Residential Energy Saving Incentives

The information below provides details on federal, state and utility company incentives available to Virginia residents to help offset purchase and installation costs of energy efficiency upgrades and equipment. The federal incentives listed can also help you reduce your federal income taxes.

Please note that federal tax incentives paid through credits on your annual federal tax filings will require using the Internal Revenue Service’s 2013 forms when available. Click on the links below to expand details about each incentive.

Renewable Energy Rebates

Renewable Energy Tax Credit

Provider: Federal Internal Revenue Service

Savings: 30% tax credit for qualified expenditures with no upper limit; however, the tax credit for fuel cells is limited to $500 per .5 kW of power capacity. The tax credit can be obtained in addition to the residential energy efficiency tax credit.

Qualifications: Qualified expenditures for systems placed within taxpayer’s residence, such as solar water heat, photovoltaics, wind, fuel cells, geothermal heat pumps, other solar electric technologies.

How to get it: Submit Form 5695 with your 2013 tax filings.

When to get it: Current incentive will be available for equipment or systems placed into service until December 31, 2016.

Appliances and Energy Efficiency Equipment

Charlottesville Gas Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate

Provider: Charlottesville Gas

Savings: Charlottesville Gas offers a $100 rebate.

Qualifications: Charlottesville Gas offers rebates and utility bill credits to residential customers for purchasing and installing specified energy efficient equipment including energy efficient natural gas water heaters and programmable thermostats. Only customers who previously did not have natural gas water heating are eligible for the natural gas water heating rebate. Programmable thermostats must be new and energy-saver models. Only residences that receive natural gas from Charlottesville Gas are eligible for these rebates. Some installation requirements also apply.

How to get it: Residents should print and return the Rebate Form, or call (434) 970-3812 to request a form. Residents can also pick up a certificate at the Utility Billing counter in City Hall.

When to get it: This incentive is currently available. For more information: click here

Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit

Provider: Danville Utilities

Savings: Rebates range from $25-$500.

Qualifications: Home$ave rebate is available to all Danville Utilities residential electric customers. Danville Utilities customers must purchase and install qualified energy efficient products, including: ENERGY STAR refrigerators, ENERGY STAR clothes washers, high-efficiency central air conditioners, room air conditioner, high efficiency air-source heat pumps, HVAC system tune-ups, attic insulation, high-efficiency electric water heaters, electric heat pump water heaters.

How to get it: Danville Utilities customers must purchase and install qualified energy efficient products and complete the Home$ave Residential Energy Efficiency Program rebate application.

When to get it: Only equipment purchased on or before July 14, 2013 is eligible for a rebate through October 6, 2013. For more information: click here.

Washington Gas Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Program Rebates

Provider: Washington Gas

Savings: Rebates range from $30 - $200.

Qualifications: The rebate is available to all Virginian Washington Gas customers. All equipment purchase must be installed by a licensed contractor.

Qualifying equipment includes: Programmable thermostat and natural gas furnace (90% AFUE or greater only).

How to get it: Rebate applications are available online. Complete and mail your rebate application, along with required backup materials during the program period.

When to get it: Application must be submitted by April 30, 2014.

Audits and Home Efficiency Improvements

Dominion Virginia Power Heat Pump Tune-Up

Provider: Dominion Virginia Power

Savings: Residents will receive a one-time rebate of $90 per unit tune-up.

Qualifications: Residents must contact a participating contractor for a general inspection and efficiency improvements.

How to get it: Upon completion of the tune-up, the contractor will complete the contractor portion of the rebate form.  Mail or fax your completed rebate form along with a copy of the receipt.

When to get it: This incentive is currently available.

Dominion Virginia Power Heat Pump Upgrade

Provider: Dominion Virginia Power

Savings: Residents will receive a one-time rebate of up to $250 per unit upgrade.

Qualifications: Residents must contact a participating contractor to replace existing heat pump with a new, more energy efficient model.

