The 2019 & 2020 Energy Tax Credits

2020 Update: as part of the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act 2020 (H.R. 1865) that was signed in December of 2019, residential energy property tax credits (aka the “Non-Business Energy Property Tax Credits” have been retroactively extended from 12/31/2017 through 12/31/2020. Geothermal, wind, and fuel cell Renewable Energy Tax Credits had previously been extended through 2021 to match solar. Details on all of this are below.

2019 & 2020 Energy Tax Credits

There are significant “Renewable Energy Tax Credits” for up to 30% of the costs of major energy installations. These credits are unlimited, and include labor on installation for the following:

  1. solar water heaters
  2. solar panels
  3. geothermal heat pumps
  4. small wind turbines
  5. fuel cells

The 30% credits decline through 2021, and are as follows:

  • 2019: 30%
  • 2020: 26%
  • 2021: 22%

The installations must be installed in a home you own and use as a residence (no rentals, but second homes qualify).

These energy tax credits are non-refundable, but can be carried-over to a future tax filing year. More information can be found on the Energy Star Renewable Energy Tax Credits website. Prior to a Congressional budget deal, only the solar credits had remained in place.

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What About the Non-Business Residential Energy Property Tax Credits?

The very popular non-business residential “Energy Property Tax Credits” for Energy Star certified energy efficiency improvements were recently extended for the 2018, 2019, and 2020 years.

These popular residential energy tax credits equal 10% of the cost of product to $500, or a specific amount from $50–$300 for the following eligible items:

  • Biomass Stoves: $300 credit for stoves with an efficiency of 75%+.
  • HVAC Air Circulating Fan: $50 for fans that use less than 2% of a furnaces energy.
  • Central Air Conditioning: $300 for Split Systems: with SEER ≥ 16 and EER ≥ 13, or package systems with SEER ≥ 14 and EER ≥ 12.
  • Gas, propane, or oil hot water boiler: $150 with AFUE ≥ 95.
  • Natural gas, propane, or oil furnace: $150 with AFUE ≥ 95.
  • Insulation: 10% of the cost, up to $500 (not including installation costs). Includes air sealing caulk, spray foam, house wrap, and weather stripping.
  • Roofs: 10% of the cost, up to $500 (not including installation costs) on metal roofs with appropriate pigmented coatings and asphalt roofs with appropriate cooling granules that also meet ENERGY STAR requirements.
  • Gas, Oil, or Propane Hot Water Heater: $300, in the case of a storage water heater (20-55 gallons), an energy factor of at least 0.82 or a thermal efficiency of at least 90%. In the case of any other water heater, an energy factor of at least 0.90 or a thermal efficiency of at least 90%.
  • Electric Heat Pump Water Heater: $300 with Energy Factor ≥ 2.0.
  • Windows, Doors & Skylights: 10% of the cost, up to $500, but windows are capped at $200 (not including installation costs). Must be version 6.0 ENERGY STAR qualified.

If you want to buy any of these types of products, it would be wise to focus on the above specs when doing so.

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How to Claim the Energy Tax Credit:

If you meet eligibility criteria above, you must file IRS form 5695. Instructions for completion are here.

2019 & 2020 Energy Tax Credits Discussion:

  • Have you or will you take advantage of the 30% energy installation project tax credit? Please share the cost, savings, and any other details of your project in the comments.
  • Will you claim the Non-Business Energy Property Tax Credit?

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  1. Clyde Green

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