RGGI at Home
EmPower New York
EmPower New York helps low-income New Yorkers cut energy costs by unding energy eciency improvementssuch as insulation, blower-door assisted air sealing, and heating systems repair and replacements.o date, NYSERDA has invested more than $550,000 o a planned $3,000,000 toward energy education, energy audits, and on-the-spot energy eciency upgrades in low-income households. Tese investments are anticipatedto save hundreds o dollars a year or those hit hardest by energy prices.For example, a couple in Greeneld Center cut their energy bills in hal aer installing a new boiler andimproved insulation through EmPower New York. Te average annual savings or program participants in theprogram are 125 gallons o oil and approximately $500. A amily in Watertown used EmPower resources to addinsulation to their attic, seal doorways, install a programmable thermostat, reduce air leakage rom recessedlights, repair a bathroom vent, and vent the clothes dryer. Te amily estimates they will save approximately $670a year in the cost o home heating oil.
Green Residential Building Program
Financial incentives are also being provided to owners o new homes and existing residential buildings that havebeen renovated to reduce energy use by up to 30 percent.Altogether, 81 projects have received $427,000 in RGGI monies with resulting electricity savings o more than300,000 kilowatts and over 4,500 Million Metric British thermal units (MMBtu) in natural gas savings annually.Over 10 years, this represents more than $620,000 in utility bill savings.For example, in Rochester, a home builder who has completed more than 20 RGGI-unded projects built newhomes 30 percent more ecient than conventional new home construction thanks to incentives rom the GreenResidential Building Program. Te homes received the National Green Building Standard Program’s “GoldStandard,” and eature continuous ventilation systems, tankless water heaters, and highly ecient urnaces.
RGGI Investments by Program
EmPower New York – $557,029
Green Residential Building – $427,567
Home Performance – $96,417
Multifamily – $2,221,648
Solar Thermal – $255,294
Solar PV – $10,635,951
Green Jobs New York – $18,606,902
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