About the Campaign

HeatSmart CNY is a community campaign making it easier and more affordable than ever to install modern, clean heating and cooling solutions.

Join us at one of our free workshops and open houses to learn about how heat pumps work and how you can be more comfortable, save money and save the planet by installing a heat pump in your home or business.

Home with text "the future of heating and cooling is renewable"

HeatSmart CNY is a grassroots community initiative to support residents and businesses in exploring ways to improve how they heat their buildings. We will connect you to local heating and cooling experts who offer energy efficiency retrofits and the latest energy efficient technologies, such as geothermal systems, cold climate air source heat pumps, and hot water heat pumps. The campaign is a partnership between the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board and Alliance for a Green Economy, and it is directed by community leaders who are volunteering their time to support this effort. If you’re considering a new heating or cooling system, if you're interested in finding out how to save energy in your home, or if you're wondering what you can do to help address climate change, this campaign is for you! 

How does HeatSmart CNY Work?

Through community events, open houses, and workshops, HeatSmart CNY will provide information about sustainable heating and cooling systems, and provide access to vetted and trusted installers.  HeatSmart participants will learn what they can do to improve the efficiency and comfort of their homes and buildings, and receive a free site visit and evaluation to determine which clean heating and cooling technologies are best suited for their home or business.  In select communities, targeted campaigns may provide additional savings on installation costs by signing up multiple homes in a short time period. We also have some grants available for low and moderate income households to help defray the up-front costs to switching to a heat pump.

Pictures of people with heat pumps in their homes in Cortland County


Who is eligible?

Map of Central New York showing Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Oswego, and Onondaga Counties

You can sign up with HeatSmart CNY if you own a home or business in the following New York State counties:

·       Cayuga

·       Cortland

·       Madison

·       Onondaga

·       Oswego

Renters should encourage their landlords to apply. Other HeatSmart programs are also available in the following counties and municipalities, through NYSERDA’s Clean Heating and Cooling Communities program: Orange, Otsego, Tioga, Broome, Chenango, and Delaware Counties, Tompkins, Sullivan and Ulster, Westchester, and the City of Rochester.


How Do Heat Pumps Work?

This video from geothermal expert Jay Egg and NYSERDA explains how ground source heat pumps work and their benefits. 

Cold climate air source heat pumps work similarly, pulling the energy from the air around us.  YES, they work even in Central New York! Look for "Cold Climate" air source heat pumps - they're designed to work down to at least -13* F!