Learn about available programs and rebates from National Grid to see how you can enhance the value of your property with energy efficiency.
NYC Green House is an HPD program designed to help building owners reduce the amount of energy used to operate their buildings safely and efficiently. Whether renovating units, replacing mechanicals or maintaining these residential buildings, NYC Green House provides access to tax credits, rebates and incentives that promote energy efficiency as well as some easy tips for everyday upkeep that can lower your energy bills.
Consider replacing old, drafty windows and doors with Energy Star® rated, efficient ones--they could reduce your energy bill by 15%. Federal energy tax credits are available check the Energy Star® website:
If the skylights in your stairwell have fallen into disrepair, consider replacing them or repairing them. This will provide natural daylight so you can reduce your dependence on electric lighting.
Bring fresh air into your building: instruct your maintenance staff to leave windows in common areas (like lobbies and stairwells) open when the outside temperature is between 55-75ºF.
Switching to compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) is the single most cost effective way to reduce your energy use. Switching all the bulbs in your home to CFLs will save you up to 25% on your monthly electricity bill.
Use the Energy Star® Guide to Federal Tax Credits to find which products might get you a tax credit or a refund:
Energy Star® rated window air conditioners use about 10% less energy than non-rated A/C room units. In addition to having great features (like timers and temperature control), they can save you $60 during the machine’s lifetime. Look for the yellow label on appliances in the hardware store, or check out different models on the EPA’s Energy Star® website:
Energy Star® qualified refrigerators are 20% more energy efficient than the minimum federal standard. That adds up to significant savings for your tenants, and less of a draw on your building’s wiring. They may be eligible for a tax credit, too. You can find qualified models here:
Figure out whether your building operates efficiently or if it’s an energy hog. Using your energy bill, this downloadable calculator will help you determine where your building falls.
Educate your residents about all the great tricks and tips offered by GreeNYC by visiting this site:
You may be eligible to get New York State rebates on Energy Star® appliances. Visit this website to learn about the rebate program:
Encourage your tenants to buy Energy Star® rated appliances and electronics. They use 10-50% less energy and water than non-rated appliances. Read more on the appliance section of the U.S. EPA’s Energy Star® program:
For a Do-It-Yourself home energy assessment, the U.S. Department of Energy will get you started:
For buildings with 5-75 units, ConEd offers a free audit and free energy-saving devices. There are financial incentives like rebates available for upgrading your HVAC equipment as well. For more information about the program, visit:
Repair broken windows and loose doors to limit heat loss. Make sure your residents’ thermostats and/or radiator valves are working properly.
Service your boiler regularly to keep it running at peak efficiency. Your fuel or gas company can set up an inspection and maintenance plan with you.
Check with your tax preparer for new and renewed rebate and incentive programs. View a list of financial incentives offered in New York State.
Tracking energy usage online - log onto your ConEd account. It’s easy and you can find information from the past two years. Be prepared with your account info and log on to:
Prior to an energy audit, be sure to gather all of your energy bills and any other documentation required by your auditor.
Property owners can benefit from federal tax credits for energy efficiency improvements on their homes. Visit Federal Tax Credits for Consumer Energy Efficiency: