A few months back we were approached by Smithtown Report, a program on the Town of Smithtown Government Television's YouTube Channel, for a story on energy efficiency and the Long Island Green Homes Initiative that was launched in November of 2015. Along with filming interviews with our owner, Jay Best, and visiting one of our projects in action, the video focuses on the work we did for one of our clients in the Smithtown area.
In a recent issue of the Long Island Business News, a column by LIBN columnist Bernadette Starzee titled 'The Green Team' featured comments by Jay Best, Founder and Owner of Green Audit USA. Below is the column in its entirety.
Long Island’s homes are largely inefficient. But while homeowners from Mineola to Montauk think it’s a good idea to make upgrades to cut their energy bills, multiple efforts to get them to do so have failed to win mass adoption.
Recently Green Audit USA Founder and President Jay Best was interviewed for Elephant Networking's Connect Big Podcast. Host Valerie Lampe spoke with Jay about residential energy efficiency and how making the right upgrades to your home can help make your home safer, healthier and more efficient while reducing heating and electricity costs. Jay also spoke about the growing interest among prospective home buyers in energy efficient homes and how making energy efficient upgrades to your home can help to increase the value of your home if you are looking to sell.
It is that time of year again. Tax season. As April 15th draws near our thoughts are on either filing out tax returns on time or possibly a request for an extension. For homeowners who have already filed, they are awaiting their refunds while contemplating how to use the money that Uncle Sam has so nicely said we can have back. Some will save it and some will spend it, perhaps on a vacation or an item they were holding off on purchasing until they got their tax refund.
Since the early 80's, American homes have grown more energy efficient, even as our use of cell phones, video game consoles and other electronic devices has soared. This is largely due to improved energy codes, which result in lower heating and cooling bills as well as reduced environmental impact. Even wit the improved energy codes, there is still more that can be done to improve the energy efficiency in the home. The first step is to have a home energy efficiency audit performed so that you can better understand the current energy efficiency level of your home, where there are issues that can be addressed and more importantly, how much you can save by addressing those issues.
We became aware late last week that Power Smith, one of the larger and more reputable home performance companies on Long Island, was shutting down its operations. Power Smith opened their doors in 2010 and developed a reputation for quality work. Over the next 5 years they grew quickly especially in the Long Island market, especially in the Babylon Area. While we were competitors, we cooperated on many public awareness and industry development initiatives.
ALERT - Increases to Green Jobs-Green New York Interest Rates for Program Sustainability coming Jan 31 2016
For the last several years, the Green Jobs-Green New York (GJGNY) residential loan program has assisted homeowners with loans to participate in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects within New York State. In an announcement made in Oct of 2015, two increases were put in place to transition interest rates available to some higher income homeowners to sustain the program so that it will continue to assist New York homeowners in the years to come. Low and middle income homeowners will not be impacted. These changes were necessary to keep this program in place for the benefit of all homeowners.
The interest rate increases that will take effect for loan applications received on or after February 1, 2016 are as follows: