EmPower NY – Free Upgrades for Low Income Homeowners & Renters in Buffalo!

Do you want free energy efficiency upgrades to your home? Call us today!

Our insulation crews on site insulating a home for HGTV!

Our insulation crews on site insulating a home for HGTV!

If your household income is below 60 percent of the state median income or you participate in a utility payment assistance program, you should consider applying for the EmPower Program. By participating in the EmPower NY, you can get FREE energy saving measures such as lighting, appliances, insulation and much more for your house no matter if you rent or own! This will help make you more comfortable and safe while decreasing the amount of money you spend on your utility bills.

  • To learn more about what to expect from this program, click here.
  • To find out if you are eligible for the program, click here.

For more information about EmPower, give us a call right away! As a partner of this program, we are able to do the assessment and the work needed to get you the free upgrades your home needs.

NYSERDA Residential Programs – Start Saving Energy and Money!

If you are interested in getting your home to be more energy efficient, there are many residential programs out there for you to take advantage of. (Click here for the link) Many programs give discounts and even FREE work for those who income qualify. EmPower NY is a program that is loved – it offers renters new appliances, insulation and other energy efficiency work for FREE if you income qualify.

If these programs don’t work for you – call us! Often times you can forget the program and just do common sense things to your home that will save you money, add comfort and increase your home value! We can consult, design and install the measures your home will need including HVAC, Insulation and Air Sealing.

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The Importance of Fall Furnace Maintenance!

Fall Maintenance on your furnace is super important… and here’s why.

Think of your furnace like your car engine. Every few thousand miles, it needs a new filter, an oil change and a car wash. Doing that protects the car, keeps the engine running smooth and gives YOU peace of mind that everything is ok with your car.

Well, a furnace isn’t much different!! In order for your furnace to run efficiently, safely, prolong its lifespan and give you peace of mind – you should be getting a clean & tune done at least once a year. The clean and tune is inexpensive and really can help save raise the efficiency of your equipment, identify potential health and safety issues and it cleans out the dust and pollen so it doesn’t blow it around in your house. With a clean and tune, you get a new air filter and a freshly cleaned furnace that is now running in tip top shape!

Hey, if we haven’t convinced you, check out what “This Old House” has to say about it!

Of course, we do much more than just clean and tunes. We can install and maintain every type of heating and cooling system. We also install air sealing and insulation and we can consult/design a plan to reduce your energy bills. For a list of all of our HVAC services, click here. Give us a call today to schedule your clean and tune!

Matt begins a clean & tune in Buffalo, NY.

Matt begins a clean & tune in Buffalo, NY.

Buffalo Energy’s HVAC Services in Western New York & Buffalo!

The leaves are turning colors and winter is almost here! Now is the time to get your heating system replaced, services and/or cleaned & tuned. Let Buffalo Energy help you save money by reducing your utility costs and getting your equipment running in tip top shape for this heating season!

Here are a list of HVAC services we do. At the very least, you should be cleaning & tuning your heating equipment once a year, which we can do! Give us a call today for a quote and/or email Patrick at patrick@buffalo-energy.com.

We can install and service the following HVAC equipment in Western NY and the City of Buffalo:

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  • High Efficiency DHW Tanks
  • Tankless Hot Water Tanks
  • Hot Water Boilers
  • Air Conditioning Units
  • Roof Top Units
  • Mini Split Systems
  • Install and Troubleshoot Gas Piping
  • Duct Work
  • Standard DHW & Furnace Installs
  • System Design
  • Clean & Tunes

At Buffalo Energy, we are a NYSERDA partner, which means we can connect our home owners and property managers to the most up to date incentives out there for your equipment and service work. Here are the incentive programs we work in currently.

  • EmPower NY – Renters / Home Owners – Residential & Multifamily
  • Home Performance w/ Energy Star – Residential
  • Assisted Home Performance – Residential
  • Green Jobs Green New York – Free Energy Audit
  • NYSERDA Multifamily Program – 5+ Units and Up
  • National Fuel / National Grid Rebate Programs – Residential
  • NYSERDA Commercial Programs – RTU / Pre Qual & More!

And as always , if you are planning a renovation or new project of any kind, call us. We are not just HVAC or insulation contractors – we are certified Home Performance Specialists. We know how to fix your building right so you are comfortable and not spending a small fortune on utilities each year. Give us a call today!

