Home Energy Saver, a web-based do-it-yourself energy audit tool for your home. Based on a description of the home provided by the user, this tool calculates energy use and savings opportunities.
LED Holiday Lighting: Cut your holiday electricity use with LED holiday lights instead of incandescent lights. LEDS lights may cost more, but they last longer, use less energy, and are less likely to break.
Hire a Professional Auditor
The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) has compiled a list of building auditors from multiple sources who do business in Virginia. This list is not exhaustive and will be updated from time-to-time. Please note: DEQ and DMME do not endorse any company; therefore, due diligence should be used in making your contractor choices. This list can be viewed at: Energy Auditors - .
Energy Efficiency Resources
Download the updated version of the Virginia Energy Savers Handbook.
Residential energy conservation tips from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.
EPA's EnergyStar is government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.
Energy Efficiency Incentives
Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEM)
Potential Recipients: Homeowners refinancing and soon-to-be homeowners
Energy efficiency can save you money in the long run, but what about when you need the money up front? If you’re looking to retrofit or upgrade your home in energy-efficient ways, such as installing dual pane windows, an efficient heating and cooling system, or solar technology to reduce your energy costs, you may be eligible for an Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM). For current homeowners, an EEM can be obtained while refinancing your current mortgage and used to make your home more energy efficient. For those still looking for that perfect home, EEM’s can be used to increase your purchasing power. Make sure to ask your mortgage broker about all your options.
Virginia Energy Efficiency Rebate Program The program is closed.
Federal Income Tax Credit for Home Improvements
Potential Applicants: Homeowners who placed in service qualified energy saving home improvements between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2016.
Home improvement tax credits are available for insulation, replacement windows, water heaters, certain high efficiency heating and cooling equipment, and biomass stoves. The maximum total amount that can be claimed for all products placed in service in 2011 for most home improvements is 10% of cost up to $500 EXCEPT for geothermal heat pumps, solar water heaters, solar panels, fuel cells, and small wind energy systems that are not subject to this cap, and are in effect through 2016. If you are building a new home, you can qualify for the tax credit for geothermal heat pumps, photovoltaics, solar water heaters, small wind energy systems and fuel cells, but not the tax credits for windows, doors, insulation, roofs, HVAC, or non-solar water heaters. Geothermal heat pumps, small wind turbines, and solar energy system may be eligible for a tax credit of 30% of the cost until December 31, 2016. Fuel cells may be eligible of a tax credit of 30% of the cost, up to $500 per 0.5 kW of power capacity until December 31, 2016.