Sustainable Homes Rochester

Sustainable Homes Rochester (SHR) is a community campaign designed to encourage residents to install clean heating and cooling (CH&C) technologies and improve home energy efficiency. The City of Rochester received a $150,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to launch the SHR campaign in partnership with PathStone Corporation Home Rehabilitation and Energy Services (PathStone) and the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition (RPCC).

Why install Clean Heating and Cooling Technologies?  

CH&C technologies include air source heat pumps, heat pump water heaters and ground source heat pumps. CH&C installations offer many benefits: 

    Sustainable Homes Rochester - Clean. Comfortable. Affordable
  • Clean - safe for your home and better for the environment
  • Comfortable – provides both heating and cooling so you can set your home at your ideal temperature throughout the year
  • Affordable – lowers your energy bills as technologies are more efficient, and last longer with low maintenance

How do Clean Heating and Cooling Technologies Work? 

General information about Sustainable Homes Rochester (PDF)

General information about heat pumps (PDF)

Sustainable Homes Rochester Campaign Goals 

  • Increase public awareness of energy efficiency and CH&C technologies through community-based marketing, outreach, and education activities.
  • Enroll home owners in the campaign for access to information/meet a contractor events, free energy audits, and guidance to improve home energy efficiency and select the right CH&C technologies to meet the needs of the homeowner. 
  • Build long-term interest and demand for energy efficient and clean heating and cooling technologies after the conclusion of the campaign.  

Enroll in the Sustainable Homes Rochester Campaign

Submit an inquiry here>>> or call PathStone at (585) 546-3700, ext. 3003 to enroll in the SHR campaign. Scott Oliver, our partner at PathStone, will respond to your inquiry. Enrolling in the SHR campaign is free, has no obligation, and allows you to: 

  • Learn about home energy efficiency opportunities and CH&C technologies that meet the needs of your home and lifestyle.
  • Find out about NYSERDA’s additional energy efficiency incentives that can save you more money on home improvements.
  • Sign up for a free, no obligation home energy assessment to learn how you can save money and improve your home’s energy efficiency. 
  • After your assessment, you may decide to have a discussion with your contractor about what type of home energy efficiency and CH&C technology installation is right for your home. There is no obligation to install anything.

Note: The SHR campaign is currently focused on one to four unit homes. If you live in an apartment building with more than four units, please email Scott Oliver so he can direct you to the appropriate program and resources. 

Sustainable Homes Rochester Information Events

Attend one of the information events below to enroll in person, meet a contractor from the SHR team and learn more about the campaign:

  • Jan. 14, 2019, 6-7 p.m., SHR Kick-Off, City Hall Atrium, 30 Church Street. 
  • Jan. 23, 2019, 6:30-8 p.m., Central Library Gleason Auditorium (co-hosted with The Sierra Club), 115 South Avenue.
  • Feb. 3, 2019, 1:30-3 p.m., Asbury Methodist (co-hosted with The Pachamama Alliance), 1050 East Avenue.
  • Feb. 11, 2019, 6:30-8 p.m., Metro Justice Community Space at the Hungerford Building, Door#7, Second floor, 1115 E Main Street.
  • Feb. 28, 2019, 7-9 p.m., First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South.
  • Mar. 10, 2019, 11 a.m.-noon, Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, 597 East Avenue. 
  • Mar. 17, 2019, 9:50-10:50 a.m., Downtown United Presbyterian Church building, 121 N Fitzhugh Street.
  • Apr. 2, 2019 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Sustainable Homes Rochester Webinar. Click here to join the webinar. Use event number: 663 627 197,  password: heatpump, audio: 415-655-0001, access code: 663 627 197
  • Apr. 7, 2019, 9:15-10:15 a.m., First Universalist Church,  150 Clinton Ave S.
  • *Apr. 14, 2019, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 188 Jerold Street. Take a tour of our City’s first model Sustainable Home. This home does not use natural gas and is a near net zero home that runs almost entirely on renewable energy produced from its solar panels. It uses energy efficient heat pumps for heating and cooling, and has many other energy efficiency features. 
  • Apr. 24, 2019, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Spiritus Christi Church,  121 N Fitzhugh Street.
  • Apr. 29, 2019, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Thomas P. Ryan Jr. Community Center, 530 Webster Avenue. This event is co-hosted by Mothers Out Front, the Beechwood Neighborhood Coalition and the City Roots Community Land Trust.
  • *June 20, 2019, 4-6 p.m.; 188 Jerold Street. Take a tour of our City’s first model Sustainable Home. This home does not use natural gas and is a near net zero home that runs almost entirely on renewable energy produced from its solar panels. It uses energy efficient heat pumps for heating and cooling, and has many other energy efficiency features. 
Can't make it to an information event? Watch the SHR informational video here.

Interested in volunteering for the SHR campaign? 

To volunteer, please sign up here>>>. Our partner at RPCC will respond to your inquiry.