Incentives and Financing for Energy Efficient Homes

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Financial incentives and financing programs can help with the cost of making energy efficient home improvements and installing renewable energy systems, such as solar electricity. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder/NREL.

Financial incentives and financing programs can help with the cost of making energy efficient home improvements and installing renewable energy systems, such as solar electricity. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder/NREL.

Consumers can find financial assistance for energy efficient purchases and improvements in the form of incentives such as tax credits or rebates, and through energy-efficient financing. Visit the following sections to search for incentives in your area and to learn more about financing options.

Tax credits, Rebates, and Savings Programs

Search for federal, state, and local incentives to offset the cost of energy efficient improvements and renewable energy technologies in your home.

Financing Energy Efficient Homes

You can benefit from energy efficient financing whether you're buying, selling, refinancing, or remodeling a home. If you're shopping for an energy efficient home, an energy efficient mortgage (EEM) can help you qualify for a more expensive home.

Rebates & Tax Credits

Federal incentives for building envelope, heating, cooling, and water heating products, as well as small wind electric systems, geothermal heat pumps, and fuel cells expired at the end of 2016. If you made these improvements in 2015 or 2016, file form 5695 with your taxes to claim the credit.

A federal tax credit is available for solar energy systems. The credit is for 30% through 2019, then decreases to 26% for tax year 2020, then to 22% for tax year 2021. It expires December 31, 2021. Learn more.

Federal tax credits are available for all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Learn more.

Also find state or local incentives.