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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Once the licensed contractor has completed the work, the Town will directly pay the contractor. The homeowner will then pay the Town for the improvements on a monthly basis for an amount and term that is agreed upon in advance. With almost every customer, the savings from reduced energy bills will be greater than the cost of the improvements. This means that the homeowner will have a positive cash flow; the money that was going to the utility companies is now going to make your home greener and healthier. Once the improvements are completely paid for all of the savings go directly to the homeowner, saving him/her an average of $1,000 every year.