Energy Conservation

Are you struggling with your home’s energy efficiency?  Is your house cold in winter and hot in summer? Are you disabled and home improvements could help you get around your home? We’re here to help! Our Energy Conservation team has a variety of home improvement measures to help residents save fuel funds, reduce energy use, and enable people with disabilities to fully access their homes.

What’s under our energy conservation umbrella?

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
Grants through the U.S. Department of Energy to improve the energy efficiency of the homes of eligible families using the latest technology in energy upgrades. Since the program began in 1976, DOE has helped improve the lives of more than 7 million families by reducing their energy usage and bills.

Access to Home
Assistance to eligible property owners to make dwellings accessible and safe for residents with disabilities. Measures help adapt homes to meet the needs of those with disabilities and enable individuals to safely and comfortably continue to live in their residences.

Residential Emergency Services to Offer Repairs to the Elderly (RESTORE)
Emergency repairs to eliminate hazardous conditions in homes owned by eligible seniors, when the homeowners cannot afford to make the repairs. These types of repairs are not considered energy conservation measures and may include hot water heaters or a leaking roof.

Heating Equipment Repair & Replacement (HERR)
Benefits for eligible homeowners include repaired or replaced furnaces, boilers, and other direct heating components to keep the home’s primary heating source functional. Homeowners must reside in the home. This program is a joint venture between RECAP and the Department of Social Services.

Cooling Assistance
Cooling assistance services to eligible households that include an individual with a documented medical condition that is exacerbated by heat. This program is a joint venture between RECAP and the Department of Social Services.

EmPower NY and Home Performance with ENERGY STAR
No-cost energy efficiency solutions to eligible New Yorkers. Measures may include air sealing, insulation, replacement, replacement of inefficient refrigerators and freezers, new energy-efficient lighting, and free health and safety checks of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and appliances.


Help is free for eligible  households. If you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), public assistance, food stamps, or HEAP benefits at the time of your application, you may be categorically eligible. Current income thresholds:


Affiliated with regional and national agencies in the energy conservation field.

  • NYS Homes & Community Renewal (NYSHCR)
  • NYS Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA)
  • Building Performance Institute (BPI)

Contact us

RECAP’s Energy Conservation Program
40 Smith Street in Middletown
(845) 342-3978
Fax: (845) 342-4965
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30AM–4:30PM


Please note during heating season…

Our programs improve home energy efficiency and accessibility, but unfortunately we do not provide fuel funds. For information on fuel funds, contact the following local agencies: