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EmPower New York provides no-cost energy efficiency solutions for income-eligible New Yorkers

Lower energy bills. More money in your pocket to spend on what matters most to you. A healthier, more comfortable home. Through the EmPower New York program, you can have all of these things—without having to spend a dime.

If you’re eligible, we’ll schedule one of our participating contractors[PDF] accredited by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) to determine if your home would benefit from improved insulation, reduced drafts, and upgrades to lighting and replacement of inefficient refrigerators and freezers, all at no cost to you. Plus, we’ll give you tips and strategies on how to better manage your energy usage on a daily basis.


Free energy efficiency improvements are available for homeowners and renters. You’re eligible for EmPower New York if you can answer “yes” to these statements:

  • I live in a building with 100 units or fewer.
  • I am eligible for regular HEAP benefits OR I participate in a utility payment assistance program OR my household income is below 60% of the State Median Income.

Verify your eligibility by reviewing the eligibility guidelines.  If you are not eligible, we may still be able to help you through other NYSERDA energy efficiency assistance programs.

EmPower is free—plain and simple

There are no strings, no hidden fees, and no pressure. Participating accredited contractors make all the improvements and upgrades and all you need to do is enjoy a healthier, more comfortable home—and smaller energy bills.

Last Updated: 04/10/2014

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