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Assistance and Incentives for Single and Multiple Family Homes

Take advantage of the available assistance and incentives from Federal and State Agencies and local Utilities to upgrade your home.

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Statewide Programs

Low-Income Households
Home Energy Assistance Program
Home Weatherization Assistance Program
NYSERDA Programs

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Green Jobs Green New York
Green Jobs Green New York

Most Erie County households are eligible for a free or reduced cost residential energy audit, through the GREEN JOBS GREEN NEW YORK program.

A free energy audit is available for Erie County residents with annual household income less than 200 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).

The GJGNY program is administered by NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority). Please visit NYSERDA's program website for more information on the program's free/reduced cost energy audit and financing progrm.

Learn more about GJGNY

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

The HPwES program offers free or reduced cost home energy assessment conducted by a accredited Home Performance Contractor. The contractor works with the homeowner to select energy projects to improve the home. HPwES also offers financing options to pay for the projects.

Learn more about HPwES

Renewable Energy for Homes

NYSERDA has Incentives for Grid Connected Solar and Wind Electricity Generation Systems:

Solar Photovoltaic Incentives

Wind Generation Incentives

NYSERDA also has Incentive for Solar Thermal Hot Water Systems

Solar Thermal Water Heating Incentives

NYSERDA also has Incentive for Solar Thermal Hot Water Systems

Solar Thermal Water Heating Incentives

Financing Energy Improvements
Household energy efficiency improvements may be eligible for finance through Green Jobs - Green New York Financing or through Energy $mart Loans. Only work performed by a participating through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program qualifies. Learn more about Statewide Financing Options

Utility Programs

Multi-Family (5-50 units)
Get $30 for Recycling Working Fridge or Freezer
Rebates for High-Efficiency Natural Gas Equipment and Duct Sealing

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Learn More about National Grid Energy efficiency services Á Rebates

Energy Suppliers

Energy Services Company
You have a choice to stay with the traditional utility or switch to an Energy Services Company (ESCO) offering more competitive prices.
Your Energy...Your Choice
Find an ESCO from the PSC Directory

Green Energy Suppliers
You can choose to purchase your energy through a service company that sells electricity generated with renewable fuels (such as wind, small hydro, biomass, solar, etc.) Here is a list of energy suppliers offering "green" energy products:

Green Energy Suppliers

Utility customers may select to purchase clean renewable generated electricity and pay for it on their monthly utility bill.

NYSEG NewWind Energy® options

NationalGrid GreenUp Options

Find a Contractor

Choose a Contractor that are trained and certified to take a "whole-house" approach when identifying comfort, safety and energy efficiency improvements for your home.

Additionally, look for Contractors that has been prequalified by the incentives programs to perform the eligible work.

Start with the lists below when looking for qualified Contractors servicing Rensselaer County:
Energy Performance Contractors
Solar PV Installers
Wind Turbine Installers
Solar Thermal Water Heater Installers

Request a Contractor
By completing a simple request form we can have the right Contractors contact you:
Contractor Request Form


VP Supply Renewable Energy Division
Visit Our Special Web Page Here!

Federal Incentives

Tax Incentives
Green Jobs Green New York
Federal Energy Efficiency Tax Credits
New York State Tax Incentives

Energy Star
To encourage customers to buy energy efficient products, ENERGY STAR partners occasionally sponsor special offers, such as sales tax exemptions or credits, or rebates on qualified products. Partners also occasionally sponsor recycling incentives for the proper disposal of old products.
Find Specials by Zip code

Energy Efficient Mortgages
An “Green Mortgage" or Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) is a mortgage that credits a home's energy efficiency in the mortgage itself. EEMs give borrowers the opportunity to finance cost-effective, energy-saving measures as part of a single mortgage and stretch debt-to-income qualifying ratios on loans thereby allowing borrowers to qualify for a larger loan amount and a better, more energy-efficient home.

To get an EEM a borrower typically has to have a home energy rater conduct a home energy rating before financing is approved. This rating verifies for the lender that the home is energy-efficient.
Home Energy Raters
Learn More about EEM

Energy Savings Toolbox

Want to know much you are paying for the energy used by your appliances? Use the Appliance Energy Calculator to find out:
Home Appliance Energy Calculator

Compare your home's energy usage to similar homes across the country. Collect your last 12 months of utility bills and spend 5 minutes for a do-it-your-self audit:
DIY Home Energy Audit

Take a room-by-room tour of ENERGY STAR @ home and learn what you can do save energy, save money and help protect our environment in your own home:
Take a Room-by-Room Tour

Knowledge Library

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