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Available Rebates, Incentives and Financing for Central Virginia Residents

PowerSaver Loan Program from UVA Community Credit Union (Ending May 2015. Apply by April 30 to qualify)

Learn more about this no closing cost, low-interest loan program.  These loans provide a less expensive alternative to traditional financing for homeowners who live or work in the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson and Orange.

Limited-time Loan Rate Reduction Program (City of Charlottesville only)

Available on a first-come, first-served basis, City of Charlottesville residents may take advantage rates as low as 0% on a PowerSaver loan through the UVA Community Credit Union when they  use one of LEAP’s local ENERGY STAR contractors to make energy efficiency improvements or add renewables to their home. Learn more. 

Energy Efficient Building Special Tax Rate (City of Charlottesville only)

Properties that have been awarded the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR certificate qualify for the Special Tax Rate. To earn the certificate, your improvements must be projected to improve your energy efficiency by 20% or more, confirmed by modeling software. The Special Tax Rate is a one-time 50% real estate tax abatement (on building only), which is available to applicants the next calendar year after their application is received and approved by the City. Applications must be approved by September 30th in order to receive the reduction in the next calendar year. To learn more, email us or call us at 434.227.4666.

Dominion Home Programs

Dominion Virginia Power offers several energy efficiency rebate programs for all-electric homes (i.e. natural gas, propane or oil is not your primary heating fuel). These rebates are available through Dominion’s participating contractors.

Smart Cooling Rewards
Homeowner receives $40 for cycling A/C on high use days

Income-Qualifying Home Improvement
Energy audit and improvements for income-qualifying homeowners

Heat Pump Tune-Up
Rebate of $90 for maintenance tune-up of existing units

Heat Pump Upgrade
Rebate of $200 – $250 for upgrading to more efficient heat pump unit

Duct Testing & Sealing – Homeowner receives $125 for having poorly performing duct & air distribution systems tested and repaired

Charlottesville Gas Thermostat Rebate 

$100 for installation of a programmable thermostat

Charlottesville Gas Water Heater Rebate 

$100 when replacing an electric water heater with a high efficiency gas one

Federal Tax Credits for Existing Energy-Efficient Homes 

10% tax federal credit up to $500 for eligible energy efficiency improvements


Income-Qualified Support

We realize that some families may need additional financial assistance. For income-qualified and low-income residents, we offer an Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program (City of Charlottesville homeowners) and Weatherization Assistance Program (Central Virginia). Learn more.