 

Air Sealing & Insulation Videos – Buffalo Energy in Action!

September is here and that means heating season is right around the corner! Here are a few videos related to air sealing and insulation that we have taken. If you want to reduce your utility bills quickly, conside getting your walls/attic/basement air sealed and insulated- it is a cost effective way to reduce your heating bills while adding comfort in your home, apartment or commercial building! Give us a call today for a free quote.

The Buffalo Energy Summer Photo Collection!

With summer winding down, we wanted to take a moment to put together a photo slide show of our favorite photos from the summer! This summer has been super fun and very busy! We have cranked out a lot of energy audits and Energy Reduction Plans, we have air sealed and insulated several complexes and we had a very successful green drinks event at the Handlebar Pub to celebrate the energy efficient Swan Street project.

It is never too early to think about reducing your winter heating bills. The sooner you install energy efficiency measures in your home or commercial building, the sooner you are saving money, adding comfort and reducing maintenance headaches. Give us a call today!

Here are a few simple ways to reduce your electric bill.

Western NY is having a heat wave right now – high 80’s all week! It’s great to see summer extended well into September however, it’s also means higher electric bills due to cooling. There are tons of articles on the internet on ways to reduce your utilities in many creative ways but we wanted to do a quick post with a few ways that you can do now to reduce your electric bill!

Here are a few simple, cost effective ways to reduce your electric bill.

1. Upgrade your lighting.

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The POLAR LED Light with a motion sensor.

LED lighting is coming way down in price but if those can’t make it into the budget, do your best to get compact florescent bulbs (CFL’s) in every light fixture.
CFL’s use half the energy as a traditional bulb. LED are half that of CFL’s. Also, consider using timers or motion sensors in laundry rooms and basements so your lights only stay on for as long as you need them! We have been testing out these POLAR LED light bulbs with a motion sensor attached here at the office and they are cheap and work well. Solar lights for the garden and outside walkways don’t cost you a penny on your electric bill and can be very effective!

2. Upgrade to Energy Star Appliances.

Your appliances consume a lot of energy! Keep en eye out for the Energy Star label. Energy Star appliances are much more energy efficient than the standard options out there. ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators are required to use about 20% less energy than non-certified models. Choosing a new certified model over a standard model and cut your energy bills by more than $125 over the lifetime of your fridge. If you want cooling in your home, pick up an Energy Star window air conditioner. They have come down in price over the past few years and are at least 15% more energy efficient than the standard wall units available.

3. Get your home air sealed and insulated!

Air seal the holes so your cool air doesn’t escape and insulate it so the house stays cooler longer. (This goes the same for heat in the winter!) Air sealing and Insulating your house is one of the most cost effective things you can do and it has so many other added benefits – sound barriers, reduces pests from coming in and adds comfort. To learn more about insulating and air sealing, check out this link.

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EmPower NY: Free Efficiency Upgrades For Low Income Renters or Home Owners!

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If your household income is below 60 percent of the state median income or you participate in a utility payment assistance program, you should consider applying for the EmPower Program. By participating in the EmPower NY, you can get FREE energy saving measures such as lighting, appliances, insulation and much more for your house no matter if you rent or own! This will help make you more comfortable and safe while decreasing the amount of money you spend on your utility bills.

  • To learn more about what to expect from this program, click here.
  • To find out if you are eligible for the program, click here.

For more information about EmPower, give us a call right away! As a partner of this program, we are able to do the assessment and the work needed to get you the free upgrades your home needs.

 

Mapping Our NYSERDA Multifamily Projects – August 2014

This is a cool visual – we decided to map all of our projects to date.

What you are looking at is literally 150 multifamily projects statewide! Our multifamily projects average approx. 112 units per project and they range from your average suburban complex to the market rate new construction project downtown and everything in between. We have helped building owners reduce the utility consumption by a minimum of 15% by installing insulation, air sealing, high efficiency mechanical systems and other energy saving measures.

The best part for us is that our work directly benefits the residents. Our projects have helped approximately 24,000 New Yorkers become more safe and comfortable in their homes. The residents are the ones who benefit from lower utility bills, reduced cold drafts in the winter months and upgrades to their appliances.

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Some of the Faces Behind the Buffalo Energy Name!

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We snapped this pic after a quarterly meeting last week. It isn’t everyone but it is most of our company!!