Energy Saving Incentives
Home envelope eligible measures include:Insulation and Sealing:
Added insulation to walls, ceilings, or other parts of the building envelope and sealing ducts and cracks in the building shell to reduce infiltration and heat loss, as specified in the 2009 IECC model energy code.
Replacement Windows, Skylights, and External Doors:
Eligible replacement windows and doors must be equal to or below a 0.30 U Factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient. Some storm windows and doors are also eligible.
Window films are eligible for the tax credit if the manufacturer certifies that the specific window film satisfies the requirements of a "qualifying insulation system."
ENERGY STAR-rated pigmented metal roofs and asphalt roofs with cooling granules.
What Do I Need to Do to Qualify for the Incentives?Under the IRS rules, manufacturers need to certify that specific products are eligible. Homeowners should obtain a copy of this certification from the manufacturer, installer, or retailer when buying these products. To apply for these incentives, taxpayers should use the IRS Residential Energy Efficient Property Form 5695, available on the TIAP home page. For more information on criteria, specifications, and other details, visit the TIAP Web site at
Eligible home heating & cooling equipment includes:
Furnaces and Boilers:
High-efficiency gas and propane furnaces that meet an Annual Fuel Use Efficiency (AFUE) of 95 or higher and gas, oil, or propane boilers and oil furnaces that meet an AFUE of 90 or higher.
Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps:
Central air conditioning units must meet the highest tier standards set by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) as of January 1, 2009, which for most systems is a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 16.
Ground Source or Geothermal Heat Pumps:
Taxpayers who install geothermal heat pump property for residential use are eligible for an incentive. Qualified geothermal heat pump property refers to any equipment that uses the ground or ground water as a thermal energy source to heat the taxpayer's residence, or as a thermal energy sink to cool the residence. The unit must must meet the requirements of the ENERGY STAR program that were in effect when the heat pump was purchased.
Stoves must have a thermal efficiency of at least 75%, and be used to heat a dwelling unit or water for use in the same. The law defines biomass fuel as anything from agricultural crops, trees, wood wastes, and residues to pellets, plants, grasses, and fibers.
High-efficiency fans for heating and cooling systems that use no more than 2% of total heating system energy use, as defined by DOE test procedure.
Gas or propane water heaters that meet an Energy Factor (EF) of at least 0.82, or a thermal efficiency of at least 90%, and electric heat pump water heaters that meet an EF of at least 2.0.