Energy Conservation Services

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
  • HEAP is a federally funded program that issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy cost. It may help you pay for Electricity, Propane, Natural Gas, Wood, Oil, Kerosene, Coal or other heating fuel.
  • HEAP also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat-related energy emergency.
  • Additionally, HEAP offers a heating equipment repair and/or replacement benefit for homeowners with inoperable heating equipment.
  • Regular HEAP benefits:
    * Benefits for households responsible to pay directly for their heating costs range from $150 to $400.
    * Benefits for persons whose heat is included in rent will receive benefits ranging from $40-$50.
    * Payments vary depending on household income and type of heating.
    * You may be eligible for regular HEAP even if you have resources.
Questions regarding the HEAP program should be directed to your Local Department of Social Services Office at (607)535-8303 or the NYS HEAP Hotline at 1(800)342-3009.

Seniors or disabled adults may contact Schuyler County Office for the Aging/NY Connects for application assistance at (607)535-7108.

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

The Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provides eligible households with full-scale home energy efficiency services. 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.

Eligible Applicants

  • Households that are eligible for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP or Fuel Assistance) are eligible for weatherization services.
  • In addition, households with a member receiving TAFDC or SSI are categorically eligible.
  • Eligibility is based on a maximum gross annual income. Priority of service is given to those households with elderly, disabled, children (6 and under), LIHEAP high-energy costs, and Native Americans. Homeowners and tenants, with their landlord's permission, are eligible.
Typical weatherization activities include:
  • Air sealing to reduce infiltration • Attic Insulation
  • Sidewall Insulation • Floor Insulation
  • Pipe and/or Duct insulation • Limited Energy Related Repairs
Homes also receive a thorough evaluation of the heating system as well as health and safety testing of all combustion appliances. Local licensed and insured private-sector weatherization contractors complete the work at no cost to the residents. The local agency inspects all completed work to be certain that the authorized work was completed in a satisfactory manner.

EmPower New YorkSM

Program Description

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.

No-cost energy services for income-qualified households. This program is funded through the NYS Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), under an agreement with NYS Department of Public Services.

Services may include
  • Replacement of old, inefficient appliances;
  • Installation of high-efficiency lighting;
  • Tips on how to save energy;
  • In limited situations, insulation and other home efficiency measures.
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.

Assisted Home Performance Program with ENERGY STAR

Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR provides income-eligible New Yorkers with the Assisted Subsidy, which represents up to 50% of the total cost of an approved energy efficiency project, up to $5,000 for a single family home and up to $10,000 for a 2- to 4- family home. Low-interest financing is also available to cover the balance of the energy efficiency project. The Assisted Subsidy is available for existing 1- to 4- family homes with a total household income at or below 80% of the State or Area Median Income (whichever is greater).

Assisted Home Performance Application [PDF]
2011 AHP Income Guidelines [PDF]

Free Energy Assessments Offered By NY State Program
Grants and financing available that can help you lower utility bills.

The Southern Tier faced harsh weather last winter. To prevent high heating bills this year, a program from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) can help people make their homes more energy efficient while saving money on their utility bills.

This program offers free energy assessments for homes by accredited contractors. After the assessment, the program helps homeowners through the process of financing their home improvements with grants (This is free money - Up to $5,000 for a single-family dwelling and up to $10,000 for a 2-4 family building that eligible homeowners do not have to pay back), or low-interest loans. Small businesses and not-for-profits can qualify for incentives worth up to $60,000 and financing at about half the market rate for up to $100,000. This opportunity is just one way that New York is making it easier for businesses and organizations to go green and become energy efficient.

This program is available to eligible residents in all eight counties of the Southern Tier: Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Otsego, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins. For more information or to sign up for a free energy assessment, call the program director, Euphemia Martin, at (607) - 723-0110 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also email Martin at Please visit our Facebook page and “like” us at