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Here's where you can turn for help to make ends meet in the face of higher energy prices.

NYSERDA Programs


Income-qualified families are particularly susceptible to high and fluctuating energy costs, based on the earnings to expenditure ratio. To reduce the energy burden on these households, NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) offers the following programs that provide cost-effective home improvements:

Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®

New York State households with a total income equal to or lower than 80% of the Uniformity with State or Area Median Income, whichever is greater, may receive additional financial incentives to improve the energy efficiency of their home through Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR. Income-eligible households can receive a subsidy (Assisted Subsidy) representing up to 50% of an approved energy efficiency project. Visit Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR for more information.

Assisted New York ENERGY STAR Homes

Receive a $500 cash incentive if your household income is less than or equal to these guidelines. For more information or help with income-eligibility verification, please call 1-877-NY-SMART.

EmPower New York℠

The EmPower program has provided more than 61,000 income-eligible New Yorkers with insulation, draft reduction, high-efficiency lighting, or appliance upgrades - for free.

Residents have also learned to reduce their energy bills further by changing the ways they use energy in their homes, keeping more money in their pockets to spend on what's important to them. Visit the EmPower Program Overview to learn more.

Low-Income Forum on Energy

The Low-Income Forum on Energy (LIFE) brings together organizations and individuals committed to addressing the challenges and opportunities facing low-income New Yorkers as they seek safe, affordable and reliable energy.

Additional Programs

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

Administered by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), HEAP provides financial assistance to eligible households to help pay for their home heating costs. To be eligible, a household must meet income guidelines; 60% of the State Median Income or below and either pay directly for heating costs or pay rent that includes heating costs. Individual applicants must be U.S. citizens or qualified aliens. To learn more and see if you are eligible, visit the Home Energy Assistance Program site.

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

Administered by the New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), WAP assists income-eligible families and individuals by reducing their heating/cooling costs and improving the safety of their homes through energy efficiency measures. Both single family and multifamily buildings are eligible. Program services are available to both homeowners and renters, with priority given to senior citizens, families with children and persons with disabilities.

You Can Always Speak with Your Local Oilheat Dealer

Local Oilheat dealers are happy to work with their customers in customizing payment schedules. All personal financial information will be kept confidential. For a list of UNYEA member dealers, click here.