Bronx Energy Efficiency

Did you know the average homeowner spends about $2,200 a year on energy bills, while the average Bronx home loses 25% of its energy through its roof, 35% through its walls, and 40% through common air leaks?

The South Bronx has the highest energy burden in NYC. On average residents of Mott Haven, Melrose, and Port Morris, Hunts Point and Longwood spend 9% of their income on their utilities, while Manhattan and Brooklyn residents spend only 1-2%.

Our Bronx Energy Efficiency (be2) program works to address energy waste by connecting Bronxites with subsidies, low-cost financing, free or reduced cost energy audits and upgrade retrofits provided by the Green Jobs- Green NY program through New York State Energy and Research Authority (NYSERDA).

For more information on how you can get an energy audit and retrofit please contact Rene Segura at (646) 400-5432, or rsegura@ssbx.org or read more below:

What are energy audits and retrofits?

Energy audits are home assessments conducted by contractors, certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI), in which areas of energy leakage and waste are identified. At the end of the assessment, the contractor writes a detailed plan on how to best retrofit the property. A retrofit consists of a combination of various upgrades that will be added to the property to optimize air tightness and increase the unison of your home’s energy systems. Because all home assessments are different, efficiency recommendations and installations will be dependent on the homeowner’s needs and financial capacity.

How to determine if you need a retrofit

The most common indications that your property is losing energy are:

- Uncontrolled air leakage – High energy bills
– Inconsistent door temperature – Damp basement
– Cold drafts and floors in winter – Dry indoor air in the winter
– Moisture, must, mildew problem

In an energy audit, all of these areas will all be assessed in order to provide you with the best possible upgrade recommendations.

Getting started

1. Apply for a free or reduced cost home energy assessment
The be2 Program Coordinator will assist you with the application process so that you can receive an energy audit and learn where you are losing energy and wasting money.
2. Consider finance options and subsidies
Following the assessment, you will be provided with various recommendations on how you can improve and retrofit your home. The be2 Program coordinator can help you apply for low-interest financing and subsidies.
3. Application approval, energy upgrades, and installations
Once your application is processed and approved, you will select the retrofit options to installed by a contractor. You will immediately start saving money as your home will quickly stop losing energy!

Affording a retrofit

There are a number of financing options available. Our be2 coordinator will help you with the financing application to decide which options are best for you!

AVAILABLE SUBSIDIES
The EmPower Program provides no-cost energy efficiency solutions for income and HEAP eligible Bronx renters and homeowners.

Assisted Home Performance with Energy Star Income eligible homeowners can receive from $5,000 (single family home) up to $10,000 (up to 4 unties) to cover 50% of the cost of the energy efficient upgrades.

10% Cashback Incentive At minimum, homeowners who do not qualify for other subsidies will receive 10% of the cost eligible upgrades back (up to $3,000) after the work is complete.

LOW INTEREST FINANCING OPTIONS
On-Bill Recovery Loans On-Bill Recovery financing allows you to repay your upgrades with a monthly charge on your utility bill. Loan payments are at a current interest rate of $3.49%. Monthly payments are calculated not to exceed the expected amount your energy savings will save.

Smart Energy Loans Monthly payments to NYSERDA’s loan program at current interest rates from 3.49 to 3.99%

Energy Champions Referral Program

Earn up to $200 by referring friends, family, neighbors, or anyone else to receive their home energy assessment and energy upgrade! You can start recruiting anyone as long as they own a single-family home or a residential building with 2-4 apartments located in New York City.

Home Energy upgrades that qualify for referral payments include at least one major measure that will significantly reduce the home’s energy waste: These include:
• Insulation
• Whole-house air sealing
• High efficiency boiler, furnace, and hot water heater

You can find more information on the Energy Champions website.

What are energy audits and retrofits?

Energy audits are home assessments conducted by contractors, certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI), in which areas of energy leakage and waste are identified. At the end of the assessment, the contractor writes a detailed plan on how to best retrofit the property. A retrofit consists of a combination of various upgrades that will be added to the property to optimize air tightness and increase the unison of your home’s energy systems. Because all home assessments are different, efficiency recommendations and installations will be dependent on the homeowner’s needs and financial capacity.