Federal Income Tax Credits and Incentives for Energy Efficiency

Information updated 12/30/2022

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 provides federal tax credits and deductions that empower Americans to make homes and buildings more energy-efficient to help reduce energy costs while reducing demand as we transition to cleaner energy sources.

Savings for Homeowners

New federal income tax credits are available through 2032 providing up to $3,200 annually to lower the cost of energy efficient home upgrades by up to 30 percent. Improvements such as installing heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, insulation, doors and windows, as well as electrical panel upgrades, home energy audits and more, are covered by the tax credits and can help families save money on their monthly energy bills for years to come. 

In addition to the energy efficiency credits, homeowners can also take advantage of the modified and extended Residential Clean Energy credit, which provides a 30 percent income tax credit for clean energy equipment, such as rooftop solar, wind energy, geothermal heat pumps and battery storage through 2032, stepping down to 22 percent for 2033 and 2034. 

Savings for Home Builders

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 updates and extends the Section 45L New Energy Efficient Home Credit (§ 45L credit). For homes and apartments (referred to as dwelling units in § 45L) acquired on or after January 1, 2023, the tax credit for home builders is specifically tied to certification to an eligible version of the relevant ENERGY STAR program requirements for single-family, manufactured, and multifamily homes, and the tax credit has been extended through 2032.

Savings for Commercial Building Owners

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 extends and expands the energy efficient commercial buildings deduction that was made permanent under Section 179D in 2021. Buildings that increase their energy efficiency by at least 25 percent will be able to claim this deduction, with bonuses for higher efficiency improvements.

*Disclaimer: The tax credit information contained within this website is provided for informational purposes only. It is not intended to substitute for expert advice from a professional tax/financial planner or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

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Energy efficiency tax credits for improvements made in 2022

The federal tax credits for energy efficiency were extended as part of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. So, if you made any qualifying home improvements to your primary residence after December 31, 2021, you may be eligible to claim them on your taxes when you file for 2022.

ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade

The ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade is a set of six high-impact, energy efficiency improvements for your home, designed to work together to deliver significant energy and cost savings. These upgrades can help you transition from fossil fuels for a cleaner, healthier and more comfortable home.

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