It is a self-financing residential retrofit program for upgrading the energy efficiency of existing homes in the Town of
Babylon. The program will enable residents to make their homes greener and healthier at little or no out-of-pocket
cost. Often, residents will save money immediately from making these improvements.
Most homes–even newer ones–have not been constructed to building performance standards that conserve energy. The overwhelming
majority of homes on Long Island are wasting considerable amounts of energy and contributing unnecessary greenhouse
gasses to the environment. Leaking energy means that homeowners are wasting a lot of money. With fuel costs at all
time highs and in a region where utility rates are among the highest in the nation, homeowners can no longer afford
to waste energy.
By reducing the amount of energy needed to power our homes we will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are
causing global warming. Every time we turn a light on in our homes or turn up the thermostat or turn on an air conditioner,
we are using energy from a power plant or burning scarce fossil fuels (oil and natural gas), all of which produce greenhouse
gas emissions. By combating global warming and cleaning the air, you are also preventing the need to build more power
plants and are reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.
A Town of Babylon Licensed Green Homes Contractor will conduct a comprehensive energy audit of your home to determine what
energy-efficient home improvements may be effective. The contractor will prepare a detailed report that will demonstrate
the savings you will receive from making the improvements. The savings will, generally, cover the cost of the upgrades.
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.
Retrofitting refers to the addition of new technology or features (such as insulation, more efficient boilers) to older systems
(or your home). By improving your homes energy usage, Long Island Green Homes aims to prevent unnecessary air leakage
and wasted energy escaping from your home.
One of our town licensed BPI certified, Energy contractors. This The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) measures
the knowledge, skills and competency of individuals, and evaluates the organizations impacting building performance.
BPI has an integrated certification, accreditation and quality assurance program designed to support the building performance
contracting industry. BPI ensures our contractors are educated to the highest standards for energy efficiency improvement
work, and are exceptionally qualified to complete the efficiency improvements on your home.
The best part of the Long Island Green Homes program is that there are no up-front costs to the homeowner for the improvements.
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.
The Town is not making loans to residents. The Town is expanding the definition of solid waste to include energy waste, based
on its carbon content. By defining energy waste in this way, the Town is able to provide energy-efficient improvements
to Babylon residents’ homes from its solid waste fund. This type of measure is known as a “benefit assessment.” A benefit
assessment can be established when a municipality provides a specific improvement on a parcel of property for a public
purpose, assessing the cost of the benefit against the property. In the case of Long Island Green Homes, the energy-efficient
improvements to homes serve a vital purpose, remediating the environmental damage caused by leaky and inefficient homes.
The Town will provide for energy saving improvements up to $12,000 per home and the homeowner will pay 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 resident’s energy bills resulting from the energy-efficient improvements. The Town will
charge a 3% administrative fee which will be built into the monthly payments residents will make to pay for the improvements.
The LI Green Homes program can only issue contracts to homeowners. However if a landlord chooses to participate in the Long
Island Green Homes program, the residents will benefit from the efficiency improvements as well. The program is currently
open for those residing in one or two family homes.
Yes, there are a number of great programs that you can participate in! If you live on Long Island, you can
get assistance navigating the various home energy efficiency programs by contacting your Town's Long Island Green Homes
office and letting them know you are interested in making your home energy efficient. Visit the
Long Island Green Homes Consortium website to find the contact information for your Town's office. If you live
in New York State, you can take advantage of the
Green Jobs Green New York (GJGNY) program, which offers low interest financing and rebates/incentives to help you
complete your energy efficiency project. You can also refer to
PSEG-LI's website which has information about home energy efficiency and details about their programs.
When you sell your home the benefits associated with the energy efficient home improvements pass automatically to the new
homeowner, so it is only fair that any remaining costs for the improvements will also pass automatically. Once you
sell your home your liability for any additional payments is over.
Absolutely not. You will be hiring a contractor as you would for any other type of work you would want to do in your house.
The only difference here is that the contractors are licensed by the Town to insure they have the credentials and capability
to properly do this kind of work. At no time will Town employees be permitted to enter your home without your explicit
Although the program is starting in Babylon it is our expectation that it will be replicated throughout Long Island and New
York State. The potential benefit to homeowners, to our environment and our economy is too substantial for this program
to be offered only in Babylon. The name also reflects the fact that this program is in line with regional and statewide
objectives under the leadership of New York State Governor David Paterson. Governor Paterson’s Renewable Energy Taskforce
recently proposed a roadmap to pave New York’s way to energy independence including the need for comprehensive building
efficiency. In recent years, the Long Island Green Homes name has been adopted by a consortium of towns from all over
the island. The
Long Island Green Homes Consortium works to promote energy efficiency and help homeowners navigate the various
available energy efficiency programs.
Before we can schedule you for a Home Performance Audit, we need some information about your home's energy use. Please fill
out the Self-Check Home Inventory Form, which includes some basic questions about your home, as well as your energy
usage habits. In addition to the form, you will be asked to provide your two most recent years of utility usage data;
that includes your electricity, oil, and/or gas. If you don't have this information, please request it from your utility
providers by calling or visiting their websites.
Click HERE for step by step directions on how to get your PSEG-LI electricity data from
click HERE for directions on how to get National Grid natural gas data from
http://www.nationalgridus.com This .information helps us to insure that we estimate your energy savings accurately
and is required in order to receive an energy audit at no cost. If you have not been living in your home for more than
two years, or are unable to obtain the data, you can still participate. Please give us a call and we'll help you get
Once we have processed the data from your Self-Check Home Inventory Form, a Town of Babylon licensed Long Island Green
Homes Contractor will perform a Home Performance Audit 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 rebates and incentives (from NYSERDA, PSEG-LI, and/or National
Grid) apply. Please call our office at (631) 422-4411 if you have any further questions or concerns.
Once we get your form and utility data, we’ll call you to set up an energy audit within a day or two. Once the audit is preformed
and the work is recommended, we can have the work finished within 1 to 2 weeks. So you can start seeing a savings within
2-3 weeks from today.
We still recommend that you have a professional energy audit to be certain that your home is running efficiently. We have
found that many homeowners are unaware of the significant energy problems in their home.
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.
YES, you may qualify for PSEG-LI, National Grid, and/or NYSERDA rebates for the work on your home. Qualifying for these rebates
is dependent on the heating/cooling equipment in your home, your income, and the scope of your project. The
Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) can give you an idea of the rebates that you
may qualify for, but the best way to determine your rebate eligibility is to complete a home energy audit and discuss
your options with your contractor.
In the past there were tax credits available, but
currently there are no Federal or State tax credits for the home energy efficiency work being done through
the Long Island Green Homes program (or any other program for that matter).
Despite this, the generous rebates that are available from local utilities and from NYSERDA mean that you still
receive substantial savings on your project! Virtually every project that is being done through the program receives
at least one rebate, and many receive more than one.