New York initiates residential energy discount scheme



New York is the first state to initiate the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Rebates program, which aims to help low-and-middle-income families access clean energy upgrades and enhance efficiency. The initiative is part of the Inflation Reduction Act, providing $8.8 billion in Federal funding to lower energy costs and increase efficiency nationwide; it is expected to save up to $1 billion annually in energy costs and generate about 50,000 jobs. New York’s $158 million Home Electrification and Appliance Rebates program will provide homeowners up to $14,000 per housing unit for installing energy-efficient upgrades, while an additional rebate program funded by the President’s Inflation Reduction Act will offer up to $8,000 to households reducing energy usage by at least 20 percent.

Home Energy Rebates Program Launches in New York

New York is now the first state to launch the Home Energy Rebates program from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This initiative is aimed at aiding low and middle-income families in accessing clean energy and energy-efficient upgrades. The program is part of the nationwide Inflation Reduction Act movement, providing $8.8 billion federally to reduce energy costs and enhance efficiency across states, territories, and Tribes.

The projected benefits of these energy-saving measures include up to $1 billion annual savings for consumers and an estimated 50,000 U.S. jobs in industries such as residential construction and manufacturing.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm emphasized, “The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to reducing costs for American households, altering the economics of home energy bills. New York is leading the way, setting the stage for other states to launch their Home Energy Rebates program, which offers job opportunities, savings, and improved homes.”

The state is rolling out phase one of its $158 million Home Electrification and Appliance Rebates (HEAR) scheme. This phase enables homeowners to install upgrades such as insulation, heat pumps, ventilation, and electric upgrades with maximum rebates of up to $14,000 per housing unit.

Building on this, New York is using $159 million from the Inflation Reduction Act to bolster its Home Efficiency Rebates. Eligible households may receive up to an additional $8,000 in rebates for implementing measures that reduce energy usage by a minimum of 20 percent.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul highlighted the state’s commitment to the environment, saying, “By being the first to offer these Inflation Reduction Act rebates, we are widening access to home improvements that will save New Yorkers on their energy bills while lessening our dependence on fossil fuels.”

Following New York’s lead, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Rhode Island are also looking at launching their versions of the Home Energy Rebate programs.

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