Energy Star Incentives for Existing Homes

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Insulation

Tax Credit: 10% of cost up to $500
Expires: December 31, 2013

Adding adequate insulation is one of the most cost-effective home improvements that you can do.

Requirements
Typical bulk insulation products can qualify, such as batts, rolls, blow-in fibers, rigid boards, expanding spray, and pour-in-place.

Products that air seal (reduce air leaks) can also qualify, as long as they come with a Manufacturers Certification Statement, including:

  • Weather stripping
  • Spray foam in a can, designed to air seal
  • Caulk designed to air seal
  • House wrap

Tax Credit does NOT include installation costs. But, you can install the insulation/home sealing yourself and get the credit.


New Window incentives

Windows, Doors, Skylights

Energy efficient windows, doors and skylights can reduce energy bills.

Requirements

U factor <=0.30
SHGC <=0.30

Tax Credit does NOT include installation costs.


Storm Window incentives

Storm Windows & Doors

A less expensive approach to replacing old windows/doors, is to use storm windows to improve energy efficiency. When installed in combination with older, less efficient window/door, storm windows/doors can enhance efficiency by creating another barrier between the interior of you home and the weather outside.

Requirements
In combination with the exterior window/door over which it is installed:
U-factor and SHGC of 0.30 or below
Must meet the IECC

Tax Credit does NOT include installation costs.


Roof incentives

Roof (Metal & Asphalt)

Tax Credit: 30% of cost with no upper limit
Expires: December 31, 2016

Details:
Existing homes & new construction qualify. Both principal residences and second homes qualify. Rentals do not qualify.
Qualified roof products reflect more of the sun's rays, which can lower roof surface temperature by up to 100F, decreasing the amount of heat transferred into your home.

Requirements
"Metal roofs with appropriate pigmented coatings" and "asphalt roofs with appropriate cooling granules" that also meet ENERGY STAR requirements.
Tax Credit does NOT include installation costs.


Water Heater incentives

Water Heaters

Gas, Oil, Propane Water Heater

Water heating can account for 14%–25% of the energy consumed in your home.

Requirements
Energy Factor ≥ 0.82 OR a thermal efficiency of at least 90%.

Tax Credit includes installation costs.

Water Heater incentives

Electric Heat Pump Water Heater

Water heating can account for 14%–25% of the energy consumed in your home.

Requirements
Energy Factor ≥ 2.0

Tax Credit includes installation costs.

Tax Credit: 30% of cost up to $1,500
Expires: December 31, 2010

Details: Must be an existing home & your principal residence. New construction and rentals do not qualify.


Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Tax Credit: 30% of cost up to $1,500
Expires: December 31, 2010

Details: Must be an existing home & your principal residence. New construction and rentals do not qualify.

An Advanced Main Air Circulating Fan is an efficient fan, or blower motor which blows the air that your furnace heats up through the duct system.

Requirements
Must use no more than 2% of the furnace's total energy. Note: If the fan is qualified, but the furnace is not, you will not be able to take 30% off the cost of the entire furnace. Ask your HVAC contractor to break out the cost of the fan in your bill. You can get a 30% tax credit on the cost of the fan alone.

Tax Credit includes installation costs.

HVAC incentives

Air Source Heat Pumps

Heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners in moderate climates. Like your refrigerator, heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space into a warm, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. During the heating season, heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house; during the cooling season, heat pumps move heat from your cool house into the warm outdoors. Because they move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide up to 4 times the amount of energy they consume.

Requirements

Split Systems:
HSPF ≥ 8.5
EER ≥ 12.5
SEER ≥ 15

Package systems:
HSPF ≥ 8
EER ≥ 12
SEER ≥ 14

Tax Credit includes installation costs.

Air Conditioner incentives

Central Air Conditioning (CAC)

The best way to find tax credit eligible CACs is to ask your HVAC Contractor (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning). To verify tax credit eligibility, ask your HVAC contractor to provide the Manufacturer Certification Statement for the equipment you plan to purchase. Or, search the Manufacturer's website.

Requirements

Split Systems:
SEER ≥ 16
EER ≥ 13

Package systems:
SEER ≥ 14
EER ≥ 12

Tax Credit includes installation costs.

