Step Apply for Available Rebates and Grants

Projects should research and apply for rebates that are linked to energy efficiency standards, renewable energy installations, and water-saving technologies. Most states and many local jurisdictions have rebate programs—often administered through the local electricity, gas, or water utility—that can cover additional first costs. The Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 established tax credits for energy efficiency and photovoltaic systems. While these incentives typically do not pay for the entire up-front cost of energy- and water-saving technologies, they can cover some of the incremental cost between standard construction and building green.

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