Incentives for Energy Efficiency


For those homeowners who are thinking about making energy efficient ac repair Florida or any other energy efficient upgrades to their home you could be rewarded by doing so.  There were two bills introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate in March, both of which will have an impact on the HVAC business if congress chooses to pass them.  The two bills outline incentives for homeowners to improve the energy performance of their homes.  In the House, the program that was introduced is called HOMES Act which stands for Home Owner Managing Energy Savings Act of 2012.  The HOMES Act is a performance-based rebate program.  The amount of the rebate is based on the amount of energy savings.  Rebates start at $2,000 for a 20% improvement on energy savings and up to $8,000 for a 50% savings.   The second act that was introduced to congress was to the Senate and it is called RESPA.  RESPA stands for the Rural Energy Savings Program Act. 
 This act allows the U.S. Department ofAgriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service to loan money to the rural electric cooperatives to then loan out to homeowners for energy-efficiency upgrades to their homes.  If homeowners choose to participate they would repay the low-interest loan through their energy bills.  The HOMES Act is considered to improve the Home Star from a couple years ago.  One difference between the two that benefits contractors is that the rebate is paid directly to the homeowner instead of requiring the funds to be paid to the contractor.  RESPA would require a certified third-party do the initial energy survey and then verify the energy saving upgrades.  It will be the USDA that would come up with the guidelines and qualifications of who can perform the survey and follow up evaluation.   

 For any ac repair Palm Coast or questions with energy efficiently and upgrades please give us a call at Accutemp Heating and Air 386-246-7745.  Make sure to check out the solar eclipse at 5:30 PDT on Sunday May 20th .  Although you would need to be further west then Florida to see the “Ring of Fire” effect you can still see a partial eclipse.