Information Provided by the Department of Energy
Go Green Tips
The National Center for the Prevention of Home Improvement Fraud is committed to creating a healthy home environment. We have added a special section to our website where we will continue to add Green Tips (read more).
We have also included a variety of links and resources below to utilize as you complete your home improvement or home repair project.
- WEBSITE: Bob Vila’s Green Homes Special Series
The push to bring “green” strategies home is growing. But many homeowners wonder what making a project “green” involves, if it is affordable, if it is up to the hype and how it will affect their lifestyle. The Green Homes Special Series presented by Bob Vila on www.bobvila.com aims to answer all those questions and more.
- WEBSITE: GreenSpec® Directory
This online directory lists product descriptions for over 2,000 environmentally preferable products.
- WEBSITE: NCPHIF’s Collection of Green Tips
Approved Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Programs
- WEBSITE: Department of Energy
You can use the map or table shown on the Department of Energy’s Web site to find information on the appliance rebates available in your state or territory. DOE has approved the appliance rebate programs for the states and territories linked or listed on this page as of June 29, 2010. This list and map will be updated as additional program details are available. Note: This Web site is the only official DOE-sponsored Web site; be cautious of “fake” Web sites.
Energy-Efficient Mortgages and Financing Information
- WEBSITE: General Information from Energy Savers
- WEBSITE: Financing an Energy-Efficient Home
This fact sheet from the Department of Energy features an overview of energy-efficient financing programs from mortgages to home improvement loans.
- WEBSITE: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Energy-Efficient Mortgage Program
The Energy-Efficient Mortgage Program is one of many Federal Housing Authority programs that insure mortgage loans to encourage lenders to make mortgage credit available to borrowers, such as first-time homebuyers, who would not otherwise qualify for conventional loans on affordable terms.
- WEBSITE: Energy Ratings and Mortgages
Energy efficient homes may qualify for mortgages that take into account a home’s efficiency. Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) provides information on home energy rating systems, energy efficient mortgages, and finding certified energy raters and lenders who know how to process energy efficiency mortgages.
- WEBSITE: Refinancing for Energy-Efficiency Improvements
An overview of refinancing to make energy efficiency improvements, from the Alliance to Save Energy.
Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency
- WEBSITE: Energy Savers Tax Credits
If you purchase an energy-efficient product or renewable energy system for your home, you may be eligible for a federal tax credit. Here you will find an overview of the federal tax credits for energy efficiency.
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