In an on-going effort to make Long Island homes more energy efficient, reduce their carbon footprint, and stimulate the regional economy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and the Towns of Babylon and Southampton announced a new component of LIPA’s Home Performance with Energy Star® Program which will make LIPA the first utility in the nation to partner with Energy Star for remodeling or expanding residential homes.
The Remodel with Energy Star component is a pilot program for LIPA electric heat and/or central air conditioning customers which provides incentives for energy efficient home remodeling projects that are aimed to achieve a “net zero” energy goal or beyond for a remodeled space or addition.
Each home will receive a Home Energy Score and rebates through LIPA’s Home Performance with Energy Star pilot program up to $5,000. Home Performance contractors and remodelers will each receive $500.00 for qualifying projects. As part of the remodeling project, a participating contractor in LIPA’s Home Performance with Energy Star program will work with a selected remodeling professional to look for energy improvement opportunities throughout the existing home and renovation plans. The contractor will also use state-of-the-art equipment and building techniques to ensure that the home improvement project conforms to energy efficiency guidelines set forth by the U.S EPA and U.S. Department of Energy.