How to get it: Upon completion of the upgrade, the contractor will complete the contractor portion of the rebate form.  Mail or fax your completed rebate form along with a copy of the receipt.

When to get it: This incentive is currently available.

Dominion Virginia Power Free Home Energy Audit for Income-Qualified Customers

Provider: Dominion Virginia Power

Savings: A free in-home energy audit and improvement program for income-qualified customers. You will also save money on your bill once recommended improvements are made.

Qualifications: Applicant must have a household income at or below 60% of the State Median Income.

How to get it: For more information, contact Dominion 1-888-366-8280.

When to get it: This program is currently available.

Dominion Virginia Power Home Energy Check Up

Provider: Dominion Virginia Power

Savings: The average one-time incentive is approximately $230, based on the number of energy saving measures installed during the visit. Recommended measures may include: compact florescent light bulbs, efficient faucet aerators and showerheads, replacement air filters for air conditioners, door weather-stripping and smart outlet strips.

Qualifications: The rebate is available to Dominion Virginia Power residents living in single-family residences or townhomes that are at least five years old. Customers must be responsible for the electric bill and either own the home or be able to secure permission from the owner to perform the repairs or improvements recommended. One audit per location.

How to get it: Schedule a 2-3 hour walkthrough of your home with a participating contractor and install suggested energy efficiency measures based on recommendations from your personalized home energy report. Your contractor will ask you for your information in order to complete the electronic rebate application. You will receive a confirmation email the day your rebate information is received.Visit here for more information.

When to get it: This program is currently available.

Dominion Virginia Power Residential Duct Testing and Sealing

Provider: Dominion Virginia Power

Savings: Residents will receive a one-time rebate of $125 per unit for completed procedures.

Qualifications: Residents must contact a participating contractor for a diagnostic test, efficiency improvements and pressurization test.

How to get it: The contractor will complete the electronic rebate application and you will receive a confirmation email when rebate information is received.

When to get it: This incentive is currently available.

Dominion Virginia Power Smart Cooling Rewards for Smart Switch Installation

Provider: Dominion Virginia Power

Savings: You will receive a $40 check for allowing Dominion to install a device known as a smart switch on or near the outside unit of your air conditioning system and for participating in the program. The $40 will be paid every year after the summer season.

Qualifications: Your home must have a working central air conditioning system and your air conditioner or heat pump must be on or near the ground floor. At this time, participation is available in select areas.

How to get it: Homeowners in eligible areas should log on to Manage Your Account or call Dominion at 1-888-366-8280 to see if they qualify.

When to get it: To receive payment, a customer must be participating in the program on September 30, of a given summer season. Payments will be mailed by November 30 for the participation in the preceding summer season (June - September).

LEAP Home Energy Improvement Rebate - Central Virginia

Provider: Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP)

Savings: Rebates are available to up to $1000, depending on cost of job.

Qualifications: Homeowners must set up an online Home Energy Profile and enroll in LEAP's Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. Homeowners must also use a LEAP Participating Contractor who is BPI Building Analyst Certified to do the Home Performance Assessment.

How to get it: Have your LEAP Participating Contractor send LEAP a copy of your signed retrofit work contract.

When to get it: This incentive is currently available.

Local Energy Alliance Program Rebate - Alexandria

Provider: Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP)

Savings: Homeowners are eligible to receive a $250 cash rebate for the full energy audit on their home.

How to get it: The first 60 low-income homeowners are eligible for this rebate if improvements are made to the home that increase the home's energy efficiency by 20% or more.

When to get it: This rebate is available while funds last. For more information, contact LEAP at info@leap-va.org

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

Provider: Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

Savings: REC offers an energy audit conducted by a trained and certified professional.

Qualifications: Applicants must be REC customers.

How to get it: To schedule an energy audit, call 800-552-3904 or e-mail energyexpert@myrec.coop. An REC member service professional will refer your request to the appropriate district office representative, who will schedule a time for an REC energy expert to visit you.

