Happy Holidays from Buffalo Energy!

As we head into the holiday season, we just wanted to say Happy Holiday’s to you and your loved ones!

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2015 Energy Code Changes for Commercial Buildings in New York State!

Energy Codes are changing, folks!BSC_logo

As of January 1st, 2015, the new Energy Conservation Construction Code (ECCCNYS) will be in effect for Commercial Buildings! The new code will have a greater focus on energy efficiency, specifically regarding the building envelop and the HVAC equipment.

Taken directly from the source: “November 18, 2014 the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council voted to adopt an update to commercial provision of the Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (ECCCNYS).The ECCCNYS addresses the design and construction of energy-efficient building envelopes and the installation of energy-efficient mechanical, lighting and power systems through requirements emphasizing performance. This comprehensive code establishes minimum requirements for energy-efficient buildings using prescriptive and performance-related provisions. It makes possible the use of new materials and innovative techniques that conserve energy. The ECCCNYS 2014 which will primarily effect Commercial building construction and renovation, has an effective date of January 1, 2015.”

How do these code changes impact your next project?  One thing is clear – having an energy efficiency partner like Buffalo Energy will be critical for your next project! You will need an expert on your team who understands code changes, blower door testing protocols, ASHRAE standards and how to blend all these things together to create a good project that is financially viable. Energy efficiency partners are key because companies like us have been working to meet and exceed rigorous energy efficiency program standards for years!

Let us help you! We will work with your design team to create the proper shell / HVAC specifications to meet code demands. We will meet with your construction crews to provide construction oversight, proper training on in the field and we will perform inspections to ensure compliance during the construction process.  Additionally, after construction, we will complete the proper test out procedures to confirm code compliance. Lastly, we can identify and qualify your project for energy efficiency incentives where available.

Call us today. The last thing you want to do is to bring us in at the end when the walls are up… because once the walls are up, you’ll give yourself brain damage trying to meet these new code requirements – if you can at all.

You can read about the code changes here: http://www.dos.ny.gov/dcea/energycode_code.html

To check out code training opportunities click here.

Photo courtesy of the USGBC

Photo courtesy of the USGBC

 

Major NYSERDA/GJGNY Financing Transition Update – December 4, 2014

NYSERDA Financing is on its way out… this means we need PACE financing to get approved in all areas of New York State ASAP.
Read about the transition here: GJGNY Financing Changes_to Partners
Date: December 4, 2014 
 
Subject: Green Jobs-Green New York Financing Transition

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Green Jobs-Green New York (GJGNY) Transition

NYSERDA greatly values your participation in our programs and appreciates your partnership in building the market for energy efficiency and/or solar power in New York State.

Since the launch of GJGNY programs in the Fall of 2010, the clean energy market has continued to grow and mature throughout the State. NYSERDA has supported the completion of over 62,000 residential energy efficiency audits and over 24,000 energy efficiency projects. In addition, solar PV has made significant gains, especially since the establishment of the NY-Sun Initiative.

As a result of this market growth, private sector options for customers to invest in and finance clean energy solutions have increased. With this progress, NYSERDA is making changes to GJGNY in order to 1) better focus state resources on underserved areas of the clean energy market, including low- to moderate-income (LMI) households and economically distressed communities, and 2) avoid directly competing with newly emerging and growing private sector solutions.

NYSERDA intends to make the following changes to its GJGNY energy efficiency and solar financing programs:

 

Financing will continue to be offered to LMI customers (those with household income less than or equal to 80% of the area median income) for energy efficiency and solar loans on the current
terms (3.49%, terms up to 15 years, Smart Energy or OBR loans).
 

  • Effective July 1, 2015, assuming at least two third-party loan products are available for market rate customers, GJGNY residential energy efficiency and solar thermal loans (including On-Bill Recovery (OBR)) will be limited to LMI. 
  • Effective April 1, 2015 GJGNY residential solar PV loan applications will be limited to LMI customers. 
  • Effective January 2, 2015 GJGNY loans for multifamily properties will no longer be provided. 
  • Effective April 1, 2015 GJGNY loans for small businesses and nonprofits will no longer be provided. 
NYSERDA will facilitate the introduction of new financing products to our partners through written material and webinars conducted by the lenders.NYSERDA will also launch the following strategies and initiatives to continue supporting the increase in market-wide penetration of energy efficiency and renewable energy:

Starting this week, Community Solar NY will offer “solarize” grants to community groups and organizations to support the aggregation of residential solar projects; these grants will drive down customer acquisition and other soft costs to enable a greater number of households across the state to take advantage of the benefits of solar power.

Starting in mid-2015, the NY-Sun Initiative will pilot various strategies to support solar in LMI
communities.

