Financing & Incentives

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Making the decision to “go green” doesn’t necessarily mean that all the “green” has to come from your wallet. Often people worry about up-front costs of energy efficiency upgrades. This is the perfect way to spread the savings and the rewards while enjoying the upgrades right away. Eko Smart Solutions can help you find incentives, a bank, or a broker to finance your plans.
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General information

Before you get retrofitted work done, make sure that you will maximize your incentives and qualify for rebates. Incentives and rebates are based on where you live and which utility company transports your energy. Federal, State, and local governments, as well as utility companies, have rebate programs available to help you finance a home energy audit and subsequent upgrades. For a complete list of available rebates, loans, and tax credits visit the Database of State for Renewables and Efficiency (www.dsire.org). Please note that Eko Smart Solutions will research and file your incentives and rebates for you if you decide any type of retrofit at no additional charge.

Federal incentives

Energy Star is a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. Energy Star has an excellent summary of Federal tax Credits and the forms needed to take advantage of those programs. The federal government offers varying tax credits for the purchase of energy efficient appliances and upgrades where you can save 10% on energy efficiency installations up to $500 with certain restrictions. At Eko Smart Solutions, our auditors will evaluate your appliances and infrastructure and let you know where you can get the best rate of return if you are looking to make an upgrade that qualifies for these tax credits. The Data of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) tracks energy efficiency and renewable energy incentives at the federal, state, local and utility levels around the country. Please visit www.dsire.org to determine whether these incentives apply to you.
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Virginia state information

You may be eligible to receive $3,500 to slash your utility bills with the following programs:

Washington Gas is offering rebates for water heaters, programmable thermostats, and heating system check-ups. Rebates quantities are limited. Visit www.washingtongasliving.com/RebateProgram.xml for more information.

Dominion Virginia Power has a variety of programs. Visit their website for more information: www.dom.com/dominion-virginia-power/customer-service/energy-conservation


Maryland state information

Incentives are continuing in 2016, this includes Home Energy Audits starting at $100 (normally $400, Maryland utilities are providing a $300 subsidy) and 50% cash rebates up to $2,000 per household for air sealing and insulation improvements. Additionally, FEDERAL TAX CREDITS that expired in 2011 were reestablished for 2012 and 2013 as part of the fiscal cliff legislation.

Eko Smart Solutions will research and file your rebates for you at no additional charge.  
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DC Sustainable energy utility

DC information

The District of Columbia has created a “Sustainable Energy Utility” (DCSEU) to help energy efficiency solutions to District residents. Homeowners with single-family homes or townhouses within the city boundaries are eligible for incentives to include $150 for air sealing and $300 for insulation and direct installs: CFL light bulbs (up to 20), water pipe insulation, water heater blankets and aerators for kitchen and bathroom faucets financed through the District of Columbia Department of the Environment (DDOE). Go to http://ddoe.dc.gov/service/free-home-energy-audit-application to register.

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