Long Island Green Homes
About the Green Homes Program
Long Island Green Homes (LIGH) is a Town of Babylon program that helps homeowners make energy efficiency improvements, by financing all of the upfront costs.
Local, BPI certified, private contractors recommend and install insulation, air sealing, heating systems, and hot water systems to participant’s homes. After the work is complete, participants pay for the work over time with the money that they save on their energy bills.
Since October 2008, LIGH has been helping hundreds of Babylon homeowners reduce their monthly utility bills (and carbon footprint) by 20-40%. Our goal is to help every Babylon household reduce their carbon footprint by eliminating wasted energy in homes. Daily operations are handled by the Green Team, which is assembled of knowledgeable professionals that are eager to help guide you through the process.
Many people are under the impression that the only way to “Go Green” is to drive a hybrid car, install solar panels, and recycle their household waste. While these are positive things to do for the environment, most people don’t realize that the most cost effective thing they can do is retrofit their home.
A town-wide study was done in 2007 that looked at all of the sources of carbon emissions (pollution), and the results pointed in a clear direction. Residential housing is the largest source of carbon emissions and energy waste.
Something needed to be done, and simply making people aware of the issue would not be enough. Babylon residents needed help to overcome the upfront costs associated with making their homes more energy efficient. The Long Island Green Homes program was launched to do just that. Babylon residents are educated about their homes’ efficiency by BPI certified energy auditors, and can make improvements that pay for themselves in energy savings.
For more information about the program, please visit the Long Island Green Homes website.
Now that you know what we're about, you could:
- See how the program works and get started online
- Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you save
- Read our Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the Long Island Green Homes Program?
The Long Island Green Homes Program is a self-financing, residential retrofit program designed to upgrade the energy efficiency of existing homes in the Town of Babylon. The program enables residents to make their homes greener and healthier at little or no out-of-pocket expense to themselves, while saving money on home energy costs. For more information about the program, please visit the Long Island Green Homes website.
- How can I contact the Long Island Green Homes program?
The Long Island Green Homes Program is located at the Town Hall Annex, 281 Phelps Lane, Room 24 and 26, North Babylon, NY, 11703. The phone number is (631) 422-4411, The fax number is (631) 893-1008. You can also visit their website, Long Island Green Homes, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Why is the Long Island Green Homes program necessary?
Most homes–even newer ones–have not been constructed to building performance standards that conserve energy. The overwhelming majority of homes on Long Island are wasting considerable amounts of energy and contributing unnecessary greenhouse gasses to the environment. Leaking energy means that homeowners are wasting a lot of money. With fuel costs at all time highs and in a region where utility rates are among the highest in the nation, homeowners can no longer afford to waste energy.
- How do I save money with the Long Island Green Homes Program?
A Town of Babylon Licensed Green Homes Contractor will conduct a comprehensive energy audit of your home to determine what energy-efficient home improvements may be effective. The contractor will prepare a detailed report that will demonstrate the savings you will receive from making the improvements. The savings will, generally, cover the cost of the upgrades. We use state-of-the-art, industry standard software called Real Home Analyzer to calculate your savings, using your 2 years of utility usage data and the information from your Energy Audit. LIGH also thoroughly reviews each project for accuracy, and performs regular quality assurance inspections.
- What is “retrofitting”?
Retrofitting refers to the addition of new technology or features (such as insulation, more efficient boilers) to older systems (or your home). By improving your homes energy usage, Long Island Green Homes aims to prevent unnecessary air leakage and wasted energy escaping from your home.
- Who pays for the energy efficient home improvements?
The objective of Long Island Green Homes is to reduce your homes energy usage, thereby reducing your utility bills. Therefore, an energy assessment will be performed by a town licensed, BPI certified, Energy Auditor.
The cost of the energy assessment is $250, which will be paid directly to your auditor.There is no longer a $250 assessment fee. Free or low-cost energy audits through NYSERDA’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program are available to residential customers. Following the Home Performance Evaluation, you will be given a detailed explanation of how your home uses energy, where the most energy is being wasted or lost, and specific improvements that could increase energy efficiency. The report also calculates a fixed cost for each recommended improvement along with the projected dollar amount you will see in energy savings on an annual basis, from that specific improvement. The Long Island Green Homes Program pays the contractor the entire cost of the energy-efficiency improvements. Under a separate contract with the homeowner, the Town sets up a monthly payment plan that has the homeowner pay for the improvements over time only from a projected utility bill cost savings. For example, if our expert Home Performance Evaluation auditors project that you will save $1,000 per year in utility bills, The Town will establish an annual payment schedule (benefit assessment payment) based on your projected annual savings. Therefore your payment would be less than a $100 a month.
- Does the Town loan money to homeowners to make these improvements?
No, the Town does not loan money to homeowners for any improvements. Money for this program is coming from the Solid Waste Fund as a benefit assessment. A benefit assessment is when a municipality provides a specific improvement on a property for a public purpose, i.e. remediating the environmental damage caused by leaky and inefficient homes. The Town will then assess the cost of the benefit against the property. The Town will provide for energy saving improvements up to but not to exceed $12,000 per home. Homeowners will then pay the Town directly for the improvements through a monthly benefit assessment fee. The amount of the monthly benefit assessment fee is structured to be less than the monthly savings on a residents' energy bills resulting from the improvements. There is an additional 3% administrative fee applied to these monthly payments.
- How do I apply for the Long Island Green Homes Program?
Homeowners are required to complete a Self-Check Home Inventory Form prior to scheduling a Home Performance Evaluation. This form asks general questions about the home, its energy usage and homeowner energy habits. Homeowners will also need to provide two years worth of utility usage. You can complete and submit the Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Upgrade Assessment & Intake Form online at Long Island Green Homes website. Once we have processed the data from your Self-Check Home Inventory Form, a Town of Babylon Licensed Green Homes Contractor will perform a Home Performance Evaluation on your house. The contractor will provide a detailed report that will recommend certain energy efficient home improvements and estimate the savings that will result. You make the decision to hire the contractor to perform the energy-efficient home improvements. What energy-efficient home improvements are offered through the program? Improvements include efficient lighting, weather-stripping, caulking, air and duct sealing, insulation and upgrading of heating units, etc. We will advise participants which appliances, cooling units, and other eligible measures offer the best return and what LIPA rebates and incentives apply. Please call our office at (631) 422-4411 if you have any further questions or concerns.
- What if I rent my home?
The LI Green Homes program can only issue contracts to homeowners. However if a landlord chooses to participate in the Long Island Green Homes program, the residents will benefit from the efficiency improvements as well. The program is currently open for those residing in one or two family homes.
- What if I have been living in my home for less than 2 years?
New homeowners who cannot access utility data are still eligible to participate in the program. Please notify our office so we can contact you with specific instructions.