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.

Click here for the most up-to-date information on Virginia energy incentives, from the Virginia Department of Mines Minerals and Energy

Please note that federal tax incentives paid through credits on your annual federal tax filings will require using the Internal Revenue Service’s 2014 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 2014 tax filings.

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

Appliances & Equipment Rebates

Columbia Gas of Virginia WarmWise High-Efficiency 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 greater than or equal to 90%. Available to customers in 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 Smart Thermostat Rebate

Provider: Columbia Gas of Virginia

Savings: Receive a $50 rebate per unit.

Qualifications: Residents must purchase and install a Smart Thermostat from the pre-approved list.

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

When to get it: This incentive is currently available.

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

Dominion Virginia Power Residential Appliance Recycling Program

Provider: Dominion Virginia Power Residential Appliance Recycling Program

Savings: Did you know that old refrigerator in your garage could be adding more than $100 to your annual energy bill? Through its new Residential Appliance Recycling Program, Dominion Virginia Power is making it easy for customers to recycle their old refrigerators and freezers. Dominion will pick up and recycle appliances at no cost and customers will receive a $50 incentive for participating.

Qualifications: To qualify for Dominion's appliance recycling program, refrigerators and freezers must range from 10 to 32 cubic feet in capacity, be at least 10 years of age and be operational and empty at the time of pickup.

How to get it: Residential customers in Virginia can enroll online at www.dom.com/appliancerecycling or call 1-844-685-7462. Dominion's contractor, JACO Environmental, will call the customer to schedule a pickup date and time. Following the pickup, the $50 check will be mailed to the customer. Customers are eligible to recycle two qualifying appliances per account over the life of the program.

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.

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, ENERGY STAR room air conditioner, ENERGY STAR windows, high-efficiency central air conditioners, high efficiency air-source heat pumps, HVAC system tune-ups, high-efficiency electric water heaters, electric heat pump water heaters and attic, wall, floor and crawlspace insulation.

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 15, 2014 is eligible for a rebate through June 30, 2015. For more information: click here.

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: Applications are accepted June 15 through August 15.

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 May 31, 2015.

Columbia Gas of Virginia WarmWise Attic Insulation Rebates

Provider: Columbia Gas of Virginia

Savings: Single family residents receive $.15 per square foot for attic insulation up to $225. Multi family residents receive $.13 per square foot up to $125.

Qualifications: Residents must have a current insulation rating of R-0 to R-19. Final insulation level must be R-38 or higher.

How to get it: Contact  Columbia Gas to qualify.

When to get it: This incentive is currently available.

Columbia Gas of Virginia Warmwise Floor Insulation Rebates

Provider: Columbia Gas of Virginia

Savings: Receive $.40 per square foot for floor insulation up to $450.

Qualifications: Residents must add an additional R-19 or higher of insulation.

How to get it: Contact  Columbia Gas to qualify.

When to get it: This incentive is currently available.

Columbia Gas of Virginia Warmwise High-Efficiency Windows, Doors and Skylights Rebate

Provider: Columbia Gas of Virginia

Savings: Receive $1.00 per square foot for each replaced window, door and skylight.

Qualifications: Upgrade to high efficiency windows, doors or skylights, consistent with ENERGY STAR® specifications for the North-Central climate zone.

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

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.

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 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 Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program - Charlottesville

Provider: Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP)

Savings: Homeowners are eligible for up to $5,000 in energy efficiency upgrades.

How to get it: Income-qualified homeowners in City of Charlottesville are eligible on a first come, first served basis.  

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

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.

Professional Energy Audit/Assessment Assistance

Appalachian Power Low Income Weatherization Program

Provider: Appalachian Power

Savings: Appalachian Power's Low Income Weatherization Program provides weatherization products and services to residential customers in need of help reducing home energy bills and improving comfort. Appalachian Power provides funding for this program to supplement state and federal income-qualified weatherization programs. 

Qualifications: Customers must first qualify under the statewide Weatherization Assistance Program which requires an annual total household income at or less than 60 percent of the Virginia median income. 

