Green Plumbing and Renewable Energy – Sustainable Living Measures At Home
Use the Sun’s energy to generate hot water in your home
Solar Water Heaters
Installing a Solar Water Heater can help you reduce energy use and move closer towards sustainable living. Solar Water Heaters use the sun’s energy to heat a fluid inside a solar collector that then heats the water inside your home’s hot water tank. A Solar Water Heater requires southern sky exposure in your yard or on your roof to capture sufficient sunlight.
The federal government offers a tax credit of up to 30 percent of the cost of qualifying energy-saving projects. Two tax credits called the Residential Energy Property Credit (REPC) and Residential Energy Efficiency Property Credit (REEPC) were introduced in The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and apply to energy-saving projects implemented between 2009 and 2016.
To qualify for the tax credit, half of your home’s water heating energy must come from the sun. The cost to purchase and install the system may be calculated in the total cost of the energy saving system, and homeowners may carry any unused portion of the qualifying tax credit to the next tax year. Obtain a Manufacturer Certification Statement from the equipment manufacturer to qualify for the credit and keep the certificate along with all receipts for the purchase and installation with your tax records.
At 1st Home and Commercial Services, we install energy saving systems to help customers save money. Learn more about green plumbing solutions and rainwater harvesting in the next installment of Plumbing Insights, brought to you by the experts at 1st Home and Commercial Services.