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Reduce the amount of non-renewable energy your home uses

Use Solar Power. In Tucson, the sun is our greatest renewable energy resource. The technology has advanced to make solar power systems more efficient and affordable for homeowners. Visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website for information about how solar electric systems,solar hot water heaters, and solar swimming pool heaters work.

In addition, there are many local, state, and federal incentives available to help offset the costs of installing solar panels:

City of Tucson Solar Fee Credit Incentive

The Solar Fee Credit Incentive will credit (or waive) a portion or all permit fees on a new building or when retrofitting existing buildings with a qualifying solar energy system. The program will credit the amount paid by an applicant for a building permit up to a maximum of $1,000 for the installation of a qualifying solar energy system or the actual amount of the permit fee, whichever is less. Impact Fee’s and Plan Check Fee’s will remain the same. 

Tucson Electric Power (TEP) SunShare Rebate Program

Through this program, you can receive a rebate on the solar energy you are producing, up to 800 kW DC per year.

Arizona Residential Solar Tax Credit Guidelines and Procedures

The state of Arizona offers a solar tax credit for 25% of the cost of an approved solar device or system. The maximum allowable credit is $1,000 to be carried forward up to five years: it is deducted directly from state taxes owed.

Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency

One stop informational hub for federal tax credits and IRS forms available for: solar energy systems, home improvements, cars, and fuel cells.

Financing an Energy Efficient Home

There are two types of energy-efficient mortgages (EEMs): one for a new home and one for an existing home. With an EEM, you can purchase or refinance a home that is already energy efficient, or you can purchase or refinance a home that will become energy efficient after energy-saving improvements are made. Most energy-efficient financing programs offer both types of EEMs, as well as home-improvement loans for making energy-efficiency upgrades to your existing home. 

HUD Energy Efficient Mortgage Program

The Energy Efficient Mortgages Program (EEM) helps homebuyers or homeowners save money on utility bills by enabling them to finance the cost of adding energy-efficiency features to new or existing housing as part of their FHA-insured home purchase or refinancing mortgage.

Use passive solar to cool your home. The orientation of your home, location of windows, and landscaping all affect the amount of sun (and heat) your home absorbs. The most efficient designs are in homes that face north and have limited windows on the east and especially the west sides of the home. Because most people live in homes with fixed structures, the best option is to landscape for energy efficiency by shading windows on the east, west, and south sides of the home. Visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website for information about designing your home to maximize the benefits of passive solar.

If you are a Tucson Electric Power (TEP) customer, you may also purchase 2 trees for $6 through the Trees for Tucson program.

Insulate and seal your home. Keeping your home properly insulated and sealed keeps air from leaking out of or into your home. This reduces the energy used and costs of heating and cooling your home. Visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website for information about insulation and air sealing.

The U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program enables low-income families to permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. Click here for information about how to apply for this program.