If you live or work in the United States, you have just a few days left to file your federal and local tax returns. Are you getting everything you deserve for trying to help the environment and keep your utility bills down? There are tax credits and financial incentives that could make a big difference in your return, maybe even result in getting a refund.

Financial Assistance For Energy Efficient Homes


The folks at RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network) have put together a handy infographic (below) to summarize some of your options if you own a home. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes funding for tax credits, grants, and rebates such as the Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit and the Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit. Energy mortgages are available to help you purchase energy-efficient homes or upgrade your current home. Several states have financial incentives, such as rebate and loan programs.

The RESNET website features energy-saving tips and information about energy ratings and assessments, or energy audits. If you’re thinking about upgrading or replacing insulation or turning your house into a “smart home,” RESNET can even help you find a qualified contractor.