Boiler incentives

Gas, Propane, Or Oil Hot Water Boiler

These are heating units that use water circulated throughout the home in a system of baseboard heating units, radiators, and/or in-floor radiant tubing.

Requirements
AFUE ≥ 90

Tax Credit includes installation costs.

Natural Gas incentives

Natural Gas Or Propane Furnace

A furnace uses the combustion of fuel and air to create heat.

Requirements
AFUE ≥ 95

Tax Credit includes installation costs.

Tax Credit: 30% of cost up to $1,500
Expires: December 31, 2010

Details: Must be an existing home & your principal residence.
New construction and rentals do not qualify.

Geothermal incentives

Geothermal Heat Pumps

Geothermal heat pumps are similar to ordinary heat pumps, but use the ground instead of outside air to provide heating, air conditioning and, in most cases, hot water. Because they use the earth's natural heat, they are among the most efficient and comfortable heating and cooling technologies currently available.

Requirements

Closed Loop:
EER ≥ 14.1
COP ≥ 3.3

Open Loop:
EER ≥ 16.2
COP ≥ 3.6

Direct Expansion:
EER ≥ 15
COP ≥ 3.5

Tax Credit includes installation costs.

Tax Credit: 30% of cost with no upper limit
Expires: December 31, 2016

Details: Existing homes & new construction qualify. Both principal residences and second homes qualify. Rentals do not qualify.

Biomass incentives

Biomass Stoves

Biomass stoves burn biomass fuel to heat a home or heat water. Biomass fuel includes agricultural crops and trees, wood and wood waste and residues (including wood pellets), plants (including aquatic plants), grasses, residues, and fibers.

Requirements
Thermal efficiency rating of at least 75% as measured using a lower heating value.

Tax Credit includes installation costs. 


Wind Turbine incentives

Small Wind Turbines (Residential)

Tax Credit: 30% of cost with no upper limit
Expires: December 31, 2016

Details: Existing homes & new construction qualify. Both principal residences and second homes qualify. Rentals do not qualify.

A wind turbine collects kinetic energy from the wind and converts it to electricity that is compatible with a home's electrical system.

Requirements
Must have a nameplate capacity of no more than 100 kilowatts.

Tax Credit includes installation costs.

Tax Credit: Credit Details: 30% of the cost, up to $500 per .5 kW of power capacity
Expires: December 31, 2016

Details: Existing homes & new construction qualify. Must be your principle residence only.
Rentals and second homes do not qualify.


Solar incentives

Solar Energy Systems

Tax Credit: 30% of cost with no upper limit
Expires: December 31, 2016

Details: Existing homes & new construction qualify. Both principal residences and second homes qualify. Rentals do not qualify.

Solar Water Heaters

Solar water heaters come in a wide variety of designs, all including a collector and storage tank, and all using the sun's thermal energy to heat water. Solar water heaters are typically described according to the type of collector and the circulation system.

Requirements
At least half of the energy generated by the "qualifying property" must come from the sun. The system must be certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) or a comparable entity endorsed by the government of the state in which the property is installed.

Note: The credit is not available for expenses for swimming pools or hot tubs. The water must be used in the dwelling.
Photovoltaic systems must provide electricity for the residence, and must meet applicable fire and electrical code requirement.
Tax Credit includes installation costs.

Solar Panel incentives

SOLAR PANELS (PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS)

Solar Panels or Photovoltaic Systems are solar cells that capture light energy from the sun and convert it directly into electricity.

Requirements
Photovoltaic systems must provide electricity for the residence, and must meet applicable fire and electrical code requirement.

Tax Credit: Credit Details: 30% of the cost, up to $500 per .5 kW of power capacity
Expires: December 31, 2016

Details: Existing homes & new construction qualify. Must be your principle residence only.
Rentals and second homes do not qualify.


Fuel Cell incentives

Fuel Cells (Residential Fuel Cell & Microturbine System)

Fuel cells are an important enabling technology for the hydrogen economy and have the potential to revolutionize the way we power our nation, offering cleaner, more-efficient alternatives to the combustion of gasoline and other fossil fuels.

Requirements
Efficiency of at least 30% and must have a capacity of at least 0.5 kW.

Tax Credit includes installation costs.


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