Bronx Energy Efficiency

SSBx’s Energy Efficiency Program oversees Green Jobs-Green New York, a state-wide campaign administered through the New York State Energy and Research Authority (NYSERDA).  Green Jobs-Green New York provides funding for energy assessments, low-cost financing for energy upgrades, and technical and financial support to develop a green collar workforce. It enables Bronx property owners to make a significant improvement in their homes, businesses, and communities – making them more comfortable, more sustainable, and more economically sound.

SSBx works closely with the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (BOEDC) to recruit homeowners, nonprofit organizations, and small business owners into energy audit and financing programs. We also encourage individuals throughout the Bronx to take advantage of clean energy training opportunities.

Why Retrofit?

The average homeowner spends about $2,200 a year on energy bills, and somewhere between 20 and 50 percent of that is wasted. In an energy audit, a contractor certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) identifies areas of leakage and waste, and writes a detailed plan for retrofitting the property.

Retrofitting saves the average homeowner $700 a year, although many homeowner save much more. The cost of a retrofit is generally paid for in four years. Many property owners in the Bronx are eligible for a free or low-cost energy audit, and a subsidy to cover up to half the cost of the project — as much as $5,000 for a single-family home and $10,000 for a two- to four-family building. Low-interest financing is available to cover the remaining costs.

Bronx Residents Weigh In

How helpful is a retrofit? Aurelia Greene saved thousands through a retrofit. Victoria Garwood is more comfortable because her home keeps her family warmer.

Get Your Home or Business Retrofitted

For more information about how you can get an energy audit and retrofit contact Angela Tovar at (646) 400-5432, or atovar@ssbx.org

Opportunities for Contractors

If you’re a contractor interested in work making homes and small businesses more energy-efficient, click here for more information.