Tap Rebates, Save on Energy Upgrades
Don’t put off energy-efficient home upgrades just because of seemingly high upfront costs. You can save by tapping into Federal, state, and local rebates and incentives. Search for rebates and incentives for energy efficiency or renewable system installations, like solar panels and HVAC, in the national Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency.
Look for Local Freebies & Rebates
Many local utility companies have created online questionnaires and calculators that help you identify potential savings from making energy efficient improvements to your home. Some utilities even offer credits to customers using smart thermostats or ENERGYSTAR® appliances.
Others even offer free removal of old refrigerators and rebate money when you opt for energy efficient models. And some provide free or low cost energy audits to determine the projects that would help you slash your energy consumption.
You may also find free or discounted products: light bulbs, programmable thermostats, shower heads, and sink aerators that can help cut costs even further. Other companies use discount pricing strategies (sometimes called hourly pricing, dynamic pricing, and real-time pricing) to help you save even more on equipment or installation costs. Check your local utility company’s website for available programs – and then bookmark that site. Many utility programs require you to opt-in for sustainable services.
Comfortable Savings Today, Selling Advantage Tomorrow
By investing in energy-efficient enhancements today, you can reap both short and long-term gains that include reducing your monthly utility bills, boosting home performance, improving your family’s health, and making your living space more comfortable. And since home buyers increasingly factor energy efficiency into their decision-making, these upgrades could provide a marketing edge when you sell your house.
Consider this: 60 percent of consumers are interested in a home’s sustainability, according to the 2019 REALTORS® and Sustainability Report by the National Association of REALTORS®.