Buying a home is no doubt a significant financial investment. But did you know that there are also financial incentives to be gained from homeownership? Tax benefits, stable housing payments, and the opportunity to build personal wealth are just a few. Additionally, first-time homebuyers may also get to enjoy energy incentives from certain home improvements. Here’s everything you need to know.
What Are Energy Incentives?
Energy incentives are monetary financial perks enjoyed by homeowners who invest in green technology. Usually, they are provided by utility companies, local governments, or state agencies and are delivered in the form of tax credits, rebates, or loans.
Examples of energy-efficient improvements include solar panels, new windows, insulation, energy-efficient appliances, solar water heaters, and more. Of course, whether or not improvements will qualify for a rebate depends on the requirements of your local government or utility provider.
What Are the Best Energy Efficient Upgrades?
Tax credit or not, energy-efficient upgrades are a smart investment for first-time homebuyers. Not only will you save money on utility costs, but you’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing you’re doing your part to protect the environment.
That being said, there are lots of ways you can improve your home’s energy efficiency. Here are just a few:
- Upgrade your insulation or add new insulation.
- Install a smart thermostat.
- Invest in solar panels.
- Upgrade to energy-efficient windows.
- Upgrade your appliances to energy-efficient ones.
- Install energy efficient or solar water heater.
- Upgrade your HVAC system.
- Install energy-efficient doors.
- Replace your roof.
- Replace your siding.
- Install ceiling fans.
- Invest in window or door weatherstripping.
- Install energy-efficient light fixtures and timers.
- Change your landscaping.
- Add a fireplace insert.
How Do I Know if Certain Improvements Will Qualify for Rebates?
The only way to know for sure if improvements will qualify for a rebate is to go directly to the source. Call and ask your utility company what kinds of upgrades qualify and how much they will reimburse you. Research energy-efficient grants and rebates that may be offered by your county or state. You can also visit the IRS website to see if you can qualify for the residential energy-efficient property credit.
Contact Us for More First-Time Homebuyer Advice
If you’re looking for more first-time homebuyer advice or have questions about a specific matter, please do not hesitate to contact our office. While we, ourselves, are not energy efficiency experts, we will do our best to assist you and point you in the right direction. Call now to get in touch!