Posts Tagged ‘Home Performance with ENERGY STAR’

GreenHomes wins a Century Club Award, again!

November 5, 2012

It’s nice to be recognized.  This is the third year in a row in fact.   The EPA and the DOE have recognized GreenHomes America –  Syracuse with the Century Club Award.   An award that goes to the contractor that has improved the energy efficiency of more than 100 homes in the past year through Home Performance with ENERGY STAR.  Home Performance with ENERGY STAR offers homeowners a comprehensive whole house approach to improving energy efficiency and comfort while saving money on utility bills and helping to protect the environment. 

Our Syracuse location, a leading contractor in central New York and part of the national GreenHomes America network, improved well over 400 homes last year!

Congratulations to Syracuse!  It is great to know that as a network we are charging along across the country in states that participate in the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program as well as states that don’t.  Look for a GreenHomes America location near you! 



New Year Resolutions in New York

December 27, 2011

We have a number of GreenHomes America locations in New York State.  Recently NYSERDA suggested some New Year resolutions for this coming year. You can read all of the resolutions here, but here are some highlights I like, and surprise, surprise;  they can work in other states too!

Watch out for build up: One of the easiest things to do is remove build-up in your clothes dryer’s lint trap before every load. Removing built up lint not only reduces the risk of fire but also will increase drying efficiency and could save you up to $34 per year.

Keep your bills out of hot water: Identify-and fix-any water leaks in your home. Leaky faucets and showerheads, for example, can be a big source of waste. Repairing these fixtures can save you up to $100 per year. And, don’t forget to inspect your hot water heater for leakage. At a rate of one drip per second, your home can waste gallons of water in a short time, costing you money.

Seal the gaps: Air leaks can occur in some unusual and out-of-the-way places-crawl spaces, attics, overhangs, garages, porches and other architectural features, to name a few. Be sure to have a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® contractor investigate these problem areas and make recommendations on how to make your home’s openings air-tight. By sealing and insulating your home, you could increase your home’s energy efficiency by up to 20 percent.

Turn it off: Make a conscious effort to turn off electronics or appliances when they are not in use. If no one is watching TV—turn it off. Try using a power strip as a central “turn off” point for easy access in powering down multiple pieces of equipment—such as a DVD player, a Blu-RayTM player and a television—all at once. Once you develop this simple habit, you’ll achieve savings the rest of the year.

Look for the star: If you are thinking about replacing electronics or appliances, look for the ENERGY STAR label. These units have advanced features that improve energy efficiency. For more information on ENERGY STAR appliances, visit 

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®: For more ways to save energy, ask an accredited Home Performance contractor to conduct a comprehensive home energy assessment, which is free for most New York homeowners. The contractor will discuss the energy improvements you can do in 2012 to save more on your utility bills, along with the incentives and financing available to make these improvements more affordable.

An energy assesment from GreenHomes America can help you sort out some New Year’s resolutions of your own and help you stick to them! And, un-like the going to the gym for some parts of January, it won’t hurt I promise.

Thanks and Happy New Year,


Home Performance Growing Nationally

September 9, 2010

In a newsletter today, the U.S. EPA reported that Home Performance with ENERGY STAR is on track to exceed its 2010 national goal of 30,000 installations!  With programs reporting for the first half of 2010, the total number of jobs is over 15,900.   We’re excited to be an enthusiastic and award-winning participant as Home Performance becomes the go-to existing home energy efficiency program in the country–excited because it means more homeowners have access to the science-based whole-house solutions we deliver to make homes more comfortable, durable, and energy-efficient.

Home performance comes to Utah with GreenHomes America and ESCO Services

September 1, 2010

We’re delighted to welcome Utah-based ESCO Services to the GreenHomes family.

Since 1977, ESCO has been providing services to Utah homeowners, including, heating, cooling, electrical, and plumbing.  They serve metropolitan Salt Lake City area, as well as Davis, Summit and Tooele counties. 

