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HeatSmart Capital Region

HeatSmart Capital Region is a community initiative funded by the New York State Research and Development Authority and managed by the Capital District Regional Planning Commission, which supports residents and businesses in exploring ways to improve how they heat and cool their buildings.

The campaign will connect you with local heating and cooling experts who offer the latest in energy efficient technology, such as geothermal systems, cold climate air source heat pumps, and hot water heat pumps. If you’re considering a new heating or cooling system, are interested in finding out how to save energy in your home, or simply wondering what you can do to help address climate change, this campaign is for you!


Through community events, open houses, and workshops, HeatSmart Capital Region provides information about sustainable heating and cooling systems, and provides access to vetted and trusted installers. HeatSmart participants learn how they can 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 period of time. There may also be grants available for low and moderate income households to help defray the up-front costs of switching to heat pump technology.


Residents who live within the Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, Rensselaer, Warren, Washington, Columbia and Greene Counties are eligible to participate in HeatSmart Capital Region. Renters are also encouraged to reach out to their landlords about participation. If you are interested in this opportunity but do not live in the 8-County Capital Region you can find another participating campaign on NYSERDA’s website, here.

If you’d like to chat about opportunities within these programs please join us on Zoom or contact Jill Henck at Jill.Henck@cdrpc.org.

To receive updates to the program, as well as informational webinars, please sign up for our Clean Energy mailing list here:  CDRPC Mailing List.


Todd Fabozzi, Director of Sustainability

Tara Donadio, CEC Coordinator

Jill Henck, CEC Coordinator

Bethany Costello, Sustainability Intern