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Replace fossil fuel based energy sources with renewable energy sources, such as solar.

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:

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.

Offset your energy use. Until we make a more complete transition away from fossil fuels, many of our necessary, everyday activities will continue to create greenhouse gases and make climate change worse. One way to offset these unavoidable greenhouse gases is to help fund projects that actually reduce an equivalent amount of greenhouse gases somewhere else, such as by putting solar panels on a school or helping finance a new wind energy project. The idea is to offset one person's greenhouse gases by reducing an equal amount through an "offset" project at another location. Many organizations are now offering businesses and consumers alike the ability to offset their unavoidable greenhouse gases with a contribution to a 3rd party-verified carbon-reduction project. 

If you are a Tucson Electric Power or UniSource customer, you can participate in theirGreenWatts program to offset your greenhouse gas emissions.

Visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s website for more information about buying green power.