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Norm Jen - Westchester Energy Coach

Norm Jen has been teaching Building Performance Institute (BPI) certification classes and administering certification exams for the past five years. He holds several BPI certifications and is a HERS rater. When not teaching, Norm is a principal at the Jenesis Group, a local builder and general contractor with over 20 years of building experience. Norm has overseen the construction of over 150 homes in Westchester, Putnam and Manhattan.





Michael D'Arcy - Hudson Valley Energy Coach

  Michael D’Arcy, Outreach Coordinator for the NYSERDA Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program, United States Marine, Volunteer     Firefighter, Community Organizer and Regional Energy Coach is a key member of the ENY Team.  Michael is relentless in his drive to educate and   motivate homeowners to become more energy efficient.  You’ve probably seen him, because he’s everywhere. Speaking at meetings, manning tables at   events, calling, e-mailing, Facebooking….. Michael knows the NYSERDA programs inside out and upside down. On top of that, he knows buildings and   the contractors who work in them. He has achieved Building Performance Institute Certifications, the nation’s premier institutional standard for   development, quality assurance and credentialing of residential energy efficiency retrofit work. Focusing on the house as a system approach, BPI   emphasizes the interdependence of building systems as they relate to energy consumption.





Dick Kornbluth - Advising Energy Coach

Dick has been in the home energy efficiency business since 1977 and founded the home performance company EnTherm in 1980. In 2001 EnTherm was the first company recruited into NYSERDA’s Home Performance with Energy Star™ program. EnTherm won NYSERDA’s Outstanding Performance in Home Performance award every year it was given between 2002 and 2006. Dick serves on the boards of the Building Performance Institute and Affordable Comfort, Inc. He is president of the board of the Building Performance Contractors Association of New York State.




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Knowledge is power. When you understand how your house works you can make smart choices to help reduce home energy use, save money and create a safer, more comfortable home.

Norm is ready to help you make good decisions about improving your home. Together, you can select the energy efficiency upgrades that match your home and budget.

The energy coach is a complimentary service available exclusively for homeowners in most areas of Northern Westchester and Dutchess County towns of Beacon, Hyde Park, and Red Hook.

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Energy Coach Videos

Meet Norm Jen.

How long does the work take?

Visual signs that your home is losing energy.

Is it obvious that a home is losing energy?

Comprehensive Home Assessment. (Part 1 of 2)

Comprehensive Home Assessment. (Part 2 of 2)

Where are the best places to
air seal my house?

Can I Insulate my
Exterior Walls?

How an assessment keeps your family safe.

Why are rooms in my
house cold?

How Can I Prevent Mold in My House?

Picking an Energy Efficiency Professional

What is 'Home Performance with Energy Star'?

What is

Is a Larger Central AC Unit Better Than a Smaller One?

Does Insulation Work in the Summer Months?