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New Buffalo Impact.  Everything you need to make your home energy efficient.

New Buffalo Impact is your home energy improvement contractor serving all of Erie County, Niagara County and Western New York including: Amherst, Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Clarence, Depew, East Aurora, Grand Island, Kenmore, Lancaster,Lewiston, Lockport, Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda, Orchard Park, Tonawanda, West Seneca, Williamsville, Wheatfield.
Home Energy Improvement definitions
Common energy improvement definitions
BPI - The Building Performance Institute, Inc. is a recognized global leader supporting the development of a highly professional building performance industry through individual and organizational credentialing and a rigorous quality assurance program.  Regularly updates technical requirements and measures the knowledge, skills and competency of individuals working in the industry.

Insulation ratings -  An R-value indicates an insulation's resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating effectiveness. The R-value depends on the type of insulation,  and includes its material, thickness, and density. When calculating the R-value of a multilayered installation, add the R-values of the individual layers. Installing more insulation in your home increases the R-value and the resistance to heat flow. The effectiveness of an insulation's resistance to heat flow also depends on how and where the insulation is installed. For example, insulation that is compressed will not provide its full rated R-value. The overall R-value of a wall or ceiling will be somewhat different from the R-value of the insulation itself because some heat flows around the insulation through the studs and joists. Therefore, it's important to properly install your insulation to achieve the maximum R-value. The amount of insulation or R-value you'll need depends on your climate, type of heating and cooling system, and the section of the house you plan to insulate.
Comprehensive home energy assessment - Your participating contractor will perform a Comprehensive Home Assessment, which generally lasts up to three hours. The assessment provides homeowners with valuable information regarding the existing condition of their home, and identifies areas where energy efficiency, comfort and safety improvements can and should be made. During the Comprehensive Home Assessment, the contractor completes a visual inspection of the living space, attic, basement (or crawl spaces), and performs a number of tests using special diagnostic equipment. This equipment includes a blower door, which helps the contractor measure how much, and where, air is leaking from your home. Most importantly, your contractor will perform essential health and safety tests to determine whether the major combustion appliances (furnace, boiler, hot water tank and stove) in your home are operating safely. According to BPI health and safety standards, if these tests identify any potential threats in the home, the recommended health and safety repairs must be included in any work scope you choose to implement.

NYSERDA - New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is a public benefit corporation created in 1975. NYSERDA's principal goal is to help all New York State utility customers solve their energy and environmental problems while developing new, innovative products and services that can be manufactured or commercialized by New York State firms.

Heat Smart NY - First and most importantly, if you are having trouble paying your energy bills and need assistance, there are a variety of programs you can turn to for help. HeatSmartNY.org consolidates   information about energy bill assistance and programs.   In addition, HeatSmartNY is filled with low-cost and no-cost tips to guide you and get your home ready for winter.  With HeatSmartNY, you can also learn about programs available to help you plan for larger upgrades to make your home more energy efficient.
HEAP - HEAP is a federally funded program that issues heating benefits to supplement a household's annual energy cost. HEAP also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat related energy emergency. Additionally, HEAP offers a furnace repair and/or replacement benefit for households with inoperable heating equipment.
Energy audit - A home energy audit is the first step to assess how much energy your home consumes and to evaluate what measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient. An audit will show you problems that may, when corrected, save you significant amounts of money over time. During the audit, you can pinpoint where your house is losing energy. Audits also determine the efficiency of your home's heating and cooling systems. An audit may also show you ways to conserve hot water and electricity. You can perform a simple energy audit yourself, or have a professional energy auditor carry out a more thorough audit.

Blower door test - A blower door is a diagnostic tool designed to measure the air tightness of buildings, and to help locate air leakage sites. A blower door consists of a calibrated  fan for measuring an airflow rate, and a pressure sensing device to measure the air pressure created by the fan flow. The combination of pressure and fan-flow measurements are used to determine the building air tightness.

Infrared scan - Energy auditors may use thermography-or infrared scanning-to detect thermal defects and air leakage in building envelopes. Infrared scanning allows energy auditors to check the effectiveness of insulation in a building's construction. The resulting thermograms help auditors determine whether a building needs insulation and where in the building it should go. Thermographic scans are also commonly used with a blower door test running. The blower door helps exaggerate air leaking through defects in the building shell.

Energy footprint - An energy footprint is a measure of land required to absorb the CO2 emissions. This approach focuses on the outcome of energy use, that is CO2 emissions, to highlight the problem and pave the way for corrective action to be taken.

Comprehensive home performance assessment report - Written report of your home's energy efficiency, problems and detailed plan for solutions and needed improvements.

Federal tax credit - On October 3, 2008, President Bush signed into law the "Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008." This bill extended tax credits for energy efficient home improvements (windows, doors, roofs, insulation, HVAC, and non-solar water heaters). Tax credits for these residential products, which had expired at the end of 2007, will now be available for improvements made during 2009. However, improvements made during 2008 are not eligible for a tax credit. The bill also extended tax credits for solar energy systems and fuel cells to 2016. New tax credits were established for small wind energy systems and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Tax credits for builders of new energy efficient homes and tax deductions for owners and designers of energy efficient commercial buildings were also extended.

Heat Smart NY - First and most importantly, if you are having trouble paying your energy bills and need assistance, there are a variety of programs you can turn to for help. HeatSmartNY.org consolidates   information about energy bill assistance and programs.   In addition, HeatSmartNY is filled with low-cost and no-cost tips to guide you and get your home ready for winter.  With HeatSmartNY, you can also learn about programs available to help you plan for larger upgrades to make your home more energy efficient.

HEAP - HEAP is a federally funded program that issues heating benefits to supplement a household's annual energy cost. HEAP also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat related energy emergency. Additionally, HEAP offers a furnace repair and/or replacement benefit for households with inoperable heating equipment.

Energy audit - A home energy audit is the first step to assess how much energy your home consumes and to evaluate what measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient. An audit will show you problems that may, when corrected, save you significant amounts of money over time. During the audit, you can pinpoint where your house is losing energy. Audits also determine the efficiency of your home's heating and cooling systems. An audit may also show you ways to conserve hot water and electricity. You can perform a simple energy audit yourself, or have a professional energy auditor carry out a more thorough audit.
WholeHouse Approach to Energy Savings - The New Buffalo Impact trademarked name for the complete home investigative and solution approach to improving home energy consumption and reducing costs.  The approach includes the Comprehensive Energy Assessment and is exclusive from NBI.

Air sealing - Air leakage, or infiltration, occurs when outside air enters a house uncontrollably through cracks and openings. Properly air sealing such cracks and openings in your home can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs, improve building durability, and create a healthier indoor environment.

Energy Star - ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. Energy efficient choices can save families about a third on their energy bill with similar savings of greenhouse gas emissions, without sacrificing features, style or comfort. ENERGY STAR helps you make the energy efficient choice.
Comprehensive energy audits. Insulation and air sealing. Windows and doors. Furnace repair and replacement. Air Conditioning systems. Hot water heaters. Household appliances.
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