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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced that it has selected Halco; Snug Planet, LLC; and The Insulation Man, LLC to provide home energy ratings in Tompkins County, as part of the first phase of the Home Energy Ratings Pilot. The Home Energy Ratings Pilot is designed to help owners of one- to four- family homes who are ready to invest in their homes and are looking for independent, trustworthy energy performance information. Today's announcement supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's 2025 energy efficiency target of 185 trillion BTUs (British thermal units) in energy savings, the equivalent to energy consumed by 1.8 million New York homes, and supports the Governor's Green New Deal, a nation-leading clean energy and jobs agenda that put New York on a path to a carbon-free economy.

"New York is investing in innovative ways for homeowners to reduce energy use and costs in support of the state's ambitious clean energy goals," said NYSERDA President and CEO Alicia Barton. "Congratulations to these companies for being chosen to provide homeowners in Tompkins County with home energy ratings that will help them improve the energy performance and comfort of their home while reducing carbon emissions."

Halco (Phelps, NY), Snug Planet, LLC (Ithaca, NY), and The Insulation Man, LLC (Binghamton, NY) will provide homeowners in Tompkins County with Pearl Home Certification from Pearl, a private residential energy efficiency certification firm. Each rating comes with a list of recommendations that helps the homeowner plan upgrades to increase the efficiency and comfort of their home.

Tompkins County is one of two communities – along with Queens – where homeowners will be eligible to receive a home energy rating at no cost during the initial phase of the pilot. Planning is underway for future phases of the pilot in 2019 with Irondequoit, Broome County, Staten Island, and Tonawanda as additional pilot locations.

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