Grants for Air Conditioning

We all seek comfortable living conditions and towards this end, we equip our homes with air conditioning to cool it during the warm summer months, and install heating source to keep our homes soothingly warm during the long, cold winter season. But we all know that these modern conveniences use a lot of energy and thus cost a lot to operate. While it may be considered a luxury in some countries around the world, we have come to use them as necessary and normal part of our everyday lives in this country. It’s just not easy to live comfortably in a home without adequate air conditioning or heating but we do need to look for energy efficient and inexpensive ways of cooling or heating our homes. There are organizations conducting research and experiments to invent such ways but they need money to continue. In the meantime, there are also families in poor neighborhoods in need of assistance to install air conditioning units in their homes. To help those in need, the government and some concerned organizations are providing grants for air conditioning and heating that can be availed of by those who really need them.

Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit Program

These grants may come in different form other than direct financial assistance. Residential households can take advantage of personal tax credit through the Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit program. You can use this tax credits towards the purchase of central air conditioners as well as water-heating equipment that use energy efficient or renewable energy source technologies. Maximum incentive you can avail of is $500. As an owner of an existing home, you may receive 10% tax credit of the total cost when you upgrade the efficiency of your home’s envelope. This tax credit can be applied towards the cost of insulation system and materials that reduce heat loss or gain; exterior windows and doors; and pigmented metal roofs that reduce heat gain. You may also be eligible for specific amount of tax credit for certain cooling, heating, and water-heating equipment. You may contact the following for more information:

Public Information – IRS
U.S. Internal Revenue Service
1111 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20224
Telephone: (800) 829-1040
Website: http://www.irs.gov

California Energy Commission Energy Efficiency Funding Program

The California Energy Commission has an Energy Efficiency Funding program that provides fixed low interest loans for those who want to install energy saving and efficiency projects such as heating, lighting, air conditioning and ventilating systems. Local government agencies in California can apply for up to $2 million to fund each of their energy efficiency projects. More information is available here:

California Energy Commission
Nonresidential Buildings Office
1516 Ninth Street, MS #42
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512
Telephone: (916) 654-4147
Website: http://www.energy.ca.gov/contracts/efficiency_pon.html

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