CharlestonWISE is offering complimentary Home Energy Consultations for qualified homeowners.
Please visit the How it Works page for complete details.
Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program:
SCE&G’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program helps you save money now and in the future with rebates of up to $2,500 on energy-saving home improvements that are right for your home. Click here for more information.
Natural Gas Rebates
Convert to Natural Gas and Earn Bill Credit Efficient
Natural gas appliances are more energy efficient, more cost-effective to operate, last longer and require less maintenance. Click here for more information.
Get Instant Discounts on Energy Efficient CFLs:
Get up to $1.75 off per bulb (limit 15) on select ENERGY STAR® qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Click here for more information and to find a participating retailer near you.
HomeAdvantage Loan Program
The program features a low (5%) interest rate on improvements up to $15,000 and will focus on making energy improvements to existing homes that have a reasonable return on the financial investment. The program is designed with the member’s needs in mind. Not only does it feature a low interest rate, the loan payment will be added to the electric bill for easy payment. Ideally, the program is designed so that energy savings should cover the cost of the loan. Click here for more information.
The H2O Advantage is a rebate program designed to help members purchase and install energy-efficient water heaters. The program allows you to qualify for money back on a new electric water heater. For more information, please click here.
Free Income-Qualified Weatherization provides weatherization services for City residents to fight high energy costs. These free programs for qualified residents work with you to improve the energy efficiency of your home in order to both save you money through lower energy use and also to make your home more comfortable. Click here to learn more.
South Carolina's Solar Tax Credits - Homeowners and businesses can receive federal and state income tax credits for the purchase and installation of solar water heating equipment, products that generate electricity from solar energy and other solar products.
You can save up to $500 on taxes if you made energy-efficient upgrades to your home in 2012, or plan to do so in 2013. These might include swapping out your old furnace with a new high-efficiency model, laying insulation in the attic, or putting in new windows. To collect, you'll need to file IRS form 5695 with your 2012 or 2013 taxes. Be sure to keep a copy of the Manufacturer's Certification Statement and any receipts or itemized bills.
Before you start gathering receipts, keep in mind that the $500 tax credit cap applies back to the beginning of the program so taxpayers who claimed the credit in previous years will not be eligible for more money this time around. On its website, the Internal Revenue Service says it will be providing updated guidance in the coming weeks so taxpayers can begin filing their 2012 returns.