When to get it: This program is currently available.

Roanoke City Real Estate Tax Credit

Provider: City of Roanoke

Savings: Roanoke offers a 10% real estate tax credit over five years for any homes that achieve a 30% increase in energy efficiency over Virginia's Uniform Statewide Building Code standards.

Qualifications: Any home in the City of Roanoke is eligible for the credit. The 30% increase in efficiency over building standards must be certified by a professional not related to the applicant.

How to get it: Residents should fill out this form and follow the steps outlined on the City's website.

When to get it: This incentive is currently available.

Hanover County Cooling Assistance Program

Provider: Virginia CommonHelp

Savings: Receive assistance for electrical cooling bill costs and equipment purchases and repairs.

Qualifications: Eligible households must have or be in need of cooling equipment purchases or repairs.  Household must include elderly and/or disabled person or child under 6 years of age. For more information on eligibility requirements visit here.

How to get it: Residents should complete this form. For more information, visit here.

When to get it: Application must be submitted by August 15.

Weatherization Assistance Program

Provider: Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development; Virginia weatherization providers

Savings: The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) enables low-income families to permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. Funds are used to improve the energy performance of dwellings of needy families using the most advanced technologies and testing protocols available in the housing industry.

Qualifications: Households qualify based on income. Visit the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development site for income requirements.

How to get it: Residents should call the local weatherization provider in your area and let them know that you are interested in applying for assistance under the weatherization program. The weatherization provider will schedule an appointment to conduct a home energy assessment to identify the best energy-saving measures.

When to get it: This incentive is currently available.

Columbia Gas of Virginia WarmWise Attic & Floor Insulation Rebates

Provider: Columbia Gas of Virginia

Savings: Receive $.30 per square foot for attic and floor insulation.

Qualifications: Residents must use a participating contractor to upgrade insulation with increments of R-19 or higher.

How to get it: Contact a preferred contractor and Columbia Gas to qualify.

When to get it: This incentive is currently available.

Columbia Gas of Virginia WarmWise Duct Sealing & Insulation Rebate

Provider: Columbia Gas of Virginia

Savings: Receive up to $450 for duct insulation and sealing.

Qualifications: Residents must use a participating contractor to upgrade insulation with increments of R-6 or higher.

How to get it: Complete the rebate application or contact Columbia’s rebate processing center at 877-623-5065.

When to get it: This incentive is currently available.

Columbia Gas of Virginia WarmWise ENERGY STAR® Gas Furnace Rebate

Provider: Columbia Gas of Virginia

Savings: Receive a $300 rebate per unit.

Qualifications: Residents must purchase a natural gas furnace with an AFUE of more than or equal to 90%. Available to customers in new and existing homes.

How to get it: For more information, contact Columbia Gas.

When to get it: This incentive is currently available.

Columbia Gas of Virginia WarmWise High-Efficiency Window Rebate

Provider: Columbia Gas of Virginia

Savings: Receive $1.00 per square foot for each replaced window.

Qualifications: Upgrade to ENERGY STAR® high efficiency windows with a U-factor of 0.32 or less and the SHGC less than or equal to 0.40.

How to get it: For more information, contact Columbia Gas.

When to get it: This incentive is currently available.

Columbia Gas of Virginia WarmWise Home Savings Evaluation

Provider: Columbia Gas of Virginia

Savings: Free online WarmWise Home Savings Evaluation (online energy audit) provides a personalized report about ways to save money and reduce energy usage based on the age and size of your home; your heating and cooling systems; and your appliances. In addition, just for taking the Home Savings Evaluation Columbia Gas of Virginia will send you a free energy-efficiency kit to help you start saving.

Qualifications: Must be a residential customer of Columbia Gas of Virginia.

How to get it: Click here to complete your evaluation.

When to get it: This program is currently available.


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