Energy Conservation Grants for the Elderly

December 10, 2015


Elderly citizens in Rhode Island who have made expenditures for home improvements to increase the energy efficiency of their home are eligible for energy conservation grant up to $200. 

The energy conservation grant is designed as an alternative to tax credits or rebates for energy efficiency that are usually provided as federal and state tax return. Elderly citizens who either rent or own property may not be required to file tax credits and thus do not receive such incentives. This program directly provides grants to such qualifying citizens for energy efficiency investments. 


To apply for the grant the person must be of age sixty five (65) or over, who is not required under existing tax law to file state income tax or a federal income tax or who does not receive a tax rebate for energy conservation. The energy efficiency upgrades must be done on the principle residence. The person can be an owner or a renter of the residential dwelling. 

Program Description

The energy conservation grant includes one-time grant of fifty percent (50%) up to two hundred dollars ($200) of any sums expended for the purchase and installation of energy conservation items as provided below:

  1.  Insulation designed to reduce heat loss or heat gain in a home or in a water heater
  2.  Storm or thermal windows or doors for the exterior of the home
  3.  Caulking or weather stripping of exterior doors or windows
  4.  Clock thermostats or other automatic energy-saving set-back themostats
  5.  Furnace modifications designed to increase fuel efficiency, including replacement burners, modified flue openings, and ignition systems that replace gas pilot light. 

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Rhode Island
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Water Heaters
  • Furnaces
  • Heat pumps
  • Programmable Thermostats
  • Caulking/Weather-stripping
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Tankless Water Heater
Incentive Amount: 50% of any funds used for purchase or installation of eligible items
Maximum Incentive: $200


This program has 1 incentives
Technologies: Water Heaters, Furnaces, Heat pumps, Programmable Thermostats, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Windows, Doors, Tankless Water Heater
Sectors: Residential
Parameters: The incentive has a minimum of $200.00


Name: RI General Law § 44-38


Name: Taxpayer Assistance and Research
Organization: Rhode Island Division of Taxation
Address: One Capitol Hill
Providence RI 02908
Phone: (401) 574-8829

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.