Energy Efficiency Programs and Tax Credits
Programs and Tax Credits are available for helping Louisiana residents increase the energy efficiency of their homes and businesses.
Entergy is committed to helping customers manage their energy costs. Many customers and employees may be searching for ways to make their homes more energy efficient This list describes Louisiana programs and federal tax credits to help people improve the energy efficiency of their homes and businesses.
Federal Tax Credits:
Energy Star Web site: www.energystar.gov/taxcredits
State Tax Credits:
Solar Tax Credits: http://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program/detail/2636
Home Energy Loan Program (HELP): http://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program/detail/1206
When you buy a new appliance, look for the ENERGY STAR label that will save money in energy use over time. ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. Energy efficient choices can save families about a third on their energy bill with similar savings of greenhouse gas emissions, without sacrificing features, style or comfort. For more information please visit www.ENERGYSTAR.gov.
Louisiana Home Energy Loan Program
Under this program, homeowners can get reduced interest home improvement loans to make energy-related improvements to their existing homes. DNR will finance half of the improvements at two percent interest, up to a maximum of $6,000 on the DNR portion.
To participate in the HELP program, homeowners must use a lending institution participating in the program. For a list of participating lenders call the HELP hotline at 1-800-836-9589.
There are two ways homeowners can qualify for HELP low-interest home improvement loans. They can have an energy rating conducted on their home or they can choose from a list of pre-approved improvements. Information on how to apply and a list of pre-approved items is available at this Web site: http://dnr.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=40&pnid=103&nid=105.
Louisiana Home Energy Rebate Option program
The Louisiana Home Energy Rebate Option (HERO) offers an actual cash payment for Louisiana residents who build or improve homes to high levels of energy efficiency. The amount of the cash payment depends on the level of energy savings and the amount spent. The cash payment can be up to a maximum of $3,000. The energy savings is determined by a home energy rating that is required on all homes participating in the program. The cost of the energy rating depends on the size and complexity of the house.
Applications for HERO are made by contacting a Louisiana Home Energy Rater, who are listed on the DNR HERO Web site. Information and step-by-step instructions are also available on this site: http://dnr.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=334.
Builder and Commercial Resources
The LA House is a research-based showcase for home construction sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and many partners, including Entergy. It educates homeowners and contractors about building homes with more comfort, durability and health while using less energy, resources and damage from natural hazards. The LA House is a great resource for technical solutions to building better, including hurricane protection building techniques. More information is available at www.LouisianaHouse.org.