Contractors Across New York State Named EmPower New York "Outstanding Contractors" November 21, 2011 

NYSERDA Recognizes Achievements in Helping Low-Income Households Reduce Electricity Bills, Increase Heating System Energy Efficiency

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has recognized 10 outstanding contractors across the state whose efforts have helped low-income households reduce their use of electricity, improve the efficiency of their heating systems and increase the comfort of their homes. These contractors are all participants in the New York’s EmPower New York program.

New Buffalo Impact of Tonawanda, was named to the top spot -- “Contractor of the Year” -- for increasing production capability to assist more families while maintaining a high level of quality, responding quickly to emergency situations and providing the program with highly professional and well-executed energy efficiency work.
Other contractors receiving “Outstanding Contractor” awards are:

  • Wise Home Energy, Rochester
  • Building Performance Consulting of NY, Schenectady
  • Home Energy Consultants, Pleasant Valley
  • Global Dwelling, High Falls
  • Energy Doctors, Baldwinsville
  • Green Home Logic, Hempstead
  • Tioga Opportunities, Owego
  • Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, Utica
  • Energy Saving Solutions, Cheektowaga

“Congratulations to Brian Paterson and New Buffalo Impact for being named the best of the best this year and to the other EmPower award winners for their excellent work in helping low-income residents make their homes more energy efficient, comfortable and safe,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA.
More than 100 contractors participate in EmPower New York. To determine award winners, EmPower staff rated them by quality assurance scores, average completion time and percentage, work volume, and overall commitment to the program. They were recognized at regional contractor meetings over the past few weeks.

In addition, Warren-Hamilton Action Committee for Economic Opportunity was recognized for its five years of serving low-income households through EmPower New York.

EmPower New York services are free to income-eligible households, and anyone eligible for HEAP (earning 60 percent of the state median household income) is eligible for EmPower. Services include high-efficiency lighting and replacement of inefficient refrigerators and freezers with new ENERGY STAR qualified models; heating efficiency services, such as insulation and air sealing; and health and safety testing to ensure the home is properly ventilated and gases are not escaping into the living space.


NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.