How to get it: Appalachian customers can locate their local weatherization provider by visiting here.

Appalachian Power Residential Peak Reduction Program

Provider: Appalachian Power

Savings: The Residential Peak Reduction Program provides qualifying households a unique opportunity to save money and assist energy reliability for all Appalachian Power customers. By participating, a customer will help reduce stress on the electric grid when demand is at its highest. A device will be installed near the outside central air conditioning unit. During a limited number of peak demand periods, Appalachian Power will activate this device to adjust the air conditioner’s compressor to run at 50 percent cycling. Participating customers will receive an $8 monthly bill credit for each central cooling unit controlled during the billing months of May through September each year of program participation.

How to get it: Customers can find more information and enroll by visiting AppalachianPower.com/save or calling 1-855-522-8216.

Appalachian Power Pilot Low-Income Energy Efficiency Programs

Provider: Appalachian Power
Details: There are three separate programs: 

1) Homeless military veterans receiving support from the Virginia Housing Development for Veterans through the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program and Total Action for Progress will be eligible for energy assistance funding from Appalachian. These veterans can receive an “energy voucher” that will be used to establish an account with the company and/or make payments on an electric bill.  The program will be evaluated based on the number of veterans served during the pilot and the effectiveness in helping end homelessness.
2) Energy efficiency education will pinpoint customers who receive assistance paying their electric bill and mail them information regarding measures they can take to save energy and reduce bills.  The mailing will provide information regarding programs offered to assist commonwealth customers with energy conservation including those offered by Appalachian and by agencies in the area.  The educational mailing will include an offer for a free energy conservation kit that includes compact fluorescent light bulbs, high efficiency aerators, and LED night lights.
3) A multi-family residential pilot project will weatherize and improve the energy efficiency of a selected apartment building.  The project will be studied to determine the energy savings achieved and an evaluation of tenant savings and impact on bill payments.  The weatherization may include air sealing of the dwelling and duct work and improvements to the heating and cooling system.  Energy efficiency measures include lighting upgrades, high efficiency faucet aerators, water heater upgrades and auto-off power strips. The evaluation includes a report of the costs of each component of the upgrade and expected savings, the actual energy usage for each unit before and after the upgrade, and the unit’s payment record before and after the upgrade.

Columbia Gas of Virginia WarmWise Residential Age and Income Qualifying Program

Provider: Columbia Gas of Virginia

Savings: Qualifying customers will receive a site visit that includes the direct installation of energy-saving measures.

Qualifications: Income qualifying customers must meet DHCD weatherization assistance eligibility requirements. Age qualifying customers must be age 65+.

How to get it: Click here to learn more or call 1-888-229-3714 to determine eligibility.

When to get it: This program is currently available.

Craig-Botetourt Electric Home Energy Audit

Provider: Craig-Botetourt Electric Cooperative

Savings: CBEC offers a free walk-through energy audit service conducted by Cooperative personnel.

Qualifications: Applicants must be CBEC member and/or owner.

How to get it: For more information or to schedule an audit, contact (540) 864-5121, extension 121.

When to get it: This program is currently available.

Dominion Virginia Power EnergyShare

Provider: Dominion Virginia Power

Savings: In addition to energy assistance, EnergyShare offers free weatherization services and educational outreach to help qualifying customers reduce energy usage and lower their bills by making lasting energy-saving improvements.

Qualifications: EnergyShare provides energy assistance to low-income and elderly residents, individuals with disabilities and military veterans facing financial challenges.

How to get it: Call 2-1-1 for a referral to your local EnergyShare agency or view a list of EnergyShare agencies near you.

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.

LEAP Home Performance with ENERGY STAR 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: Income-qualified 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

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative Home Energy Audit

Provider: Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative

Savings: MEC offers a free energy audit conducted by a MEC energy advisor.

Qualifications: Must be an MEC customer.

How to get it: Call (800) 989-4161 for more information or contact your local district office.

When to get it: This program is currently available.

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.

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.

Home Efficiency Improvement Assistance

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 whose residence has primary natural gas heating.

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

When to get it: This program is currently available.

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