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EmPower New York Facts

EmPower New York provides no-cost energy efficiency solutions to income-eligible New Yorkers. Nearly 100,000 of your neighbors are saving energy and saving money with EmPower New York — without spending a dime. Whether you own your home or rent, a participating contractor will be assigned to you to assess if your home would benefit from free energy upgrades such as:

  • Air sealing to plug leaks and reduce drafts
  • Insulation to make your home more comfortable all year round
  • Replacement of inefficient refrigerators and freezers
  • New energy-efficient lighting
  • Plus, free health and safety checks of your smoke detectors, appliances and more


Your assessment and services are provided by a BPI GoldStar contractor recognized by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) so you know that they’re applying the latest knowledge and technology to energy efficiency in your home. The contractor can make the upgrades too.

  • Learn more about what to expect when you participate in EmPower New York below this section
  • Landlords can encourage income-eligible tenants to apply. Download information for landlords [PDF]

Get Started

First, use the table to the right to find out if you are income-eligible. Then, you can choose one of these three ways to apply:

After you submit your application to the EmPower NY program please kindly let us know HERE. This will help track and speed up the approval process.

EmPower New York Eligibility Guidelines

Homeowners and renters must meet income requirements to qualify for EmPower New York. You may be eligible if you can answer “yes” to these statements:

  • I live in a home or building with 100 units or fewer
  • My household income is below 60 percent of the state median income (same eligibility as regular HEAP benefits; see the chart below to see if your income fits EmPower New York Guidelines)
    I participate in a utility payment assistance program
  • I am an electricity or natural gas customer of Central Hudson, Con Edison, National Fuel, National Grid (Upstate, Metro and Long Island), NYSEG, Orange and Rockland, Rochester Gas & Electric and pay SBC
    heat with oil, propane, or kerosene
  • I am responsible for paying utility bills

EmPower New York Income Eligibility Guidelines 2016-2017*

Household Size Maximum Gross Monthly Income Maximum Gross Annual Income
1 $2,300 $27,597
2 $3,007 $36,088
3 $3,715 $44,580
4 $4,423 $53,071
5 $5,130 $61,562
6 $5,838 $70,054
7 $6,122 $73,460
8 $6,815 $81,780
9 $7,508 $90,100
10 $8,202 $98,420
11 $8,895 $106,740
Each Additional Add $693

*The current income guidelines for EmPower New York are set at 60% of the state median income.

What to Expect

Once you have received your letter of approval, we will be in touch within a week to schedule an energy assessment of your home and its energy-using systems.

BPTC LLC takes a “whole house” approach: we look at how your house is heated, how well it keeps the heat in, how electricity is used, and your daily in-home activity. The assessment generally lasts one to three hours and identifies areas where energy efficiency, comfort and safety upgrades can be made.

During the initial visit, the technician will evaluate your electricity use and cost, and may provide some minor improvements at no cost. Examples include:

  • Install high efficiency lighting as needed
  • Review and adjust your thermostat setting for maximum comfort and savings
  • Check and adjust your hot water temperature
  • Evaluate the need for high efficiency showerheads and aerators, and install if needed
  • Measure the energy use of your refrigerators and freezers. These may be replaced with new ENERGY STAR models, at no cost to you, if your old appliances use a lot of energy
  • Check for carbon monoxide and evaluate the need for CO and smoke detectors

Depending on your energy use, we may also evaluate the need for additional measures to reduce your heating cost.  Examples include:

  • Evaluate your heating system and conduct a combustion efficiency test
  • Inspect the heating distribution system: the ducts or pipes that bring you heat.
  • Assess the insulation levels in the home, which usually involves probing the walls for insulation, inspecting the attic or roof insulation, measuring the home, and ensuring that insulation is in all the right places
  • Measure the air leakage in the home, using a “blower door”. This device helps us determine if the house is drafty, find the leaks, and make sure that the home still has sufficient fresh air after the work is done.
  • Check for gas leaks if natural gas or propane are in use at the dwelling

On the basis of this energy assessment, your technician may recommend energy efficiency measures to NYSERDA. If the services are approved, we will return to install them at no cost to you.

Once all of the work has been completed, the technician will perform final tests to ensure that the energy efficiency measures are performing exactly as they should.

Before, during or after the work, you may be contacted by NYSERDA’s Quality Assurance and Quality Control inspectors. These teams work independently from participating contractors to ensure that the measures are installed correctly.