"My experience with an energy audit performed by Adirondack Efficiency was exceptional. Jennifer Monroe is a pleasure to work with -- knowledgeable, friendly, and responsive. The contractors that Adirondack Efficiency works with, Nispen Building Performance Inc and Innovation Now LLC, were also easy to communicate with and did great work.
As a new resident of the Adirondacks, I moved into a cabin that hadn’t been inhabited through the winter in 30 years. A co-worker referred me to Adirondack Efficiency after informing me of NYSERDA energy incentive grants and low-interest loan programs. That referral was incredibly fortunate. It was already October when I reached out and I wasn’t expecting any miracles with winter weather quickly approaching. Jennifer worked with my situation, assisted me through the application process, and scheduled work orders as soon as was possible. Thanks to Adirondack Efficiency, I was able to get cozy in my home instead of hastily moving out."
~Joseph T, Saranac Lake
"We would like to compliment the workers from Innovation Now who came and did the energy improvements on our mobile home. Justin and his helper were courteous, efficient and personable keeping us abreast of each part of the work as they did it. We would recommend your group to anyone who might benefit from the energy audit and the work that results from it."
~Jeseph & Shirley Pickreign, Saranc Lake
"Jen, just wanted to send you a big thank you for the two contractors that came to my home. Mr. VanNispen and his workers and Innovation Now and their workers each did what I feel like was exceptional work and excellence in workmanship! I am confident this home is going to be much more energy efficient and cozy from this moment forward. Thank you so much! I am abundantly grateful.
-Lynn Page, Ellenburg Center
"I live in a beautiful house up on a hillside, with a spectacular view of Whiteface and the Stephens Range. Built in 1979 by my parents, it is a post and beam construction; my Dad was an electrical engineer, so fitted the entire house with electrical baseboard heating, believing that the cost of electricity would steadily drop over the years. At the time of building, he was very proud of the construction of 6 inch walls, and 8 inches of insulation (fiberglass) in the roof; The front wall is largely of glass (triple thermal pane), and it faces South, so there is a small bit of solar gain. Lots of things have changed in the past 35 years, but the price of electricity has NOT decreased as my Dad had “predicted”. And there has been much technical advancement in building materials that were not available in 1979.
Due to life changes I am now living in the house year round, even though it was originally designed as just a 3-season weekend get-away retreat. During a conversation with my friend Jamie Rogers of ANCA, I was bemoaning what a burden it would be to heat the place all winter, when he informed me of ANCA, NYSERDA, and Energy Audits. The first step was to fill out a simple application that Jamie gave me. What a blessing this program is!
Jamie came to visit me and see the home for himself. The first thing he said was “That whole wall is glass! Something needs to be done about that!” Triple thermal pane or not, that was the biggest heat loss in sight. I researched Window Quilts, had them installed by Trade Craft Builders of Saranac Lake, and realized my first big change in comfort and savings.
After my application for the energy audit was approved, Jamie set me up with Jennifer Monroe, of Adirondack Efficiency. A travelling angel of the Adirondacks, Jen is a laid back, very intelligent and organized woman who arranged the entire audit structure, including obtaining the previous year’s energy usage report from NYSEG, dealing with all the paperwork from NYSEDA, and arranging all the minute details of the audit. In a very timely manner the results of the audit showed exactly what changes needed to be made and where to create a more efficient and comfortable living environment in my home.
In addition, she is teamed with one of the contractors approved by NYSERDA to do the work, and a representative from that company, Nispen Building Performance, was with her during the audit, so the work could be planned without another inspection. Then Jen had me fill out some more applications and informed me that my income level qualifies me for an EmPower grant from NYSERDA to have much of the work done at a very small cost to me!
Everyone involved in this process was professional, and friendly. It is obvious that they truly want to make a difference in individual lives as well as preserving our environment. This whole process has been enjoyable and productive, and I highly recommend that all homeowners in the Adirondacks consider using this program to create a more comfortable home environment and lower energy use."
