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 2016 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 2016 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

Appalachian Power Bring Your Own Thermostat (BYOT) Program

Provider: Appalachian Power

Savings: Qualifying customers who enroll in the Bring Your Own Thermostat (BYOT) Program will receive a one-time enrollment incentive of $50 and a check for up to $25 at the end of each summer season ($5 per month for each month enrolled from May to September). Enrolling allows Appalachian Power to make brief changes to your central air-conditioner setting by a few degrees on a limited number of peak demand periods (usually the hotter days during the summer).

Qualifications: To qualify for the BYOT Program, you must be a residential Appalachian Power customer, have an approved smart thermostat, a Wi-Fi network compatible with your smart thermostat, and a working central air conditioning unit controlled by your smart thermostat.

How to get it: You can enroll by calling 1-888-261-4567 or by clicking the link above online.

Charlottesville Gas Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate

Provider: Charlottesville Gas

Savings: Charlottesville Gas offers a $100 programmable thermostat and $200 tankless water heater 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 Tankless Water Heater or Programmable Thermostat rebate forms, 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: These incentives are currently available and expire on June 30, 2019.

Columbia Gas of Virginia ENERGY STAR® Smart Thermostat

Provider: Columbia Gas of Virginia

Savings: Qualifying customers will receive a rebate of $50 when they purchase an ENERGY STAR® Smart Thermostat. Click here for a list of qualifying thermostats.

Qualifications: All efficiency measures must have been purchased and installed on or after January 1, 2019. To qualify, customers must use natural gas to heat their home.

How to get it: Click here to learn more or call 1-877-623-5065 or contact Rebecca Glidden at 804-751-8165 to determine eligibility.

When to get it: This program 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. All efficiency measures must have been purchased and installed on or after January 1, 2019. To qualify, customers must use natural gas to heat their home.

How to get it: For more information, call 1-877-623-5065 or contact Rebecca Glidden at 804-751-8165.

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. All efficiency measures must have been purchased and installed on or after January 1, 2019. To qualify, customers must use natural gas to heat their home.

How to get it: For more information, call 1-877-623-5065 or contact Rebecca Glidden at 804-751-8165.

When to get it: This incentive is currently available.

Dominion Energy Virginia Smart Cooling Rewards

Provider: Dominion Energy Virginia

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. During periods of high electrical use between June 1 and September 30, Dominion may cycle your home’s cooling system on and off at defined intervals. Your fan will stay on, circulating already cooled air.

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.

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”.

Northern Neck Electric Cooperative Air Conditioning Switch Program

Provider: Northern Neck Electric Cooperative

Savings: NNEC has a qualified HVAC technician from Utility Partners of America (UPA) install load management switches on members’ central A/C units. During the load control period, the A/C compressor will generally operate 50% to 60% of the time it normally runs. Participation is voluntary and free, and you will receive a one-time $25 credit on your electric bill after the switch has been installed for an entire cooling season.

Qualifications: Must be an NNEC customer.

How to get it: You can call UPA at 888-521-2595 for more information or sign up on-line.

When to get it: This program is currently available.

Northern Neck Electric Cooperative Water Heater Switch Program

Provider: Northern Neck Electric Cooperative

Savings: NNEC will install load management switches on members’ water heaters, which automatically switches them off during peak periods in order to reduce wholesale power costs. Members participating in the load management program receive FREE maintenance on the electrical components of your water heater as long as the switch is connected.

Qualifications: Must be an NNEC customer.

How to get it: You can call NNEC’s Customer Service Representatives at 804-333-3621 or 800-243-2860 weekdays from 8:00AM to 5:00PM. In addition, you can email Customer Service at CustomerServiceEmail@nnec.coop.

When to get it: This program is currently available.

Northern Neck Electric Cooperative WiFi Thermostat Program

Provider: Northern Neck Electric Cooperative

Savings: By signing up for NNEC’s WiFi Thermostat program, you will receive a free Lux/Geo WI-FI Thermostat that will increase your home’s temperature by 4 degrees during peak demand times. The smart thermostat will put your home in energy saving mode when no one is there, reducing costs on your next energy bill. Residential members with multiple air-conditioners are eligible for multiple free thermostats.

Qualifications: Must be an NNEC customer. You must also have a WiFi network, a central Air-Conditioner and/or an air source heat pump, and own your home. Also, the WiFi thermostat must be installed in NNEC’s service territory.

How to get it: Check out their page for more information on how to sign up for the program.

When to get it: This program is currently available.

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Smart Response AC Switch Program

Provider: Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC)

Savings: Join Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s Smart Response AC Switch program and you will receive a one-time credit of $25 on your REC electric bill! The $25 credit is provided upon active participation in the program through the end of the cooling season in which you enrolled. In addition, participants will receive a $6 credit on their electric bill each month from June through September, as long they are members in the program.

