General

1. What makes PUSH Green different from other programs?

2. What are the triple-bottom line benefits?

3. Why should I upgrade my home?

4. Why do I need a comprehensive home energy assessment?

5. How do I get a comprehensive home energy assessment?

6. Who performs the comprehensive home energy assessment?

7. How do I pick a qualified contractor?

8. What can I expect during my comprehensive home energy assessment?

9. What kind of changes might be recommended?

10. How do I pay for my energy upgrades?

11. Are there incentives available to help me pay for my energy upgrades?




1: What makes PUSH Green different from other programs?

PUSH Green works with local residents, workers, contractors, and other partners to make our communities in Erie County more sustainable by reducing energy costs and improving home health, comfort, and safety for property owners. PUSH Green strives to deliver triple-bottom line benefits to local communities hit hard by long-term unemployment and high energy burdens that are good for the environment and the economy.

2: What are the triple-bottom line benefits?

PUSH Green offers triple-bottom line benefits for the local community through job creation, small business development, support for emerging contractors, including minority-owned and women-owned businesses, and reduced household energy burdens.

3: Why should I upgrade my home?

Lower utility bills and a safer, more comfortable home are two of the big benefits to getting an energy upgrade

4: Why do I need a comprehensive home energy assessment?

On average, 30 percent of the money we spend heating and cooling our homes is wasted. Each day, energy escapes through hidden holes in between your basement or attic walls. The only way to truly combat this issue is by getting a comprehensive home energy assessment. This way you can pinpoint exactly where your home is losing energy. A comprehensive home energy assessment also provides important health and safety checks, like carbon monoxide back drafting and mold detection.

5: How do I get a comprehensive home energy assessment?

Contact PUSH Green to speak with one of our Energy Advocates, or apply online here.

6: Who performs the comprehensive home energy assessment?

A NYSERDA approved BPI Accredited Home Performance Contractor will perform your comprehensive Home Energy Assessment.
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7: How do I pick a qualified contractor?

PUSH Green Energy Advocates can help you find the right contractor for the job..

8: What can I expect during my comprehensive home energy assessment?

Depending on the size of your home, the assessment could take two to four hours to complete. During the assessment, the contractor will complete a visual inspection of the living space, attic, basement (or crawl space), and perform a number of tests using special diagnostic equipment. Your contractor will also perform essential health and safety tests to determine whether your furnace, boiler, hot water tank, and stove are operating safely, as well as, check for mold and asbestos problems.

9: What kind of changes might be recommended?

Your assessment will identify the specific energy efficiency opportunities in your home and give you information that will help you decide what work needs to be completed. On average, most homes benefit from improved insulation, air sealing and weather stripping. However, you may need to repair or replace outdated heating or cooling systems. 

10: How do I pay for my energy upgrades?

NYSERDA has several financing options including On-Bill Recovery, and Unsecured loans, but you may pay for work in a way that works best for you. PUSH Green Energy Advocates are there to help you understand the various options you have and help apply for various NYSERDA financing options.

11: Are there incentives available to help me pay for my energy upgrades?

Based on your energy usage, how many people live in your home, where you live and income you may qualify for a number of incentives.