Thursday, March 1st, 2012 by Hal Smith
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has honored Home Energy Performance By Halco as its top contractor in New York State.
From the 200 participating contractors in the state (and that includes New York City and Long Island), our company, headquartered in Phelps, was recognized for excellence in customer service and high-quality work through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program, which helps homeowners reduce energy usage and cut energy costs.
Home Energy Performance by Halco received the award for "Outstanding Achievement and Excellence for top customer service,high quality solutions, and in-house professional employee training." NYSERDA also noted that Halco is one of the most productive contractors in the program, completing 399 jobs in 2010-2011." The award was presented to President Hal Smith at the recent Affordable Comfort Inc. (ACI) conference in Saratoga Springs.
Home Performance with ENERGY STAR uses a "whole house," comprehensive assessment approach to reduce home energy usage. Homeowners work with a participating contractor, like Halco, trained in building science and accredited by the Building Performance Institute (BPI). Our Home Energy Performance professionals measures the home's overall energy performance, especially its insulation and air infiltration levels, and the efficiency of heating and cooling equipment, appliances and lighting. We also test ovens, water heaters and other equipment to make sure dangerous combustion gases, such as carbon monoxide, are not leaking into the home. The homeowner receives a comprehensive home assessment report that includes recommendations for home improvements that will save energy. Halco can then make the energy improvements for the homeowner. Through funding from Green Jobs-Green New York (GJGNY), established by the New York State Legislature to encourage energy efficiency, the home energy assessments are free for most New Yorkers. NYSERDA also provides help in paying for the energy improvements through cash-back incentives and low-cost financing.
Francis J. Murray Jr., president and CEO of NYSERDA, said, "Increased energy efficiency is the best way that all New Yorkers can decrease both their energy consumption and costs while at the same time realizing positive environmental benefits. Energy efficiency work also provides good jobs and bolsters the economic development of our communities."
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