Myths

Myth 1: All contractors can do energy upgrades

Myth 2: Home energy improvements mean replacing my windows

Myth 3: I have good insulation already, so I should be alright for now

Myth 4: If my house is very drafty and cold, energy upgrades will cost too much

Myth 5: I am currently thinking of renovating, so now is not a good time to upgrade my home

Myth 6: I do not need an energy assessment to upgrade my home

Myth 7: PUSH Green is trying to sell me something.





Myth 1: All contractors can do energy upgrades

Only BPI Accredited Home Performance Contractors approved by the State can complete your energy upgrades. These contractors understand how your house works as a system and have been trained to approach the process by assessing your “whole house”.

Myth 2: Home energy improvements mean replacing my windows

Windows are only responsible for 5-10 percent of your home's energy loss. On top of the expense, new windows will not yield the same energy savings.

Myth 3: I have good insulation already, so I should be alright for now

A home's poor performance does not equate to an expensive energy upgrade project. Homes with the highest energy bills have the greatest opportunity to save money by getting an energy upgrade.

Myth 4: If my house is very drafty and cold, energy upgrades will cost too much

An energy assessment is the first step in upgrading your home. It’s the assessment that will show you how to achieve the greatest energy reductions while spending the least amount of money on your upgrades.

Myth 5: I am currently thinking of renovating, so now is not a good time to upgrade my home

No. PUSH Green is a community-based, energy efficiency program funded by People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo), Department of Energy (DOE) and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), that is part of a statewide effort to make your home more comfortable, reduce your energy usage and your bills, and create local jobs. Our new program will provide you with access to free or reduced-cost energy assessments, installation services, low-cost financing, in some cases discounted work, and workforce opportunities.

Myth 6: I do not need an energy assessment to upgrade my home

An energy assessment is the first step in upgrading your home. It’s the assessment that will show you how to achieve the greatest energy reductions while spending the least amount of money on your upgrades.

Myth 7: PUSH Green is trying to sell me something.

No. PUSH Green is a new community-based, energy efficiency program funded by People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo), Department of Energy (DOE) and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), that is part of a statewide effort to make your home more comfortable, reduce your energy usage and your bills, and create local jobs. Our new program will provide you with access to free or reduced-cost energy assessments, installation services, low-cost financing, and workforce opportunities.