Friends and Neighbors Program

In addition to conducting grassroots outreach efforts across Erie County, our Community Energy Advocates will use a neighborhood approach to identify and connect homeowners in specific areas who are interested in building more sustainable communities together.

About PUSH Green’s Friends and Neighbors Program

PUSH Green’s Friends and Neighbors Program is designed to help Erie County homeowners make a larger impact on their communities (and their homes) by scaling up work in the energy efficiency sector. The Friends and Neighbors Program encourages and rewards collective action within specific neighborhoods, which are prime targets for energy efficiency work and the benefits it can bring.

So, how does the Friends and Neighbors Program Work?

The Friends and Neighbors Program works when five (or more) homeowners, who live within specific neighborhoods, agree to use the same contractor (or contractor team) to perform their comprehensive home energy assessments and energy efficiency upgrades.

To date, PUSH Green has negotiated discounted pricing with contractors to incentivize community participation in our Friends and Neighbors Program. The discounts are guaranteed when three customers in your bundle sign contracts to have energy efficiency measures installed in their homes. Homeowners who bundle with more than five of their friends or neighbors will receive even more discounts.


Your additional savings are based on the following sliding scale:

  • If you bundle with five of your friends or neighbors, you will receive an additional 5 percent off of the total cost of your energy efficiency upgrade; 

  • If you bundle with six of your friends or neighbors, you will receive an additional 6 percent off of the total cost of your energy efficiency upgrade;

  • If you bundle with seven of your friends or neighbors, you will receive an additional 7 percent off of the total cost of your energy efficiency upgrade;

  • If you bundle with eight of your friends or neighbors, you will receive an additional 8 percent off of the total cost of your energy efficiency upgrade;

  • If you bundle with nine of your friends or neighbors, you will receive an additional 9 percent off of the total cost of your energy efficiency upgrade; and

  • If you bundle with 10 of your friends or neighbors, you will receive an additional 10 percent off of the total cost of your energy efficiency upgrade.

PUSH Green and NYSERDA are actively recruiting contractors to participate in the Friends and Neighbors Program. Contractors who make the decision to participate and qualify for the program are assigned projects on a rotating basis, meaning that each contractor has a turn at receiving energy efficiency projects, but must be able to begin and complete projects, either individually or by working as a contractor team, within established project timelines.

Who are Friends and Neighbors contractors?

We work hard to leverage relationships with certified and accredited Home Performance contractors as we strive to build a better Community Jobs Pipeline. Our Friends and Neighbors Contractors understand this and have agreed to work (and meet) the state’s workforce standards.

Below is the current list of PUSH Green’s Friends and Neighbors contractors:

  • Buffalo Energy
  • Home Performance Professionals
  • Ivy Lea Construction
  • New Buffalo Impact
  • Zenner and Ritter

Learn more about our Friends and Neighbors contractors here.

NOTE: Contractors who participate in PUSH Green’s Friends and Neighbors Program are required to sign upfront commitments with NYSERDA to hire local residents, pay family sustaining wages and health benefits to workers, ensure new and existing workers are trained and qualified, and partner with women and minority-owned businesses on Aggregation Pilot projects.

“Why I Walk the High Road” Web Series

Get to know your Friends and Neighbors Home Performance contractors in our new web series, “Why I Walk the High Road.” Hear what our Friends and Neighbors contractors have to say about the state’s Green Jobs – Green New York program and learn exactly why they believe that PUSH Green is the answer in improving Erie County’s communities through energy efficiency.

Meet Cyd Cox – Energy Auditor and Former Owner of Eco-Logic Home – Ep. 1 – Why I Walk the High Road