A not-for-profit, public-private partnership launched in early November in Huntington Station, where a Long Island Green Homes Initiative home energy performance contractor demonstrated the process for a home energy assessment, the first step in tapping into of a range of free and discounted services and resources that homeowners can use to reduce costs and make residences more energy-efficient.
The LI Green Homes Initiative helps homeowners take advantage of incentives from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The goals are saving energy, protecting the environment by curbing greenhouse gases and boosting the local economy by stimulating job growth.
LI Green Homes headquartered at Sustainability Institute at Molloy College is a partnership of three non-profits: Community Development Corporation of LI, LI Green, United Way of Long Island and five Long Island townships: Huntington, Babylon, East Hampton, North Hempstead and Smithtown.
The Long Island Green Homes Initiative model has proven to be cost effective. An earlier version of the program in Babylon netted energy savings for the typical participating homeowner of roughly $1,000 a year.
LI Green Homes makes the process simple by guiding homeowners through each step. The initiative has launched a new, user-friendly website (longislandgreenhomes.org) and employs specially trained “Energy Navigators” to advise homeowners by phone and assist them in identifying the full scope of rebates, discounts and low-cost financing available. Homeowners can also call to receive a free Energy Audit at (800) 567-2850.
Energy Navigators will schedule a Free Home Energy Assessment that provides a comprehensive analysis of a home’s energy efficiency, based on which a detailed plan for home energy savings and money savings upgrades will be supplied. The assessment also includes carbon monoxide safety testing.
The initiative is funded for three years by a Cleaner Greener Communities competitive grant award from NYSERDA of $2.3 million and a supplemental grant from the Rauch Foundation located in Garden City.