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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) just announced that more than 1,400 Empire State homeowners made eco-friendly improvements in January and February — an all time high for a two month period in NYSERDA’s ten year history. Most of the energy-efficiency updates were made through the new Green Jobs/Green NY program, which started in November. For the last several weeks, Inhabitat has been reporting the best ways to green your home, so we’re excited to see proof that green renovations are increasing in number.
Types of green renovations completed by NYSERDA have included installing better insulation, programmable thermostats, more energy-efficient furnaces and hot water tanks, plus any number of other changes found necessary after an energy audit. Through Green Jobs/Green NY NYSERDA offers free or low-cost energy audits in conjunction with its Home Performance with Energy Star program.
NYSERDA expects interest in the Green Jobs/Green NY program to continue to rise. Since the program’s inception, they’ve received more than 4,000 applications. Most of the were approved for free audits, while the other couple hundred will received reduced-cost audits. The program also offers low-cost improvement loans for lower income families. At the end of February, an additional 420 homeowners had been approved for low-cost financing to help green their homes.
Contractors will be hiring trained local residents to complete the retrofit work, and NYSERDA estimates that Green Jobs/Green NY will create nearly 6,000 jobs for New Yorkers. In coming months, the eligibility rules will be expanded to include non-profits, small businesses, and multi-family buildings, which means that many more residents and building owners in New York City could benefit from the program.
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