The HeatSmart Corner


HeatSmart Tompkins continues to help residents learn more about making their homes more energy efficient and taking advantage of clean heat pump technology for heating & cooling their homes, and enroll in their no-cost program. Contact Lisa at (607) 500-HEAT,

You can also view videos of some of their past events here, as well as a recent presentation on 1/28/21 that was part of Cornell’s Sustainability at Home series (see below).


Extended through June: Increased Incentives for Energy Efficiency


The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has temporarily increased incentives for clean energy projects for low- and moderate-income households. The changes were slated to end in December 2020, but have been extended through June 2021. Here is a summary of the major changes:

  • EmPower New York subsidy increased from $7,000 to $10,000 max. This program for low-income homeowners and renters covers 100% of the cost of improvements in insulation, air sealing, and some health and safety measures.
  • Assisted Home Performance with Energy Star subsidy increased from $4,000 to $5,000 max. This is a matching grant for moderate income households. The eligibility for this program has changed from 80% of area median income to 120% of area median income. For example, the cut-off level for a household of four in Tompkins County is $115,128.

Please note that the NYSERDA websites may not yet be updated to reflect these program changes.

Interested in learning more about these programs or in applying for them? Fill out our short intake form and let us know how we can help!