Cash Rebates and Incentives for Upgrading Your Home with Energy Efficient Windows
A number of money-saving energy rebates and incentives, including loans, are available for qualifying homeowners to help them upgrade their homes with energy efficient windows. They may be offered by your state, your local energy supply company that administers the program, or a partnership between the two.
Many of the programs fall under The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) passed in 2009, which included a five billion dollar investment in the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). The Weatherization Assistance Program is the largest residential energy conservation program in the nation. The WAP funds are used to improve the energy efficiency of low‐income dwellings, using the most advanced technologies and testing protocols available in the housing industry.
When you upgrade or replace your home windows with energy efficient windows you can
- Save money on energy bills: Energy efficient windows can save you hundreds of dollars in heating and cooling costs each year.
- Make your home more comfortable year-round: Energy efficient windows help you maintain a more consistent internal temperature in your home and protect you from weather extremes.
- Increase your home’s value: Upgraded windows add significantly to the value of your home and are one of the most popular home improvement upgrades.
- Do your part to save our planet’s resources: More efficient windows mean you use fewer energy resources to heat and cool your home, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
To learn about the specific rebates and incentives available in your home state, please scroll down to your state (at the end of this article) and click for details.
Qualified technicians are available in your area to help you upgrade your windows and save you money.
Some of this information can be pretty technical. Here are a few helpful terms to keep in mind.
- ENERGY STAR qualified windows: The ENERGY STAR label designates windows that meet certain energy performance criteria. Replacing old windows with ENERGY STAR qualified windows can lower your household energy bills by 7-15 percent. Lower energy consumption also reduces greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and shrinks your home’s carbon footprint. The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed the ENERGY STAR designation for products meeting certain energy performance criteria.
- Solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC): SHGC indicates the fraction of solar radiation admitted through a window or skylight. It’s expressed as a number between 0 and 1. The lower a window’s solar heat gain coefficient, the less solar heat it transmits, and the greater its shading ability. SHGC can be expressed in terms of the glass alone or can refer to the entire window assembly.
- U-Value: Also called U-factor, U-Value is a measure of the rate of non-solar heat loss or gain through a material or assembly. The lower the U-factor, the greater a window’s resistance to heat flow and the better its insulating value.
- R-Value: A measure of the resistance to heat flow. A high R-value window has greater resistance to heat flow and a higher insulating value than one with a low R-value.
Learn about the energy rebates and incentives available in your home state. Click on your state for details.