Home Maintenance

Home Energy Services 

The Dutchess County Office for the Aging is available to assist income-eligible individuals over age 60 with home energy needs through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and the Weatherization Assistance Program.

Seniors of limited income may be eligible for HEAP, which can provide a one-time credit towards fuel or heating utility bills during the fall and winter months.  Seniors who qualify for HEAP may also be entitled to up to two additional credits depending on their financial situation.

Homeowners who qualify for HEAP can also apply for the Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement (HERR) and Heating Equipment Clean and Tune programs, to address any heating maintenance needs.  Homeowners may also be eligible for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), which can fund modifications to the home for heating and energy efficiency. Details on HERR are available here (.pdf).

For questions about any of these programs, call 845-486-2555.

(Source: Dutchess County Office for the Aging)

Mid-Hudson Energy Choices

“We can help you make your home more comfortable while saving energy and money! You have the power to choose how!”

Mid-Hudson Energy Choices provides free support for residents and businesses in the Mid-Hudson Valley looking to make their home or workplace safer and more comfortable, while also reducing energy consumption and saving money on energy costs. They work in 7 counties in the Mid-Hudson region: Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester. If you’re interested in energy efficiency, renewable heat or solar programs, they can provide assistance and support to guide residents and businesses through the process of applying for energy programs, selecting contractors, and financing upgrades.

This program is a collaboration of Cornell Cooperative Extension offices in Dutchess, Sullivan, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester counties, and is funded by a grant from NYSERDA.

Rebuilding Together Dutchess County 

Seniors may be eligible for FREE home repairs and accessibility modifications with Rebuilding together Dutchess County. Their mission is to assure that income-qualified homeowners, particularly seniors, persons with disabilities, or families with children live in warmth, safety, and independence.

Click Here to learn more about Rebuilding Together

Click Here to Apply

(Source: Rebuilding Together Dutchess County & Mid-Hudson Energy Choices)

Universal Design

At the broadest level, universal design is concerned with designing for diversity and equity. Universal design can help older adults age in place.

Click Here to learn more about Universal Design 

(Source: Beyond Accessibility to Universal Design)