The walls around Pat Dundon's desk are slowly filling up with white printouts. Some have the letterhead of the state's energy research organization NYSERDA, and others are lists he's created.
His involvement in a program called Green Jobs Green New York has produced all this paperwork. Through the program, NYSERDA offers low-interest loans for energy efficiency upgrades.
In January 2012*, an on-bill financing option was added for homeowners making energy improvements. At the end of July, a total of $16.7 million had been approved in loans; $1.3 million of that total was for on-bill financing loans.
That's when Dundon, a Binghamton-area contractor, began filling his wall with cheat sheets.
Contractors have to show that a proposed job will pay itself off in future energy savings before NYSERDA will approve the loan.