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RESOURCES AND LINKS TO ENERGY AND COST SAVING PROGRAMS

LINKS

Saving Idea:  Open all your windows at night, then close them before the heat of the day sets in.
 

Atop TV Sets, a Power Drain That Runs Nonstop

LINK_HERE
 

 

Northwest Conservation District - A wonderful resource for everyone! 
http://conservect.org/Default.aspx?alias=conservect.org/energy

Jean Cronauer  of Northwest Conservation District with Sonja Osborn of the LETF.                                          

Compare Energy Generation Rates in Connecticut   http://www.ctenergyinfo.com/display_rates.htm Connecticut Conservation Education Guide http://www.conservationeducation.org/EnergyGuide/Your%20Energy%20Guide,%20Apr%202009.pdf
US Department of energy newsletter/Energy Efficiency and renewable Energy    www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm CL & P Small Business Advantage Program http://www.cl-p.com/Business/saveenergy/services/energyadvantage.aspx
The Department of Environmental Protection is very pleased to announce that Connecticut’s Electronics Waste Recycling Program has officially started!! municipal e-waste collection locations
 
White House Earth Day webpage  http://www.whitehouse.gov/earthday
SMALL BUSINESS ENERGY ADVANTAGE (SBEA) Power Point Connecticut Clean Energy Fund to promote clean energy sources    www.ctcleanenergy.com
 
Northeast Sustainable Energy Assn.  GREEN BUILDINGS OPEN HOUSE

http://www.nesea.org/openhouse/listings/

 

 
 Home Energy Solutions Program:
 
1.) $99 co-pay for all customers regardless of how their home is heated
2.) $99 co-pay MUST be collected by vendors – no exceptions
3.) The Kill a Watt meter will NO longer be a measure that the Fund will incent.
4.) Clothes Washer, Refrigerator, Freezer, Dehumidifier, Insulation, Natural Gas Hot Water Heaters, Window, Insulation and $1,000 Mini Split Ductless Heat Rebates are NOT eligible for Double Rebate
5.) Rebate structure:
    a.)    Oil heat customers are NOT eligible for Insulation, Window or Clothes Washer Rebates.  This does not
             represent a change this is continuation of program guidelines prior to the receipt ARRA funding.
    b.)    Insulation rebates for electric and gas heated homes are as follows:
                 i.)  Insulation installed by  license contractor - $.50/sqft and no more than 50% of the project cost
                 ii.) Insulation installed by customer - $.10/sqft and capped at 50% of the insulation costs. 
                 iii.)  Insulation rebates are NOT eligible for Double Rebate
    c.)    Central Air Conditioning Rebate for 2011 will be $250.00 (effective March 1, 2011) per unit and can be
           doubled to $500 ONLY if the current system is operational.  Doubling of the Central Air Rebate is NOT for
           new installs - retrofits only.  A special form will be provided which will be used to document the existing
           system.  Do not double any HVAC rebates until that new form becomes available.
    d.)    The Companies will be rolling out additional early retirement rebates for:
                        i.)   Gas furnaces and boilers
                 ii.)  Heat Pump Water Heaters  

 

SUMMARY OF FEDERAL TAX CREDITS FOR HOMEOWNERS

 See full list at energystar.gov/taxcredits

Product Category

Product Type

Tax Credit Specification

Tax Credit

Notes

Insulation

Insulation

Meets 2009 IECC & Amendments

30% of cost, up to $1,5002

For insulation to qualify, its primary purpose must be to insulate (example: insulated siding does not qualify).

Must be expected to last 5 years OR have a 2 year warranty

Adding insulation to your home is covered.

Windows & Doors

Exterior Windows and Skylights

*Important Change:

Before June 1, 2009:
Must meet ENERGY
STAR criteria

After June 1, 2009:
U factor <= 0.30

SHGC <= 0.30

30% of cost, up to $1,5002

Not all ENERGY STAR labeled windows and skylights qualify for tax credit.

More information

Storm Windows

Meets IECC1 in combination with the exterior window over which it is installed, for the applicable climate zone

30% of cost, up to $1,5002

View our FAQ on storm doors and storm windows.

Exterior Doors

*Important Change:

Before June 1, 2009:
Must meet ENERGY
STAR criteria

After June 1, 2009:
U factor <= 0.30

SHGC <= 0.30

30% of cost, up to $1,5002

Not all ENERGY STAR doors will qualify.

More information

Storm Doors

In combination with a wood door assigned a default U-factor by the IECC1, and does not exceed the default U-factor requirement assigned to such combination by the IECC

30% of cost, up to $1,5002

View our FAQ on storm doors and storm windows.

