That a grant for energy efficiency exists for some part of a home improvement or appliance replacement is very often a selling point for a company that sells the items that have a designation for being energy efficient. By simply looking for a website by the company or getting in contact with the company by phone gets the search started. Another source for possible grants on energy efficiency items is those companies that would do the replacing or the updating. Still another source is to find out what agency, likely federal, is the one that has established the grant. A grant is not an IRS deduction. It is an upfront giving of money or a reimbursement of expenditure for work to be done or done that will result in an increase in efficiency of energy used. Every grant has some type of criteria for a person or company to be eligible to receive the specific grant. Many are keyed to low income families, meaning those families that are within eighteen percent of the poverty line in the United States.
Some “grants” are not really grants but allowances or tax credits that become available through filing a tax return and providing the necessary information to be eligible for the allowance or credit.
State and local municipalities and agencies are sources of specific grants or reimbursements that are based on work that makes one’s home more efficient users of energy. Contact one’s local housing authority is another possible source of a grant or reimbursement. Because grants, reimbursements, allowances, and credits have some legal binding, these opportunities will be announced in local papers.
Groups such as the Weatherization Assistance Program at [www.eere.energy.gov/weatherization] directly provide the financial assistance or reimbursement. One needs to be careful when some person wants to be a go-between for a grant or other financial assistance. It could unfortunately be a scam by requesting upfront money or original documents that one would use for a filing. It is necessary to protect one’s self and family in these things. Whether one is searching online or calling up for information, anyone who asks for money upfront is doing something illegal and should not become a partner. Consider reporting such incidents to the authorities. Another caveat is that sometimes a grant or allowance or credit will not cover all of the expenses for work or replacement.
Patience and diligence are what are needed in this search. Take the time to sift through the available information and contact the granting group to clarify any concern or issue or question. Take notes and map the information against the work that is being planned. Again, enlist the help of a potential service or builder in understanding what work or expenditure has what kind of coverage and financial return or assistance. A person cannot really ever have too much information. Also take very clear note of any deadlines that may be in place for assistance or reimbursement. Signup for newsletters or emails that will keep one posted on any potential changes or upcoming deadlines or even new assistance or reimbursements that will be coming up in some short period of time.