Wearing one ugly Christmas sweater for a party can be fun, but if soaring energy costs have you
wearing all your sweaters at once to avoid raising your thermostat, it might be time to go
Fortunately, a new federal program is offering homeowners incentives to pay for home
energy improvements. Passed in August 2022, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) provides tax
credits and rebates to American consumers for eco-friendly upgrades and may help households
reduce their electricity costs by as much as $170 to $220 a year.
Here are four key IRA provisions that can help you pay to increase your home’s energy
For more information on how each program can benefit you, visit the White House's
website dedicated to clean energy.
Energy Efficient Home Improvement Tax Credit that will help you Go Green
Beginning in 2023, you can claim a tax credit of up to 30% of the costs of eligible energy
improvements to help you go green. The amount you can claim varies by the type of
improvement and is subject to cap of $1,200 per year, or $2,000 for electric heat pumps.
Because of the annual limits, it may make sense to spread out your improvements over multiple
years. For example, you could use the credit toward the purchase of an air conditioner one
year, and claim it again the next year to help pay for new windows and doors.
Types of improvements include:
• Home energy audits
• Energy-efficient exterior doors, windows, and skylights
• Certain types of central air conditioners, water heaters, furnaces, and appliances
• Heat pumps
• Electrical panel upgrades (in some cases)
Residential Clean Energy Tax Credit
Formerly known as the Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit, this provision allows a 30%
credit for the cost of installing certain systems that use solar, wind, geothermal, or biomass fuel
to produce electricity for your home. It can also be used for home battery packs. This
percentage drops to 26% in 2033 and expires after 2034.
Alternative Fuel Refueling Property Tax Credit
If you have an electric vehicle (EV), you can claim a credit of 30% of the cost to install
recharging equipment, with a limit of $1,000. And if you don’t have an EV, check out related tax
credits of up to $7,500 for a new EV and $4,000 for a used one, subject to income and vehicle
High-Efficiency Electric Home Rebates
Down the road, low-and middle-income Americans (defined as families earning less than 150%
of an area’s median income) will have access to another clean energy incentive in the form of
rebates on certain home improvements. Unlike federal income tax credits, these rebates will be
distributed out of $4.5 billion allocated to states, with each state establishing its own programs.
Availability (and amounts) of rebates will be determined by your state, and each qualifying
family is limited to $14,000 in total rebates.
Examples include rebates up to:
• $840 for qualifying models of appliances like stoves, cooktops, and heat pump clothes
• $1,600 for insulation, air sealing, and ventilation
• $1,750 for a heat pump water heater
• $2,500 for electric wiring and $4,000 for an electric panel upgrade (if needed to support
• $8,000 for a heat pump for home heating/cooling
And remember … in addition to these incentives and the savings on your utility bills, your city or
state may offer additional rebates or tax breaks for energy improvements. Add that up and you
have plenty of ways to save money while going green!
This article is for informational purposes only. Note that exceptions, limitations, and restrictions may apply to any of these
Consult your tax advisor for more information.
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