Current Energy Incentives; Federal and Virginia

You may or may not know of some of the energy incentives available to home owners through Federal initiatives, as well as initiatives from the state of Virginia. Some do and are good to go, some know they are out there but finding the information is too tedious, and for some this is new information. There are bound to be additional incentives beyond what is posted here, but here is what I found so far.  Hope this is useful!

FEDERAL:

Personal Tax Credit for Home Improvements (Updated in February 2009)
Potential Applicants: Homeowners who placed in service qualified energy saving home improvements between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2010.

Home improvement tax credits are available for insulation, replacement windows, water heaters, certain high efficiency heating and cooling equipment, and biomass stoves. See chart on the ENERGY STAR website. $1,500 is the maximum total amount that can be claimed for all products placed in service in 2009 & 2010 for most home improvements, EXCEPT for geothermal heat pumps, solar water heaters, solar panels, fuel cells, and small wind energy systems which are not subject to this cap, and are in effect through 2016. If you are building a new home, you can qualify for the tax credit for geothermal heat pumps, photovoltaics, solar water heaters, small wind energy systems and fuel cells, but not the tax credits for windows, doors, insulation, roofs, HVAC, or non-solar water heaters.

VIRGINIA:

Weatherization Assistance Program
Potential Applicants: Low-Income Homeowners and renters.

The Weatherization Assistance program provides funds to reduce the heating and cooling costs for low-income families and to ensure their health and safety.  The program provides repairs and improvements to home heating and cooling systems, and provides for the installation of energy-saving measures in the house.

To see if you qualify for this program, check here. For a list of weatherization providers, click here.
For more information about this program, visit the Department of Housing and Community Development website or email weatherization@dhcd.virginia.gov.

ENERGY STAR and Water Sense Sales Tax Holiday

The sales tax holiday will be a recurring event, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the Friday before the second Monday in October of every year and ending at midnight on the Monday immediately following. (2009 Dates: Oct. 9 – 12)

During this period, consumers may purchase certain Energy Star qualified products exempt of the Retail Sales and Use Tax. The exempt items include: any dishwasher, clothes washer, air conditioner, ceiling fan, compact fluorescent light bulb, dehumidifier, programmable thermostat, or refrigerator, the energy efficiency of which has been designated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Energy as meeting or exceeding each such agency’s requirements under the Energy Star program. The exemption is also available for WaterSense qualified products containing a WaterSense label. In order to be eligible for the Energy Star or WaterSense sales tax holiday exemptions, products must cost $2,500 or less per item and be purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.

Load Management Programs (for electric water heaters and HVAC)
Potential Applicants: Customers of the Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC)

These programs aim to reduce the energy used during peak demand periods by installing a switch on water heaters and/or air conditioning systems to turn them off during peak times. Residential and non-residetial customers who participate receive incentives such as free hot water heater and HVAC repairs or evaluations, monthly credits on electric bills, and/or rebates towards the purchase of a efficient hot water heater. Incentives vary by utility.

For more information, click on the link for your utility below:
Northern Virginia EC’s Load Management Program

Dominion Virginia Power CFL Discount Program
Potential Applicants: Shoppers at participating Home Depot stores in Virginia

Save $1.50 on each individual CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) you purchase and $3.00 on each multi-pack. No coupon necessary (products have been marked down on the shelves). Just visit a participating Home Depot Store in Virginia and look for the ENERGY STAR label on CFL packaging. Limit 25 bulbs per customer. View a list of participating Home Depot stores and view the list of CFLs eligible for this discount program.

For more information, visit Dominion Virginia Power’s CFL Discount Program webpage.

These are all examples of the consumer related incentives that are available to those in Northern Virginia. Additional energy related incentives are available to commercial entities, including home builders.

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