With their commitment to quality and customer service, they’re a great fit with GreenHomes, and we look forward to bringing home performance to Utah and hit the ground running with Utah’s new Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.

Read the more about GreenHomes/ESCO venture.


GreenHomes and ASI Hastings Bring Home Performance to San Diego

July 9, 2010

GreenHomes America welcomes San Diego-based ASI Hastings Heating and Air to the family.

San Diego Heating and Air Conditioning ContractorASI Hastings is the largest residential retail heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) enterprise in San Diego, with more than 65 employees. The 58-year-old firm has served over 500,000 homeowners in the San Diego area, and they will now add home performance retrofits to their services.

Home Performance contractors begin their work with a home energy audit, which uses advanced technology such as blower doors, infrared cameras, and computerized modeling to assess a home’s unique energy usage footprint and comfort issues. The energy audit diagnoses where the home is leaking air to the outside; measures the efficiency of cooling and heating systems; determines the effectiveness of insulation, ducts, windows, and doors; and checks combustion safety and gas leaks. After work is completed by in-house crews, the home energy audit is performed again to ensure issues are fixed and the project is successful.

GreenHomes President, Brett Knox notes, “With their excellent reputation, focus on quality, and solid operating foundation, ASI Hasting is the ideal partner for GreenHomes in the region.”

Read more about the GreenHomes/ASI Hasting venture in this news release.


New York customers: National Grid has no more cash for rebates

April 14, 2010

For our New York customers, National Grid has run out of money for its rebate program and is no longer offering them.  Fortunately, NYSERDA’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR is still up and running.   We anticipate significant changes to the Home Performance program in the coming months making it more difficult for many homeowners to access rebates.  As such, we’re encouraging our customers to act quickly before those incentives including cash back and loans is gone, too.

[October 2010 Update:  Rebates are back.  See]


Congratulations to ENERGY STAR Homes

November 24, 2009

ENERGY STAR HomesEarlier this month, EPA announced that its Energy Star program passed a major milestone with 1 Million Energy Star Homes having been built in the United States.  Good stuff–with families saving energy, money, and being more comfortable.

This type of performance isn’t limited to new homes, however.  With a comprehensive approach, existing homes can be retrofited to perform better than many newly constructed homes–even exceeding the Energy Star standards!


GreenHomes and “Home Performance” in the Journal of Light Construction

October 26, 2009

JLC Sept 2009 Home Performance ContractingThanks for the great feedback from many of you on the article on “Home Performance Contracting” in the September 2009 issue of the Journal of Light Construction.  For those of you who haven’t had the chance to read it, it’s available on the GreenHomes website.   And contractors lurking out there, you should also consider subscribing to JLC—one of the best periodicals to follow to stay on top of developments in the residential and light commercial contracting sectors.


U.S. House passes historic climate and energy bill

June 27, 2009

Thursday evening the House pass a bill to address climate change and energy use, a big part of Obama’s agenda.  Of course, Obama can’t sign these provisions into law unless a similar bill passes the Senate.  An energy bill has solid support there, but many expect the climate portion to present a bigger challenge.

My favorite part of the bill is the energy-efficiency direction introduced by Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont which would help bring Home Performance with ENERGY STAR to more states around the country so homeowners can experience the results seen by participants in New York and New Jersey, for example.

See more in articles in the NY Times or the Washington Post.

[See update, Peter Welch’s remarks on the energy bill.]


Homeowners Recognize ENERGY STAR

June 14, 2009
ENERGY STAR logo recognized by 76% of households

ENERGY STAR logo recognized by 76% of households

Old news now, but I just stumbled across it… 

An April 2009 Report by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency indicates that 76% of households recognized the ENERGY STAR label.  That’s good news since the label is intended to make it easy to find energy-efficient products.  And it’s encouraging for contractors like GreenHomes America who voluntarily subject ourselves to the higher standards of Home Performance with ENERGY STAR. 


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