In 2019, you are allowed to have a tax credit of up to $500 for certain things including energy efficiency improvements to your home. So if the improvements you’ve made to your home to reduce its energy use are eligible for a tax credit, you may be entitled to a refund check when the IRS returns your rebate check.

You need to make sure that you’ve made the improvements for which you are eligible for the tax credit. There are pretty broad guidelines for what improvements count, but we’ll give you a few of the details:

The improvements for which you can be refunded include insulation, energy Star, and hybrid tacos. Conservation homes and building features like solar thermal windows, energy-efficient heating, and cooling equipment, and energy-saving cars and alternative fuel vehicles also count. But you cannot take the credit for quality energy-saving home improvements on an individually created principal residence as your permanent residence.

You can have the credit with 30% of the cost associated with the energy-efficient features. So, if the cost of the improved features was $3,000, you can claim a $1000 tax credit.

You also mustache the implementation and installation of the improvements that qualify. Only the improvements that you put in place count; upgrades don’t count.

Once you’ve made your improvements, they cannot later be taken back off. In essence, you must’ve made substantial energy-saving improvements before you can be refunded your credit.

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