Heat pumps, wood and wood pellets can keep homes in upstate New York warm and cozy, at a fraction of the cost of some fossil fuel-based options
High energy bills? Did you know the average home has leaks that, taken together, are the size of a basketball? It's like leaving a window open in winter! By sealing these cracks and adding insulation, you significantly cut down on the energy used to heat and cool your home, and on your energy bills, and make your home more comfortable.
Home energy assessments are available to most New York State residents--renters and owners--at no cost. The assessments help you identify which improvements make sense for your home. Having an energy assessment qualifies you for incentives, rebates, and low-interest loans that can be applied to your energy-efficiency improvements.
Income eligible homeowners and renters can qualify for programs that cover 50-100% of the cost of improvements!
Take the following steps to put you on your way towards a cozier, safer, and more comfortable home with lower energy bills.
1. Apply for an Energy Assessment
2. Choose Your Contractor - Get an Audit
Choose a certified professional contractor. While contractors serve multiple counties, we provide a list below of those with offices in the Southern Tier region. You can find a more complete list here[, as well as a map below]. Contractors will schedule a time to do a comprehensive assessment of your home to identify any efficiency, safety, and health related issues.
Contractors with offices in Broome County
- ANC Heating and Air Conditioning - 607-748-6435
- C & K Insulation Inc - 607-770-6112
- Foam It - 607-821-0519
- GreenTek Home Solutions - 607-725-9375
- The Insulation Man - 607-775-3035
Contractors with offices in Chemung County
- Morey's Heating & Air Conditioning - 607-529-3948
- Economic Opportunity Program of Chemung & Schuyler Counties - 607-734-6174
Contractors with offices in Chenango County
- Opportunities for Chenango - 607-336-7316
- Radar Insulation - 607-334-2404
Contractors with offices in Steuben County
- Pro Action of Steuben & Yates - (607) 776-2125 x120
Contractors with offices in Tioga County
Tioga Opportunities - (607) 687-4222
Contractors with offices in Tompkins County
After your assessment, you will receive a report detailing any issues identified. The report will also contain a list of efficiency improvements with an explanation of the reason for the improvement and its cost.
3. Choose Your Work - Incentives
You choose any or all of the work you would like performed on your home. Your contractor should be able to help you access incentives and financing, if so desired. Read more about incentive programs here.
4. Sign Contract - Get Work Done!
If you have questions along the way, don't hesitate to contact us. Our Community Energy Advisers are here to help. Cooperative Extension associations are non-profit entities and we can offer fact-based, third-party advice to help you with your energy decisions--for free!