Energy Efficiency and Rebates

2009 Federal Tax Credit

The $787 billion stimulus includes a 30% credit for the first $5,000 you spend on upgrading your home's energy-efficiency which includes insulation materials for your attic. That's a $1,500 credit--unlike a less valuable deduction, it reduces your tax bill dollar for dollar. You can even use the $1,500 credit to reduce any alternative minimum tax you owe.The new credit is much more generous than the old home improvement credit, which was in effect for 2006 and 2007 but lapsed for 2008. The old one gave you only a 10% payback, and the maximum credit you could claim was $500 over your lifetime.


What do I need to do to get the tax credit?
We make it easy. You will need to file IRS Form 5695 with your taxes and we will supply the rest of the documentation and proof that you will need to verify that you purchased eligible improvements.


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Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEM)

An Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) is a federally recognized mortgage that makes it more affordable to buy energy-efficient homes or to make existing homes more energy efficient.

Because of the lower cost of running an energy-efficient home, an EEM enables you to obtain a larger mortgage. Lower utility bills allow people to allocate a larger portion of their monthly income toward their mortgage payment.

Buying a home.
An Energy Efficient Mortgage can be used to purchase a new home (either existing or new construction). Essentially, the EEM credits the energy savings of a home into the home loan. This allows the buyer to purchase a more expensive home than s/he may have qualified for otherwise. The lower energy costs usually translate into the buyer qualifying for 2 percent more debt than before, granting the borrowing a greater debt-to-income ratio than before.

Improving an existing home.
Another option for an Energy Efficient Mortgage is to make energy-saving improvements to your existing home. By refinancing to an Energy Efficient Mortgage, you can include cost-saving upgrades into the loan. The mortgage payment may go up somewhat, but after the upgrades the utility payments should go down even more, therefore making more money available to the buyer for the mortgage.

How to get an Energy Efficient Mortgage.
In order to obtain an Energy Efficient Mortgage, the first step is to have a Home Energy Rating Systems report (HERS) done. This step is mandatory. A HERS report tells you the energy efficiency of a home. In a HERS evaluation, several factors are examined:
The home's insulation.
The efficiency of the appliances.
The types of windows
The local climate.
The utility rates.

A trained Energy Rater conducts the HERS report which includes the home's overall rating, recommended upgrades, the improved rating score after upgrades, and the estimated total energy used before and after upgrades. The lender then uses the report to make decisions about the mortgage for which you qualify.

The Energy Efficient Mortgage can be a very good option. But first, you must calculate your energy savings and compare it to any increase in mortgage. If your energy savings are much greater than the difference of your higher mortgage, then an Energy Efficient Mortgage may be an option you want to consider further. Like conventional mortgages, EEMs are available through many different lenders. Be sure to comparison shop and find the best deal you can.

Click here to learn more about how to get a Hers Energy Rating.
Click here to learn more about Energy Efficient Mortgages.

Idaho Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
Personal Deduction
Insulation Income Tax Deduction
Residential Alternative Energy Tax Deduction
Production Incentive
Northwest Solar Cooperative - Green Tag Purchase
Property Tax Exemption
Property Tax Exemption for Wind and Geothermal Energy Producers
Sales Tax Refund
Renewable Energy Equipment Sales Tax Refund
State Bond Program
Renewable Energy Project Bond Program
State Loan Program
Low-Interest Energy Loan Programs
Utility Rebate Program
Idaho Power - Building Efficiency for Commercial Construction Rebate Program
Idaho Power - Commercial Custom Efficiency Rebate Program
Idaho Power - Easy Upgrades for Simple Retrofits Rebate Program
Idaho Power - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

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