Roofing

Metal Roofs,
Asphalt Roofs

All ENERGY STAR qualified metal and reflective asphalt shingles

30% of cost, up to $1,5002

View our FAQ on roofs that qualify for the tax credit

HVAC

Central A/C

Split Systems:
EER >=13
SEER >= 16

Package systems:
EER >= 12
SEER >= 14

30% of cost, up to $1,5002

For a list of qualified products, read this FAQ.

Note — not all ENERGY STAR products will qualify for the tax credit. View ENERGY STAR criteria.

Air Source Heat Pumps

Split Systems:
HSPF >= 8.5
EER >= 12.5
SEER >= 15

Package systems:
HSPF >= 8
EER >= 12
SEER >= 14

30% of cost, up to $1,5002

Natural Gas or Propane Furnace

AFUE >= 95

30% of cost, up to $1,5002

For a partial list of qualifying products go to: Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)

Not all ENERGY STAR products will qualify for the tax credit. View ENERGY STAR criteria for furnaces, boilers.

Oil Furnace

AFUE >= 90

30% of cost, up to $1,5002

Gas, Propane, or Oil Hot Water Boiler

AFUE >= 90

30% of cost, up to $1,5002

Advanced Main Air Circulating Fan

No more than 2% of furnace total energy use. Read this FAQ if the fan qualifies, but the furnace does not.

30% of cost, up to $1,5002

 

Water Heaters

Gas, Oil, Propane Water Heater

Energy Factor >= 0.82
or a thermal efficiency of at least 90%.

30% of cost, up to $1,5002

All ENERGY STAR gas tankless water heaters will qualify.

There are currently no ENERGY STAR qualified gas storage tank or gas condensing water heaters that qualify.

View ENERGY STAR criteria for water heaters.

For a partial list of qualifying products go to: Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)

Electric Heat Pump Water Heater

Same criteria as ENERGY STAR: Energy Factor >= 2.0

30% of cost, up to $1,5002

All ENERGY STAR electric heat pump water heaters qualify for the tax credit.

Biomass Stove

Biomass Stove

Stove which burns biomass fuel5 to heat a home or heat water.

Thermal efficiency rating of at least 75% as measured using a lower heating value.

30% of cost, up to $1,5002

 

Geo-Thermal Heat Pump

Geo-Thermal Heat Pump

Same criteria as ENERGY STAR:

Closed Loop:
EER >= 14.1
COP >= 3.3

Open
Loop:
EER >= 16.2
COP >= 3.6

Direct Expansion:
EER >= 15
COP >= 3.5

30% of the cost

All ENERGY STAR geo-thermal heat pumps qualify for the tax credit.

Use IRS Form 5695

Must be “placed into service” before December 31, 2016.

Solar Energy Systems

Solar Water Heating

At least half of the energy generated by the “qualifying property” must come from the sun. Homeowners may only claim spending on the solar water heating system property, not the entire water heating system of the household.

The credit is not available for expenses for swimming pools or hot tubs.

The water must be used in the dwelling.

The system must be certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC).

30% of cost

All ENERGY STAR solar water heaters qualify for the tax credit.

Use IRS Form 5695

Must be placed in service before December 31, 2016.

Photovoltaic Systems

Photovoltaic systems must provide electricity for the residence, and must meet applicable fire and electrical code requirement.

30% of cost

Use IRS Form 5695

Must be placed in service before December 31, 2016.

Small Wind Energy Systems

Residential Small Wind Turbines

Has nameplate capacity of not more than 100 kilowatts.

30% of cost

Use IRS Form 5695

Must be placed in service before December 31, 2016.

Fuel Cells

Residential Fuel Cell and microturbine system

Efficiency of at least 30% and must have a capacity of at least 0.5 kW.

30% of the cost, up to $500 per .5 kW of power capacity

Use IRS Form 5695

Must be placed in service before December 31, 2016.

Cars

Hybrid gasoline-electric, diesel, battery-electric, alternative fuel, and fuel cell vehicles

 

Based on a formula determined by vehicle weight, technology, and fuel economy compared to base year models

There is a 60,000 vehicle limit per manufacturer before a phase-out period begins. Toyota and Honda have already been phased out. Credit is still available for Ford, GM and Nissan.

For more information visit: Fueleconomy.gov

Use IRS Form 8910 for hybrid vehicles purchased for personal use.

Use IRS Form 3800 for hybrid vehicles purchased for business purposes.

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles

 

$2,500–$7,500

The first 250,000 vehicles sold get the full tax credit (then it phases out like the hybrid vehicle tax credits).

Effective January 1, 2009.