Qualifications: To qualify for the Smart Response AC Switch program you need to be a REC customer and fill out the form at the link below with the amount of A/C units you have and other applicable information requested. No fees are charged, as participation is voluntary and free.

How to get it: You can call 800-552-3904 or fill out an online form located 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, 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: Starting January 1, 2016, energy efficient rebates will be available on purchases of qualifying heating and air conditioning equipment and tune–ups. If you purchased qualifying equipment on or after January 1, 2016 you are eligible for the rebates. For more information: click here.

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.

Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative Load Management Program

Provider: Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative

Savings: Over time, you will notice changes to monthly electric bill due to the load management switch and other cooperative members choosing to save. You will also receive a free water heater blanket with installation, which can further reduce energy consumption and your electric bill. In addition, a free water heater inspection will also be completed.

Qualifications: Must be an SVEC member. The water heater must also be 240 volt electric, with a capacity of 40 gallons or larger.

How to get it: Fill out the rebate form located here.

When to get it: This program is currently available.

Southside Electric Cooperative A/C Switch Program

Provider: Southside Electric Cooperative

Savings: Signing up for SEC’s A/C Switch program is voluntary and free, and you’ll keep energy costs down.  By participating, you’ll also receive a one-time bill credit in the amount of $25 mailed to your home address after your first year on the program.

Qualifications: Must be an SEC customer.

How to get it: For more information, call 888-314-7649 or visit ACProgram.coop.

When to get it: This program is currently available.

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, 2016.

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.

Professional Energy Audit/Assessment Assistance

Appalachian Power eScore™ Program

Provider: Appalachian Power

Savings: The eScore™ program is designed to give you an easy pathway to an energy efficient home. An eScore™ Energy Advisor will visit your home to perform an energy assessment at no cost to identify and score key areas of your home based on a 0-10 energy efficiency scale. A score of 10 means you’ve reached max efficiency! Scores are combined into a report (your eScore™) and if needed, upgrade recommendations are incorporated to increase your home’s energy efficiency until a max score of 10 is received. Homeowners are then able to work toward a score of 10 at their own pace, earning rebates on qualified energy efficiency upgrades and re-engaging with the program as many times as needed to achieve their home’s best possible energy performance.

Qualifications: The eScore™ program is available to all single-family homeowners in Virginia served by Appalachian Power that live in one of the following: owner occupied, single-family residential detached home customers, including mobile homes and duplexes, or single-family non-owner occupied residential detached homes where the electrical service is in the occupant’s name and with a signed agreement to participate from the owner. Town homes, apartments, and commercial customers are not eligible. Homes that are not all electric can receive an
assessment, but they do not qualify for a rebate if additional measures are installed. Check out the eScore™ FAQ if you have additional questions regarding the program.

How to get it: To learn more and schedule your eScore™ Home Assessment, visit the online eScore™ portal or call 1-888-261-4567.

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 to help reduce their energy bills and improve their homes’ comfort. Appalachian Power provides funding for this program to help supplement the state and federal income qualified weatherization programs.

Qualifications: To qualify for the Virginia Weatherization Assistance Program, a household must have a total annual household income at or below 60 percent of the state median income. To determine what sources of income are used to document eligibility and to apply for assistance, contact a local weatherization provider in your county of residence.

How to get it: Appalachian Power does not offer this program directly; it is managed by the Virginia local weatherization providers. When a customer applies for weatherization through a local provider agency, they are also applying for this program.

Please locate your local weatherization provider by clicking here.

 

Appalachian Power Residential Peak Reduction Program

Provider: Appalachian Power

Savings: The Residential Peak Reduction Program provides $40 in bill credits when citizens enroll in the program.  Enrollees will receive an $8 monthly bill credit for each central cooling unit controlled during the billing months of May through September.

Qualifications: To qualify you must be an active Appalachian Power customer in Virginia, your home must have central air condition in good working condition, and must own your home or have the property owner’s permission to participate.

How to get it: Enroll by phone by calling 1-888-261-4567, or enroll online through the link above.

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 Sheila Switzer at (540) 864-5121, extension 121.

When to get it: This program is currently available.

Dominion Energy Virginia EnergyShare

Provider: Dominion Energy Virginia

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 local agencies.

When to get it: This program is currently available.

Dominion Energy Virginia Income and Age-Qualifying Home Improvement Program

Provider: Dominion Energy Virginia

Savings: Qualifying customers will receive a site visit, free of charge, 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 60+. The program is available to those single-family homes, multifamily homes, and mobile homes.

How to get it: Click here to learn more or call 1-888-366-8280 to determine eligibility.

When to get it: This program is currently available.

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative Home Energy Audit

Provider: Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative

Savings: MEC offers a free energy audit conducted by an 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 energy management expert.

Qualifications: Applicants must be REC customers.

How to get it: To schedule an energy audit, call 800-851-3275. An REC customer services professional will refer your request to the energy management expert, who will schedule a time 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.