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If you purchase energy-efficient products  for your home, you may be eligible for a federal tax credit.  30% of cost up to $1500 is refundable with qualifying products that are purchased prior to 12/31/10. . Tax credit does not include installation cost.


If you purchase energy-efficient products  for your home, you may be eligible for a federal tax credit.  30% of cost up to $1500 is refundable with qualifying products that are purchased prior to 12/31/10. Tax credit does not include installation cost.

Home Improvement: Improve Your Home's Energy Efficiency with ENERGY STAR

Making your home more energy efficient with ENERGY STAR can help to reduce high energy bills, improve comfort and help to protect the environment. Improving energy efficiency is also an important first step for homeowners interested in green remodeling. ENERGY STAR can guide you in making your home more efficient and EDT Construction & remodeling is here to help!

Here are the guideline from the U.S. Government Official Site:

SUMMARY OF TAX CREDITS FOR HOMEOWNERS
Product Category Product Type Tax Credit Specification Tax Credit Notes
Insulation Insulation Meets 2009 IECC & Amendments 30% of cost, up to $1,5001

For insulation to qualify, its primary purpose must be to insulate (example: insulated siding does not qualify).

Check to see if you have Home Performance with ENERGY STAR in your areas. Adding insulation to your home is covered.

Windows & Doors Exterior Windows and Skylights Before June 1, 2009:
Must meet ENERGY STAR criteria

After June 1, 2009:
U factor <= 0.30

SHGC <= 0.30
30% of cost, up to $1,5001

Not all ENERGY STAR labeled windows and skylights qualify for tax credit.

More information

Storm Windows In combination with the exterior window over which it is installed:
  1. has a U-factor and SHGC of 0.30 or below
  2. Meets the IECC
30% of cost, up to $1,5001

View our FAQ on storm doors and storm windows.

Exterior Doors Before June 1, 2009:
Must meet ENERGY STAR criteria

After June 1, 2009:
U factor <= 0.30

SHGC <= 0.30
30% of cost, up to $1,5001

Not all ENERGY STAR doors will qualify.

More information

Storm Doors In combination with a wood door over which it is installed:
  1. has a U-factor and SHGC of 0.30 or below
  2. Meets the IECC
30% of cost, up to $1,5001

View our FAQ on storm doors and storm windows.

Roofing Metal Roofs,
Asphalt Roofs
All ENERGY STAR qualified metal and reflective asphalt shingles 30% of cost, up to $1,5001

View our FAQ on roofs that qualify for the tax credit

HVAC Central A/C Split Systems:
EER >=13
SEER >= 16

Package systems:
EER >= 12
SEER >= 14
30% of cost, up to $1,5001

For a list of qualified products, read this FAQ.

Note — not all ENERGY STAR products will qualify for the tax credit. View ENERGY STAR criteria.

Air Source Heat Pumps Split Systems:
HSPF >= 8.5
EER >= 12.5
SEER >= 15

Package systems:
HSPF >= 8
EER >= 12
SEER >= 14
30% of cost, up to $1,5001
Natural Gas or Propane Furnace

AFUE >= 95

30% of cost, up to $1,5001

For a partial list of qualifying products go to: Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) PDF

Not all ENERGY STAR products will qualify for the tax credit. View ENERGY STAR criteria for furnaces, boilers.

Oil Furnace

AFUE >= 90

30% of cost, up to $1,5001
Gas, Propane, or Oil Hot Water Boiler

AFUE >= 90

30% of cost, up to $1,5001
Advanced Main Air Circulating Fan No more than 2% of furnace total energy use. Read this FAQ if the fan qualifies, but the furnace does not. 30% of cost, up to $1,5001
Water Heaters Gas, Oil, Propane Water Heater Energy Factor >= 0.82
or a thermal efficiency of at least 90%.
30% of cost, up to $1,5001

All ENERGY STAR gas tankless water heaters will qualify.

There are currently no ENERGY STAR qualified gas storage tank or gas condensing water heaters that qualify.

View ENERGY STAR criteria for water heaters.

For a partial list of qualifying products go to: Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)

Electric Heat Pump Water Heater Same criteria as ENERGY STAR: Energy Factor >= 2.0 30% of cost, up to $1,5001

All ENERGY STAR electric heat pump water heaters qualify for the tax credit.

Biomass Stove Biomass Stove

Stove which burns biomass fuel to heat a home or heat water.

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

30% of cost, up to $1,5001 View FAQ on biomass stoves.
Geo-Thermal Heat Pump Geo-Thermal Heat Pump

Same criteria as ENERGY STAR:

Closed Loop:
EER >= 14.1
COP >= 3.3

Open Loop:
EER >= 16.2
COP >= 3.6

Direct Expansion:
EER >= 15
COP >= 3.5

30% of the cost

All ENERGY STAR geo-thermal heat pumps qualify for the tax credit.

Use IRS Form 5695 PDF

Must be “placed into service” before December 31, 2016.

Solar Energy Systems Solar Water Heating

At least half of the energy generated by the “qualifying property” must come from the sun. Homeowners may only claim spending on the solar water heating system property, not the entire water heating system of the household.

The credit is not available for expenses for swimming pools or hot tubs.

The water must be used in the dwelling.

The system must be certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC).

30% of cost

All ENERGY STAR solar water heaters qualify for the tax credit.

Use IRS Form 5695 PDF

Must be placed in service before December 31, 2016.

Photovoltaic Systems Photovoltaic systems must provide electricity for the residence, and must meet applicable fire and electrical code requirement. 30% of cost

Use IRS Form 5695 PDF

Must be placed in service before December 31, 2016.

Small Wind Energy Systems Residential Small Wind Turbines Has nameplate capacity of not more than 100 kilowatts. 30% of cost

Use IRS Form 5695 PDF

Must be placed in service before December 31, 2016.

Fuel Cells Residential Fuel Cell and microturbine system

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

30% of the cost, up to $500 per .5 kW of power capacity

Use IRS Form 5695 PDF

Must be placed in service before December 31, 2016.

1Subject to a $1,500 maximum per homeowner for all improvements combined.

Making your home more energy efficient with ENERGY STAR can help to reduce high energy bills, improve comfort and help to protect the environment. Improving energy efficiency is also an important first step for homeowners interested in green remodeling. ENERGY STAR can guide you in making your home more efficient — whether you do-it-yourself or hire a qualified professional.

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Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are installation costs covered by the tax credit?

Is there an income limit on the tax credit?

What forms do I need for the energy efficiency tax credits?

All Tax Credit FAQs

UPDATED June 11, 2009

Quick link to this page: energystar.gov/taxcredits

Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency includes:

 



 

 

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