Every solar project should begin with a comprehensive energy audit. Energy efficiency measures can help to maximize the financial and environmental benefits of investing in solar by substantially reducing your base energy load. There are many ways you can reduce electricity use in your home and help reduce your energy bills.
A basic energy audit is also required to receive NYSERDA funding for PV projects.
Energy Efficiency Resources
Department of Energy
Learn more about national energy efficiency programs at the Department of Energy Energy Efficiency website.
NYSERDA $mart Communities (E$C) Program
The NYC Solar America City Partnership is working closely with NYSERDA's $mart Communities (E$C) Program. This program offers local, convenient, community-based access to the NYSERDA’s energy-efficiency and research and development (R&D) programs. The Partnership is working with the local NYSERDA Energy $mart Community Coordinators to host events and conduct outreach. Visit the Energy $mart Communities website to learn more about the benefits of energy efficiency and about this program. Check the schedule of events here.
Con Edison's Green Team Programs
Learn about Con Edison’s energy efficiency programs for homes and businesses.