The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announced it has selected Halco and Wise Home Energy LLC to provide home energy ratings in Irondequoit as part of the first phase of the Home Energy Ratings Pilot.
The pilot is designed to help owners of one- to four-family homes who are ready to invest in their homes.
The announcement supports Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s 2025 energy efficiency target of 185 trillion British thermal units in energy savings, the equivalent to the energy consumed by 1.8 million New York homes, as included in the historic climate legislation, the New York State Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.
“Reducing energy use in homes is a key component to meeting Gov. Cuomo’s ambitious energy efficiency target and another step towards greater statewide energy savings,” said Alicia Barton, president and CEO at NYSERDA. “Congratulations to Halco and Wise Home Energy for being selected to deliver home energy ratings to homeowners in the town of Irondequoit, helping local residents improve the energy performance and comfort of their home while reducing their carbon footprint.”
Home energy ratings are similar to a miles per gallon rating on a car, providing visual reports that give the homeowner insight into how their home performs in areas like insulation, air leakage, heating and cooling efficiency and hot water heating.
Halco and Wise Home Energy LLC will provide homeowners in the Irondequoit area with Pearl Home Certification from Pearl, a private residential energy efficiency certification firm. Each certification comes with a list of recommendations that helps the homeowner plan upgrades to increase the efficiency and comfort of their home.
“Halco is very excited to be a part of this Pilot with NYSERDA in Irondequoit. We have been offering Pearl certifications for a while now, and in fact, we certified the first Platinum Pearl Certified home in New York,” said Hal Smith, CEO. “We believe third-party verification of the energy related components of our homes is very important for homeowners to be able to understand the true value of upgrades to their home or prospective home and compare this with other homes in the area.”