The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy launched the Energy Star program in 1992. Since then, more than 60 product categories have been added, from dishwashers to windows and DVD players. According to the program, Energy Star-rated products deliver the same or better performance as comparable models while using less energy and saving money.
The Energy Star website maintains a list of products that have earned the Energy Star label. In addition, the website contains information on improving energy efficiency for new and existing residential, commercial and industrial structures. Two helpful sections recommended by First Electric’s marketing representatives include:
Federal tax credits for a number of residential energy efficiency improvements are back in play through December 31, 2021. These are for existing homes and must be a principal residence. New construction & rentals do NOT apply.
Air Source Heat Pumps - $300
Heat Pump Water Heaters - $300
Insulation - 10% of the cost, up to $500
Roofs - 10% of cost, up to $500
Windows, Doors, Skylights - 10% of cost, up to $500 (windows are capped at $200)
For more information, go to - Federal Equipment Tax Credits for Primary Residences