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Energy Efficiency and Conservation


Energy efficiency is one of the most cost-effective and immediate ways to reduce rising energy and environmental costs. Benefits of energy efficiency measures include:

    • reducing the need to build new generation,
    • reducing uncertainty about fuel supply,
    • mitigating the environmental impacts of burning and transporting fossil fuel for energy including a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants, and
    • reducing bill impacts for participating customers.

This site provides residential consumers with information on saving energy and money through simple, low-cost or no-cost energy efficiency measures around the home. There is also information on financial assistance programs for energy improvement investments available through the state and your utility.


Residential Energy Efficiency Tips:

Energy Efficiency Programs and Financial Assistance:

Efficiency Programs - New York State and the energy utilities offer a wide variety of programs throughout the state that help customers improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

Tax Credits - available from the federal government for energy efficiency improvements. Includes information on the energy portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Home Energy Assistance Program – financial assistance to income-eligible customers

Energy State – find rebates and special offers on Energy Star products


Energy Audits
Your electricity bill depends on how much electricity you use and what rate you are paying. One of the things that you can do to control your bill is to find out where you are losing energy and money. You can conduct an energy audit of your home or apartment that will help show where problems exist and how they can be corrected.

You can conduct a do-it-yourself audit using these guidelines developed by the US Department of Energy or use the on-line Home Energy Saver calculator to identify ways to save energy in your home. For a professional audit – contact your utility or find home energy partners (including contractors, builders, and raters) at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s web site.


Non-Residential Information:

Energy efficiency is one of the most cost-effective and immediate ways to reduce rising energy and environmental costs.

This information provided below will provide business, commercial and industrial consumers with information on saving energy and money through energy efficiency measures. There is also information on financial assistance programs for energy improvement investments available through the state and your utility.



Non-Residential Energy Efficiency Tips:

Use the links below to help you and your business:

    • identify energy efficiency improvement opportunities in the workplace
    • take simple energy efficiency measures using the office checklist
    • learn how to become energy efficient



Non-Residential Energy Efficiency Programs and Financial Assistance:
    • Efficiency programs - New York State and the energy utilities offer a wide variety of programs throughout the state that help improve the energy efficiency of businesses and government facilities.
    • Tax credits – available from the federal government for energy efficiency improvements. Includes information on the energy portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
    • Assistance programs – check out the www.business.gov site for information on financing energy efficiency projects.
    • Energy Star – find rebates and special offers on Energy Star products


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