- Christina Anderson, Wilmington/Whiteface, NY
"We are very happy with the process and work completed here. Our home is heated by hot water heat (fuel oil). Before we contacted you and had our home insulated, our usage reflected a monthly payment of $544.00/mo. This payment was a budgeted amount extrapolated out for 11 months. Some years we spent more, or less depending on usage and at the end of 11 months we either received a refund, or had a 12th payment reflecting our shortage. Last year (our first full winter after insulation), we were SOOOOOO overpaid that by mid winter we were asked to stop paying and in the spring actually had a refund. The budget was recalculated in the spring of 2015 to reflect a monthly payment of $307.00/mo. This is a savings of $237.00/mo versus 2014, but in reality we are not certain that this is enough of a drop in payment because our first year savings was so dramatic that the budget may not be appropriate and there may be another decrease after this winter.
Our NYSERDA payment is $175.00/mo. Our Savings so far in fuel is $237.00/mo. Our net gain is the difference of the two, which is $62.00 that we get to put in our pocket."
-The Bradleys, Chestertown
"Jennifer Monroe, the project manager, made sure this project went seamlessly. Her evaluation of my house, explanations and follow through made the process easy. Nispen [Building Performance] contractors came in and had the entire job done in a day and a half! Having the insulation done in May has created a much cooler summer situation for me. Thank you!"
- Anne Gregson, Schroon Lake
"Jennifer, I am so glad a friend showed me the article about you in Adirondack Life magazine. Your inspection showed what my wallet has known for years, my house (built in 1820) was not insulated and very, very inefficient. After Arnoud vanNispen and crew blew in insulation and spray foamed my basement I immediately noticed a difference…my furnace was not running all of the time! Since January, I have accured a $2400 credit with my fuel company because I was on a budget plan based on previous usage. Thank you so very much."
- Maria Bagneschi, Ticonderoga
"The staff at Adirondack Efficiency were extremely helpful identifying the air leaks in my home. They were very thorough and knowledgeable and professional. They took care of all the paperwork and contacts to schedule a crew from Nispen Building Performance and that crew was efficient and friendly. My family noticed an immediate difference in our home's overall warmth and coziness. This was a great service!"
- Michelle SanAntonio, North River
"We could not be more pleased with our dealings with you in having our energy audit done. You made what would be an overwhelming process for us, go quickly and smoothly. Everyone with Nispen
Building Performance were courteous and professional. Their attention to detail was exemplary. Thanks to you we are feeling the benefits of a warmer more comfortable living space. This
was quite a feat having a 100 year old plus drafty home. The drafts are gone and the snow is not melting from the roof! It was a pleasure dealing with you. Thank you."
- Peggy and Bob Dechene, Long Lake
"Hello Jennifer: Wanted to take the time to write and let you know how extremely impressed I am with the entire project completed here at my home. My entire house has been insulated; walls, attic and basement. The [Nispen Building Performance] crew that did the work were very meticulous in all they did and were also very kind and polite. I also had my furnace correctly installed, along with all new duct work throughout the basement. Everything they did, they went above and beyond on, even repairing things that were not expected of them. I am now toasty and warm and very grateful for this program that will definitely make a difference in my being able to live here comfortably throughout the winter. Thank you so very much to everyone involved!"
- Linda Kilbourn, Long Lake
"Adirondack Efficiency’s Jen Monroe made getting our house energy efficient SO easy! She handled all the paperwork, made it super convenient to get an audit done, and recruited an auditor/retrofitter (Innovation Now, LLC) that is a dream to work with! My house has been so warm and comfortable this brutal, long winter; I didn’t even mind staying indoors. And the bills for my fuel oil went WAY down."
– Kara Page, Wilmington.
"I want to tell you how much that I appreciate the work that Adirondack Efficiency and Innovation Now completed in my home. Between the insulation and draft elimination around windows, the temperature and comfort level in the home remains constant with many less trips to the woodpile. Thank you."
- John Sheehan, Minerva.