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Testimonials

Elsa Sanchez and PowerUp Contractor

Elsa Sanchez and PowerUp Contractor.

Elsa Sanchez
OAKLAND AVE, DEER PARK

About my house

I knew air was leaking in. Some rooms were constantly drafty. Even with the new windows I had installed, I could feel the air coming in around the window frames.

How I got started on energy efficiency

A friend of mine had worked with PowerUp, and he referred me to the program. In our first conversation, PowerUp explained that many of my home’s energy issues could be fixed through efficiency improvements.

How the program worked

PowerUp guided me through the entire process. An organizer scheduled my free comprehensive home energy assessment and pre-qualified me for rebates and financing. After the assessment, work began in less than three months.

Improvements I had done

I had insulation blown into my attic, basement and into some walls. I had National Grid extend the gas line from the street to my home so I could convert from oil to gas.

How the money works

I’m saving about $3,600 a year on my fuel costs. The upgrades were financed with a 5-year On-Bill Recovery Financing loan. I’m paying back the remaining balance on my monthly electric bill with the money I’m saving.

The best part

I had tried to get energy efficiency work done before, but I didn’t know about rebates or understand the process. PowerUp obtained a 50 percent rebate from New York State and additional money from my electric and gas utilities to help offset the costs. Each step was explained, so I never felt lost in the process. I always felt I was their priority. And the workers themselves were professional, polite and always cleaned up before they left. It was a great experience from start to finish.

My two cents

Had it not been for PowerUp, my home energy efficiency work wouldn’t have happened. Now that the work is complete, my home is less drafty and my energy bills will be more affordable.

Paul Merkelson at his home in Port Washington

Paul Merkelson at his home in
Port Washington
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Paul Merkelson
PARK AVE, PORT WASHINGtoN

About my house

My home was built 1925 and was quite drafty in cold weather. It was often uncomfortable to sit in some areas of the house. I knew my oil bills were much higher in the winter because the house was losing heat.

How I got started on energy efficiency

I was introduced to the PowerUp program through my volunteer work with the Long Island Progressive Coalition. I learned how Power Up could help me save money on my energy bills, improve the comfort of my home, contribute to reducing energy consumption, and create jobs on Long Island.

How the program worked

The first step was the free home energy assessment. PowerUp scheduled it and got all the rebate and financing pre-approvals for me in advance. The assessment gave me a report on my home’s efficiency and the amount of money I was wasting. The contractor was very easy to work with. PowerUp was very responsive and helpful in explaining the process. The workers were very clean and careful. All the work was completed in three days!

How the money works

I am saving about $2000 a year on my fuel costs, mostly due to the conversion to gas and basement insulation. Approximately 20% of the cost of the work was paid for through rebates. I am paying for the remainder of the work on my utility bill through the On Bill Recovery financing, so my annual loan costs won’t be more than the amount I am saving. Once the loan is paid, I pocket all the savings!

The best part

The difference in comfort during the cold weather is amazing. The house is so much cozier. No cold spots! I have not even been through a full heating season and I can already see the dramatic difference in my fuel bills.

My two cents

“PowerUp is a great program and all Long Islanders should get involved. It is just going to better suit you in the long run. I’m trying to get everyone I meet to jump on board!”

Eileen Molloy at her home in Babylon.

Eileen Molloy at her home in Babylon.

EILEEN MOLLOY
strong ave, babylon

About my house

My home was built in the mid 1920’s and has always been drafty, particularly in the bedrooms and half bath. I use oil for fuel and was always interested in a conversion to gas.

How I got started on energy efficiency

A Power Up Organizer called me one day and told me how I can get involved.

How the program worked

Power Up was there every step of the way. The initial assessment was 100% free and once I started the actual improvements, my contractor and the crew were excellent workers. They explained exactly what was going to be done and they cleaned up when they left. From beginning to end I felt involved and comfortable.

Things I had done

My contractor found asbestos on my pipes at the initial home assessment. I first had to have that removed. Then I had insulation installed and got a new hot water heater. When they went to insulate inside my wall, they found there was insulation already there. They informed me right away and deducted the cost from my contract. I was really impressed with the workmanship and honesty.

How the money works

I am projected to save about $1,900 a year. My monthly bill to pay for the improvements is $77 and I just received a rebate for $1,200 that will lower it even more!

The best part

The biggest difference is the half bath and bedrooms. All the bedrooms have ceiling fans and there was literally no insulation above them, which caused a horrible draft. After I had everything insulated, I had to crack a window all winter because my room was retaining all that heat! It’ll be much cooler in the summer with my AC as well.

My two cents

The entire Power Up process was very easy. I kept putting off home improvements and this program provided to be a great opportunity to jump on board.

Vincent Brown (center) with his home
improvement crew

Vincent Brown (center) with his home
improvement crew

Vincent Brown
Robbins Street, Lindenhurst

About my house

My home was built in the mid 1950s and it was seriously drafty. I always had a breeze coming in from the windows and doors. With every oil delivery I knew I was wasting too much money.

How I got started on energy efficiency

A Power Up Organizer presented at my church, Bethel A.M.E Copiague, about how Power Up could help me save on my energy bills and give back to my church.

How the program worked

Power Up was there every step of the way. Once I started the actual improvements, my contractor and the crew were excellent workers. They explained what was going to be done and cleaned up when they left. From beginning to end I felt involved and comfortable.

Things I had done

I had major insulation blown into my attic and basement. I also had weatherstripping and caulking added throughout the entire house. Basically, every leak and hole was sealed.

How the money works

I am saving over 840 dollars a year on fuel. LI Green Homes covered the bill for the improvements and I pay them back with the money I save. Once that's done, I pocket all the savings!

The best part

The best part was when the job finished and winter came. Even in this mild winter, I felt a complete difference. I only needed two oil deliveries! Drafty areas were gone; the entire house just stays warmer. When the process was done, my contractor donated to my church. It’s great that I got to help them give back to my community.

My two cents

Power Up is a great program and all Long Islanders should get involved. It is just going to better suit you in the long run. I’m trying to get everyone I meet to jump on board!

Sharon Carter with her family and PowerUp crew.

Sharon Carter with her family and
PowerUp crew.

Sharon Carter

After converting to gas, insulating her basement and air sealing her home, Sharon Carter is saving over $2000 a year on her energy costs. Her home is more comfortable and affordable after participating in the PowerUp Communities program.

 

 

 

The Caponi home.

The Caponi home.

Caponi Home

I would definitely recommend PowerUp Communities to every homeowner. I was not bogged down with contacting too many people since Power Up was front and center for all my questions and concerns. Rebates were automatically filled out for me and the scope of the work was outlined so clearly and precisely that I had no questions by the time the contractor was done.

Previously cold rooms are now warm, there is no cold air wafting up from the basement, and my house was even made safer after they fixed a gas leak and removed asbestos I did not know I had. I am still surprised at how easily, quickly, and cheaply it was to PowerUp my home!

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