Homeowner Guide to Green Incentives and Resources

Did you know the cost of green improvements to your home can be significantly offset through federal, state, local, and utility credits and incentives?

Sources for Tax Credits and Incentives

Home Improvements
Tax Incentives Assistance Project (TIAP)

State and Local
The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)
US Department of Energy – Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by State and Local Government 
National Association of State Energy Officials – Funding Opportunities and Resources

Programs and Incentives Information from the Edison Electric Institute
FPL Renewable Energy

Did you know there are various national programs that certify green homes and require third party verification for green systems and construction?

National Certifications and Guidelines
Energy Efficiency – from ENERGY STAR
National Green Building Program – from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
Green Home Certification and Education Programs – from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
LEED Rating Systems – USGBC’s guide to green home remodeling

Other Home Guidelines and Resources
Air Quality at Home – from EPA’s Indoor airPLUS Program
Energy Star’s Appliance Rebate Locator (by zip code)
Water and Energy Efficiency – from EPA’s Water Program
Waste Reduction at Home – from EPA’s Waste Program Find Recycling Centers for Various Home Items – from Earth 911

Home Energy Audits The first step towards an energy-efficient home is to conduct an energy audit to find out where your home is losing energy. They range around $500 depending on the size of your home. An audit performed by a Certified Rater can include a blower door test to depressurize your home to look for air leaks, infrared scan of walls and ceilings, a low E detector for windows, and a survey of your lighting and appliances. A report is generated with recommendations. Verification of improvements developed from the report can be a major selling point. Remember to check with your local utility to see if they offer free or discounted energy audits for their customers.
More information on Home Energy Audits – from Energy Star
Find a Certified Rater – from RESNET
Do It Yourself Home Energy Audits – from Energy.gov ________________________________________________________________________________________

As an NAR Green Designee I have advanced training in seeking out, understanding, and marketing homes with green features. I can help you separate fact from fiction and make informed decisions regarding green real estate. Feel free to contact me with any questions about greening your life and home.