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 STEP 5 - Access Incentives

 

​Some home energy improvements will only require your time. Others may require a financial investment. 

If you decide to spend money on home energy efficiency improvements, be sure they are cost-effective. In other words, they will pay for themselves over time in lower energy bills. Local, State, Federal and utility rebates and incentives may be available to help pay for some home energy improvements. Before you begin your project, check into sources for rebates, incentives and tax credits.

  •  Florida Power and Light Company
  •  People's Gas
  •  Federal Tax Credits
  •  Low Income Assistance Program
Florida Power and Light Company Rebates
FPL is an important resource in helping you save energy. Rebate amounts and availability change. Be sure to check the FPL website for specifics regarding rebates and incentives.
Reflective Roofing Material Rebate
Incentive: $325
Project requirements:
  • Materials must be installed by a Participating Independent Contractor.
  • Reflective roofing materials must comply with ENERGY STAR® Standards or the Cool Roof Rating Council's standards.
  • Materials must qualify. These include light-colored cement, ceramic tile or metal roofs.
  • FPL estimates the annual energy savings would be approximately $200.
Request a duct test to see if you are losing cooling through leaky and disconnected ductwork. An FPL representative comes to your home and tests your duct system.
  • Pay just $30 for the first central air conditioning system inspected and $15 for each additional air handler if your home is a single-family detached home.
  • Receive a detailed repair report along with a list of Participating Independent Contractors qualified to make required repairs.
There is no duct test fee for multi-family, single-family attached homes, manufactured and mobiles homes.
 
If repairs are needed, FPL also provides incentives to cover repair costs.
  • Up to $154 per central A/C system for single-family detached homes
  • Up to $60 for multi-family, single-family attached homes, manufactured, and mobile homes
Insulation Rebates
Incentive: Up to $300
An FPL Energy Expert can measure your home's insulation levels and determine if you're eligible for a rebate, and if so, what that amount will be. You can redeem your FPL incentive through any Participating Independent Contractor. Call FPL at 1-800-DIAL-FPL (1-800-342-5375) to request a visit from an FPL Energy Expert.
 
Rebates range from $125 to $2100 depending on the size and efficiency of the unit.
 
Project requirements:
  • Purchase and install a complete high-efficiency A/C system. This includes both indoor and outdoor A/C units.
  • Purchase a new A/C system that has a minimum SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) of 14.
  • Purchase your A/C system through a Participating Independent Contractor.
 
On-Call Savings Program
On-bill credits: Up to $137 a year
Program requirements:
  • Allow FPL to cycle off select equipment for brief periods of time and receive a monthly credit on your bill.
  • FPL installs an energy management device to remotely control your equipment on 3-4 occasions, typically.
  • Program is usually activated in early to late afternoons during the summer.
People's Gas
People's Gas provides energy conservation incentives for their customers for water heating, cooking, clothes dryers and heaters and space heaters. Information on these incentives is at:
 
 
 
Federal Tax Credits
Federal Tax Credits are available on the purchase and installation of many energy efficient products. To obtain a Federal Tax Credit, you will need to file IRS Form 5695 with your taxes (for the year it was installed).
 
You will claim the Residential Energy Tax Credit from your Form 5695 on Line 52 of your 1040 Tax Form. Save your manufacturer's receipts for your records. 
 
Renewable Energy Installations Tax Credit:
30% of cost with no upper limit
Expires:  December 31, 2016
Eligibility:  Existing homes and new construction qualify. Both principal residences and second homes qualify. Rentals do not qualify.
 
Small Wind Turbine - 30% of cost
 
Solar Energy Systems - 30% of cost
  • Solar Water Heaters
  • Solar Panels (Photovoltaic Systems)
Fuel Cell Tax Credit: 
30% of the cost up to $500 per .5 kW of power capacity
Expires:  Dec. 31, 2016
Eligibility:  Existing homes and new construction qualify. Must be your principal residence. Rentals and second homes do not qualify.
 
Residential Fuel Cell and Micro turbine System - 30% of cost up to $500 per .5 kW of power capacity
Low Income Assistance Programs
Weatherization Assistance Program
Provides free energy audit and retrofits valued up to $5,000 to low income residents (less than 200 percent of poverty level). Funds are limited. For more information, contact the Manatee Community Action Agency at 941-827-8227 ext.7807
 
 
Office of Housing and Community Development Rehabilitation Program 
The Office of Housing and Community Development currently offers an owner occupied rehabilitation program for low-income residents within Sarasota County, the city of Sarasota and the city of North Port. The maximum assistance provided is $60,000 in the form of a 0 percent interest loan that is deferred as long as the home is owner occupied.
 
The rehabilitation program is an ideal way to improve the energy efficiency of your home for long-term energy savings. While not limited to only energy improvements, OHCD can work with Sarasota residents and their selected contractors to ensure that rehabilitated homes include ENERGY STAR® windows and vent and ceiling fans, use recycled and efficient insulation, and that all toilets, showerheads and bathroom faucets will minimize water usage. All of these retrofits can lead to significantly reduced energy and natural resource use within homes. For more information, call OHCD at 941-951-3640 or visit:
 
 
This program received funding from the US Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. 

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