How the new climate law could help you save money

February 2, 2024 | 3 min read

Have you heard that the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) includes help for climate-friendly choices at home? If so, you may wonder which tax credits, rebates, and discounts you can qualify for. This new climate law has many incentives for homeowners and property owners, but the specifics can be a challenge to navigate.

Which types of home energy projects are included in the IRA?

The IRA offers tax credits and rebates to consumers who buy clean vehicles and appliances or take other steps to reduce their carbon footprint. The incentives in the IRA will put non-fossil fuel alternatives within reach of more people. The savings for eligible clean energy projects will depend on energy reduction and household income level.

The law offers financial incentives for:

Incentives can come in the form of tax credits, rebates, or discounts at the time of purchase. Some incentives are available now, and others will become available in the future.  

Here are some of the Federal tax credits you can use in 2023:

  • Adding insulation: 30% of the cost through 2032.
  • Energy-efficient windows, and doors: 30% of the cost up to $500-$600.
  • Heat pumps and heat pump water heaters: the current tax credit (30% up to $2,000) is available for the 2023-2032 tax years.
  • Electric vehicle chargers: the IRA extends the EV charger tax credit (30% up to $1,000) through 2032.
  • NEW! Electric panel or circuit upgrades for new electric equipment: 30% of the cost up to $600.
  • NEW! Home energy audits: 30% of the cost up to $150.

Find a list of all the clean energy tax credits for consumers. 

Incentive Calculator: Find out what you qualify for

Rewiring America has released an online calculator that tells you which incentives you qualify for. The calculator points to the home and vehicle discounts, rebates, and tax credits that will be available through the IRA. 

Visit the Rewiring America IRA Calculator

The White House also launched a “Clean Energy for All” website to guide rebates and tax credits offered by the new law. 

Why should Vermonters make these investments?

Now that the Inflation Reduction Act is law, will it transform your home? Vermont’s climate goals in the Vermont Climate Action Plan reflect many of the same priorities as these clean energy provisions in the IRA.  

Need more convincing? In addition to lowering your energy costs:

  • weatherization projects make your home more comfortable and resilient.
  • going electric will cut your carbon footprint (the three biggest contributors to your emissions are your car, home heating, and water heating).
  • heat pumps heating systems, heat pump water heaters, and heat pump clothes dryers continue to benefit the environment into the future as the grid becomes cleaner.
  • some consumers qualify for more than $14,000 in financial incentives.

Efficiency Vermont rebates and these federal incentives will help Vermonters of all income levels gain access to clean energy.

Learn more about current rebates available in Vermont.