulation levels and make sure it is installed properly, as well as make sure all the holes, cracks and gaps in the home are sealed for air leakage.
Ventilation is a vital component to every house. Ventilation systems are important for healthy, safe, and comfortable living space. These systems help remove moisture from the air to help avoid mold, mildew, and condensation problems. Ventilation also helps eliminate potential indoor air pollutants, cooking odors, or stale, stuffy air. A house has to "breathe" and proper ventilation can help ensure your home has a steady, healthy amount of fresh air.
Insulation alone is not always enough to make your home is energy efficient. Stopping air leaks, proper insulation, and ventilation are the three major components required to create an airtight home, while providing a sufficient supply of fresh air. A BPI-accredited Home Performance Contractor using special testing equipment, such as a blower door, can locate and measure air leakage.
It's important to have well-insulated, high-performance windows and doors. You'll see and feel the difference through improved comfort, reduced condensation and lower utility costs. Look for the ENERGY STAR® symbol to identify the most efficient windows, skylights, and sliding glass doors. When buying new windows, consider U-value and Low-E coatings. U-value is the measure of the window's ability to insulate. Lower U-value means less heat flows through the windows. Low-E (low emissivity) window coatings are thin and transparent, permitting visible light to pass through, while effectively reflecting the sun's radiation to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Typical recommendations include insulating an existing tank, replacing the existing tank with a more efficient model using the same fuel, or replacing the existing tank with another fuel source, such as natural gas or a heat pump water heater. If the hot water pipes are not insulated in a cold basement, a BPI-accredited Home Performance Contractor will often recommend insulating the first six feet of pipe.
BPI-accredited Home Performance Contractors have been trained to inspect and test combustion appliances such as heating equipment, ovens, and water heaters for proper performance to ensure safe operation. This evaluation includes measuring the carbon monoxide (CO) produced by the appliance and testing to ensure that potentially dangerous combustion gases are not introduced into the home.
When it's time to buy or replace home appliances, be sure to look for models with the ENERGY STAR® label. ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances incorporate advanced technologies that use 10- 50% less energy than standard models, which saves you money on utility bills while also reducing air pollution. For example, an ENERGY STAR-qualified clothes washer uses 30-40% less energy and saves about 7,000 gallons of water each year. Many dishwashers with the ENERGY STAR label are built with innovative technology to clean better while using less energy and water. And, today's ENERGY STAR-qualified refrigerators use half the energy of a 10-year old conventional refrigerator.
Please see the general guide to eligible incentives and financing options available through the PSEG Long Island Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® (HPwES) Program. Eligibility may vary based on the energy efficiency requirements for each upgrade type, results of the comprehensive home assessment, primary heating fuel type, and funding source.
Download Eligible Measures and Accessories