Federal and State Incentives

The National Trust for Historic Preservation

Incentives for Weatherization of Historic Homes

Increasing your home's energy efficiency does not have to break the bank. There are a variety of federal- and state-level options available to the owners of older and historic homes and buildings who are looking for financial incentives to undertake larger weatherization and/or rehabilitation projects.
www.preservationnation.org/issues/weatherization/incentives.html

DSIRE: Database for State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency

State and Federal Incentives

DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Established in 1995 and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the N.C. Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.
www.dsireusa.org/

South Carolina Energy Office (SCEO)

State Tax Credits for Historic preservation

South Carolina Energy Office (SCEO) serves as a central clearinghouse for information related to energy use and energy efficiency in South Carolina, along with federal and state energy tax incentives.

South Carolina has 10% credit for commercial properties eligible for the federal rehabilitation tax credit; 25% for other eligible properties. Minimum investment for non-commercial properties: $15,000. All credits must be taken in 5 equal annual installments. No statewide or per-project dollar caps. Pass-through entities (other than "S" corporations) may transfer credit by means of disproportionate allocation. Credits for owner-occupied residences limited to one per structure each 10 years. Pre-approval required.
http://www.state.sc.us/scdah/hpfinancialinc.htm

Weatherization Assistance Program

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The Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program was created in 1976. To date, more than 5.8 million homes have benefited from the program. An additional one million homes are expected to receive assistance thanks to over $5 billion in stimulus funding. As part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program, each state is now administering over $5 billion in stimulus funds for this program, which was created in 1976 in response to the nation's first energy emergency. More than 5.8 million homes have benefited from the program since it first began. An additional one million homes are expected to receive weatherization assistance through the recent economic stimulus funding.

Eligibility: About 38 million households are currently eligible for weatherization services. Any household at or below 200% of poverty, per the modified statue, is considered low-income. About 15 million of all eligible households are good candidates for weatherization. Priority service is given to the elderly, people with disabilities, and families with children.

What You Can Do: Check out the U.S. Department of Energy's fact sheet and website for more information and instructions on how to apply for funding in your state and community.
www1.eere.energy.gov/wip/wap.html

Homeowner's Tax Credit for Energy Efficiency

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The economic stimulus package reinstituted and expanded tax credits for energy efficient home improvements – a program that previously expired in 2007. This is an increase in the credit over the one that was available in 2006 and 2007. The current program is available for 2009 and 2010.

Eligibility: The program provides a tax credit for 30% of the cost of eligible energy-efficient activities, up to a cap of $1,500. Only improvements to your primary residence qualify for the program. Geothermal heat pumps, solar water heaters, solar panels, and small wind energy systems are not subject to this cap, and are in effect through 2016. Install

Question: Do storm windows/doors qualify for the tax credit? Yes. Despite some confusion and misleading information, storm windows/doors do qualify for the tax credit. This chart from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Energy Star clearly lists them as eligible products.
www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index#c1

What You Can Do: Visit the U.S. Department of Energy for an outline of eligible expenses. 2011 Federal Tax Credits Consumer Energy Efficiency
www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index

The National Trust for Historic Preservation :

Perfect Storm Website

For more information on the stimulus funding as well as and constantly-expanding case studies.
www.preservationnation.org/resources/public-policy/perfect-storm/

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants

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With 3.2 billion in economic stimulus funding, this program is assisting local governments in implementing energy efficiency and conservation strategies.

Eligibility: Over 2,300 state, local, and tribal governments are eligible for direct formula grants from the Department of Energy. Competitive grants are also available under the program. Governments ineligible for direct formula grants from the Department of Energy are still eligible for these competitive funds, as well as funds from their state's energy office.

What You Can Do: Check out the U.S. Department of Energy's fact sheet for more information. To find contact information for your state's energy office and to learn more about programs that might offer assistance in your community, visit the National Association of State Energy Officials.

U.S. Department of Energy's Fact Sheet
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/wip/eecbg.html

The National Association of State Energy Officials
http://www.naseo.org/