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Did you know the cost of green improvements to your home can be significantly offset through federal, state, local, and utility credits and incentives? Here is a homeowner guide to green incentives and resources for Central PA – Lancaster County and surrounding areas.
Sources for Tax Credits and Incentives
Improvements / Purchases made in 2009 will be claimed on your 2009 taxes (filed by April 15, 2010) — use IRS Tax Form 5695 (2009 version) — it will be available late 2009 or early 2010.
Did you know special financing and funding is available for green home purchase and improvements?
Financing and Funding for Green Homes and Improvements
Did you know there are various national programs that certify green homes and require third party verification for green systems and construction?
National Certifications and Guidelines
Other Home Guidelines and Resources
Agents – add local certification info or other helpful link here
Home Energy Audits
The first step towards an energy-efficient home is to conduct an energy audit to find out where your home is losing energy. They range around $500 depending on the size of your home. An audit performed by a Certified Rater can include a blower door test to depressurize your home to look for air leaks, infrared scan of walls and ceilings, a low E detector for windows, and a survey of your lighting and appliances. A report is generated with recommendations. Verification of improvements developed from the report can be a major selling point. Remember to check with your local utility to see if they offer free or discounted energy audits for their customers.