NYSERDA will pursue and support adoption of “open source” OBR programs (where financing is made available by private capital providers), through anticipated legislative action. A vibrant clean energy marketplace is defined by its competitiveness. Fortunately, New York is making great strides to accelerate and expand private investments in the clean energy economy, to support and attract new business models and market participants, and to continue focusing public resources on underserved areas of the market. We look forward to continuing to partner with you as NYSERDA works to significantly build scale in energy efficiency and solar markets. Please watch for additional information regarding the new financing options, and in the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact

Karen Hamilton at karen.hamilton@nyserda.ny.gov or John Ahearn at john.ahearn@nyserda.ny.gov.

The Many Benefits of Cellulose Insulation.

Cellulose insulation is so much more than just saving money on your heating and cooling costs! Let’s talk about some of the benefits of installing blown cellulose into your home!

Sound Reduction: Did you realize that insulation can help reduce sounds traveling inside and outside of your home? One of our clients was thrilled that once he had cellulose blown into his walls, he could no longer hear his neighbors! This is great for those who live in more urban spaces where they have less space between houses.

Added Comfort: Insulation is like adding a sweater to your body. The dense material adds comfort to your home because once installed, there are less drafts coming in through the wall cavities.

Insulating Older Homes:  Homes built prior to 1960’s are likely to have little to no insulation in the attics and walls. In an existing older building, it is much easier to install blown cellulose insulation in without potentially damaging the historic elements of the home! Check here for an informative brief from the National Park Service on general energy efficiency tips in historic buildings.

Safety: Insulation is known for reducing the spread of fire. There are many case studies but this video is our favorite. Check this video out and see it for yourself!

 

Let it snow!

The snow is upon us, Buffalo!

If you are in need of heating, air sealing and/or insulation services – give us a call right away. We can do an energy audit for your home to identify the most cost effective measures and install it for you! If you are a low income renter or home owner, you may qualify for FREE energy efficiency upgrades, too. This is going to be another tough winter and you deserve to feel comfortable and warm in your home. Give us a call today.

 

Navigating Your Way Through The NYS Energy Efficiency Programs

We wanted to re post this Buffalorising article onto our website.

Bernice tests for CO levels.

Bernice tests for CO levels.

As the temperatures start to drop, many of us worry about how high our heating bills will be. Why worry and stress when there are programs you can take advantage of to reduce your utility costs? Doing energy efficiency upgrades will reduce your heating costs and it will provide added comfort, safety and value to your home!

One of the biggest hurdles is navigating and understanding the NYSERDA New York State residential incentive programs. It is important to note that all these programs require paperwork, time and energy to participate but their results are worth it! NYSERDA will not accept a project that does not make financial sense – meaning you will see a payback and you’ll worry less about how high that heat bill is going to be!

Here is a quick rundown of the programs out there for you.

Paul insulated blown in cellulose into an attic floor cavity. This is a great measure to drastically reduce your utility costs - and it is cost effective!

Paul insulated blown in cellulose into an attic floor cavity. This is a great measure to drastically reduce your utility costs – and it is cost effective!

For Single Family Home Owners (1 – 4 Units)

Your first step: get an energy assessment completed for your home!

For a very limited time, the energy assessment is FREE or provided at a reduced rate depending on your income. The energy assessment will help you identify your priorities and identify costs and savings paybacks for you.

Here are the programs available currently for residential home owners.

·  empower ny – NYSERDA’s EmPower New York program offers FREE energy efficiency services to low-income (i.e., HEAP-eligible) homeowners and/or renters. These services include lighting, insulation and appliance upgrades and more. This is a great program for low income renters who pay utilities – you will immediately reduce your utility bills. click here for details.

·   national fuel has additional cash rebates out there for furnaces, boilers and other upgrades for the 2014/2015 calendar year. (Note: National Fuel incentives and NYSERDA’s programs cannot be combined!)

· assisted home performance – Free home energy assessments and grants of up to $5,000 to pay up to 50 percent of the cost of energy upgrades for low income home owners/renters.

· home performance w/ energy star – Qualify for a 10% cashback incentive and low-interest financing that help you save on the cost of energy upgrades, then pay for them without stretching your budget.

Cyd does an energy audit and blower door test on a house being renovated for HGTV here in Buffalo, NY!

Cyd does an energy audit and blower door test on a house being renovated for HGTV here in Buffalo, NY!

For Multifamily Building Owners (5+ units)

If you own an existing multifamily building and want to upgrade your boilers, windows, insulation, lighting and other energy related items, you can qualify for up to $1,300 per unit in cash incentives if you commit to reducing your utilities by at least 15%. Buildings all around Buffalo have taken advantage of this program already; just ask metro horizon and l&t realty!

For more information on the NYSERDA Multifamily Program, click here.

Important Note: these programs can change quickly! For more information, check out the nyserda website.

Bernice Radle works for buffalo energy. Buffalo Energy designs, consults and installs energy efficiency projects in residential, multifamily and commercial buildings across New York State.

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:

  • High Efficiency Furnaces528788_315199701886973_746750432_n
  • 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!