Big Savings For Homeowners

By Kelly McCarthy

November 13, 2012 Updated Nov 13, 2012 at 7:25 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A "Lunch and Learn" workshop offered homeowners a chance to stop in for lunch and find out ways to reduce home energy costs while increasing efficiency.

The workshop introduces programs and incentives for energy-savings home upgrades, such as insulation, doors, and windows.

One of the programs promoted is"Green Jobs, Green New York."

The program saves the average homeowner $900 a year.

Homeowners who attended could sign up for a free energy assessment after lunch.

"The energy assessment is free to anyone who's making under $123,600 living in Broome or Tioga counties, but to get the free money you have to be sort of in a moderate income category and you've got to do a bit of paperwork," said Adam Flint, a Resource Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Unlike popular belief, a energy-saving home assessment is recommended for owners of newer and older homes.

Homeowners that qualify can get up to five thousand dollars for home repairs through the various programs.

"If you are unhappy with your heating bills, if there are some places that are uncomfortable, if you've had flu-like symptoms and you don't know why, you should check this out," said Flint.

Flint says the only catch is that some incentives require a time commitment and quite a bit of paperwork before qualifying.

To sign up for a free home energy assessment click here.

You can also call Cornell Cooperative Extension with questions at (607) 772-8953 and (607) 723-0110.