Federal Income Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency:These include credits for renewable energy systems such as solar panels, wind turbines, and geothermal heat pumps. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 extended the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which was set to decrease to 22% in 2021 and 10% in 2022 for commercial projects. The extension maintains the tax credit at 26% for projects that begin construction in 2021 and 2022.
IRS: For specific tax credits related to renewable energy or energy efficiency, you can visit the IRS website and use their search feature.
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE): This comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Energy Star: This U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program provides information on tax credits for energy efficiency.
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) – Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) website: This website offers resources and information about various federal programs and incentives related to energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Local and state government websites:Many states and local governments have their own incentive programs, so it’s worth checking their official websites or contacting their offices directly. For local and state government incentives, the specifics will depend on your location. Searching for “[Your State] energy incentives” or “[Your City] energy incentives” should guide you to the relevant websites. Remember that many utility companies also offer energy efficiency programs, so it can be worthwhile to check with your utility provider as well.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): This is a federal program that provides assistance to low-income households to manage and meet their immediate home heating and cooling needs.
Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP): This program enables low-income families to permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy-efficient.
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP): This program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.