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Block Island Saves: An Energy Efficiency Program

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The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) has allocated $500,000 of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) funds to help New Shoreham residents and small businesses improve their energy efficiency.

Rhode Island is a national leader in delivering energy efficiency programs and incentives that reduce energy costs and consumption for Ocean State families, businesses, and the public sector. Currently, there are no comprehensive energy efficiency services available to Block Island consumers despite the fact that they have the highest energy costs in the state. Recognizing this gap, OER will be implementing a two-stage pilot energy efficiency program for local Block Island residents and small businesses through 2016. The program will help Block Islanders save energy and money today, while gathering valuable data and experience to inform a more long-term solution to local efficiency needs.

The program is currently open to all Block Island businesses and year-round homeowners. This program will run from March 1st to December 31st of 2016, or until funding is depleted, whichever occurs first.


If you are interested in participating during this year's pilot stage, please call RISE Engineering to schedule your free, no-obligation energy assessment: 1-877-784-3709.


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  • Step 1: Schedule a free, no-obligation energy audit with one of the program's energy experts. An auditor will come to your property to look at your lighting, appliances, heating and cooling systems, air sealing and insulation, thermostats, and more!
  • Step 2: The auditor provides you with information about your energy use and gives recommendations on how to improve your overall energy efficiency. Incentives and rebates are explained and made available for recommended measures.
  • Step 3: If you would like to install any of the recommended measures, the auditor will work with you to take advantage of available incentives and rebates and to get the work completed.
  • Step 4: If a substantial number of energy efficient measures are installed, the program will require a free post-installation inspection of these measures. This will ensure everything has been installed properly and is in good working order.
  • Step 5: You enjoy savings on your energy bills!


By improving your energy efficiency you can reduce your energy bills, lessen your environmental impact and improve the comfort of your home or business. It's a win-win for everyone!

For further information about the Block Island Saves program, please contact:

Carrie A. Gill, Ph.D. (Program Manager)
Office of Energy Resources

Becca Trietch
Office of Energy Resources

Call for a Free Energy Assessment Today!

Call RISE Engineering at 1-877-784-3709


If you have any questions or would simply like more information, please contact the Program Manager, Carrie Gill via phone or email:

401-574-9121 |


Streetlights: The Block Island Power Company removed seventy-four (74) existing high pressure sodium (HPS) municipal street lights and replaced them with Energy Efficient LED street lights. OER contributed $45,193.78 to BIPCO for this project. BIPCO also reduced the local streetlight tariff, it charges the Town of New Shoreham, by 56% upon project completion (September, 2015).

Energy Efficiency at Municipal Facilities: The Block Island public School, Town Hall, and Library are currently working with the OER to improve their energy efficiency. Over 30% of the costs of energy efficiency upgrades (approximately $82,700) are being offset by OER incentives. In total, all projects are expected to reduce the energy consumption of these buildings by over 50%.