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Energy Services

We are now pre-booking all future home energy assessments so we can be ready to help as soon as it’s safe to do so! The path to lowering your energy costs starts here. Our Energy Services team can conduct a FREE home energy audit if you reside in Greater Buffalo or the surrounding counties. Scroll down to learn more about our energy services..

Energy Services

An Energy audit (or assessment) is a review of your home’s overall energy efficiency, which can be affected by many things. Roof condition, insulation levels, outdated appliances, old furnaces, leaky hot water heaters, and old windows can have a negative impact. Our goal is to see where your home is losing energy so that ultimately we can formulate a plan to save you money on energy costs.

Our BPI-certified technicians will conduct a free assessment, and work with you to prioritize your needs to reduce your heating and cooling bills, with unbiased advice to help you make the best decisions for you and your home.


“I had a home energy assessment done and had almost all the recommended work done, including new ENERGY STAR appliances. As a result, my gas bill went down 25%, and my electric bill down a whopping 44%! That adds up to a lot of money saved!” Margie C.

Scheduling Your Free Home Energy Assessment:

We offer FREE Home Energy Assessments, regardless of annual income. However, depending on your income level, you may also qualify for financial assistance to help pay for your home energy project(s), such as replacing your furnace or hot water heater, for example. Before we can schedule your appointment, please review the following levels of qualification and application instructions below:

 

Option 1: EmPower (Financial-assistance available)

Homeowners and renters must meet income requirements to qualify for EmPower New York. Participants in this program may be eligible for financial assistance to complete their home energy project(s). You may be eligible if you can answer “yes” to these statements:

  • I live in a home or building with 4 units or fewer;
  • My household income is below 60 percent of the state median income (as listed below) and/or I receive HEAP, SNAP, TANF, or SSI benefits;
    OR
    I participate in a utility payment assistance program;
    OR
  • I am an electricity customer of National Grid, NYSEG, Rochester Gas & Electric OR heat with oil, propane, or kerosene;
  • I am responsible for paying utility bills

EmPower New York Income Eligibility Guidelines 2019*
The current income guidelines for EmPower New York are set at 60% of the state median income.

Household Size Maximum Gross Monthly Income Maximum Gross Annual Income
1 $2,494 $29,928
2 $3,262 $39,144
3 $4,060 $48,360
4 $4,797 $57,564
5 $5,565 $66,780
6 $6,332 $75,984
7 $6,502 $78,020
8 $7,238 $86,860
9 $7,975 $95,700
10 $8,712 $104,540

When the assessment is completed, our BPI certified technician will provide you with a Home Analysis Report. We will review the assessment, including a cost-benefit analysis, any safety or health concerns, and solutions tailored specifically for your home.

Next Steps:

  1. If you qualify for EmPower, please click here to complete the application (and if you do not qualify, see Option #2 below)
  2. Return the completed application to:
    NeighborWorks Community Partners HQ
    Attn: Energy Services
    570 South Avenue
    Rochester, NY 14620
  3. Or scan and email the application to: energy@nwcommunitypartners.org
  4. We submit your application to NYSERDA, who will review it and send their final approval
  5. If your application is approved, you may receive a notification from NYSERDA before we do. If so please contact us at (585) 325-4170 to let us know it was approved and we can schedule your appointment with our buffalo-based team (otherwise, you will hear back from us to schedule your appointment).

Option 2: Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® (Financial-assistance available)

Eligibility for Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program is also based on income and household size, and provides income-eligible households with financial incentives to reduce heating/cooling costs and improve home safety. Before we can schedule your appointment, please review the following levels of qualification and then follow the application instructions below:

ERIE & NIAGARA County Income Limits
Household Occupancy Household Income Limit
1 Person $43,050.00
2 Person $52,192.00
3 Person $64,480.00
4 Person $76,752.00
5 Person $89,040.00
6 Person $101,312.00
7 Person $104,027.00
8 Person $115,813.00
9 Person $127,600.00
10 Person $139,387.00

When the assessment is completed, our BPI Certified technician will provide you with a Home Analysis Report. We will review your results, which include a cost-benefit analysis, health and safety concerns and solutions specifically for your home.

Next Steps:

    1. If you qualify for Assisted Home Performance, please click here to complete the application
    2. Return the completed application to:
      NeighborWorks Community Partners HQ
      Attn: Energy Services
      570 South Avenue
      Rochester, NY 14620
    3. Or scan and email the application to: energy@nwcommunitypartners.org
    4. We submit your application to NYSERDA, who will review it and send their final approval
    5. If your application is approved, you may receive a notification from NYSERDA before we do. If so please contact us at (585) 325-4170 to let us know it was approved and we can schedule your appointment with our Buffalo-based team (otherwise, you will hear back from us to schedule your appointment)

Option 3: Receive a FREE Home Energy Assessment

For those of you whose income is above the eligibility threshold for financial incentives, you are still eligible to receive a free home energy assessment from NeighborWorks® Community Partners Buffalo. All you need to do is contact us at (585) 325-4170, or e-mail us at energy@nwcommunitypartners.org to schedule your appointment with our Buffalo-based team. You can also click here to contact us for us more information.