Putting energy efficiency within reach

Whether you’re planning a DIY project to cut your energy use, exploring converting to residential solar, looking to upgrade your appliances, considering an EV, or all of the above, there are a host of local, state, federal, and private incentives to make your project more doable by offsetting some of your upfront costs.

Incentives for Efficient Appliances

Virginia Income Tax Deduction for Energy-Efficient Products
20% of sales tax paid ($500 max) on qualifying clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators/freezers, water heaters, furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, air conditioners, programmable thermostats, and/or certain other energy efficient technology

Charlottesville Energy Efficiency Rebate Program
Offers rebates to city residents who install: programmable thermostat, tankless hot water heater, attic insulation, and/or WaterSense toilet

Dominion Power Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program
Offers rebates to Dominion customers who install qualifying: smart thermostat, refrigerator/freezer, clothes washer, electric clothes dryer, dehumidifier, room air purifier, and/or dishwasher. Additional rebate for appliance recycling

Incentives for Electric Vehicles

Plug-In Electric Drive Vehicle Tax Credit
Tax credit of up to $7,500 for vehicles purchased after 12/31/2022 with some conditions

Previously-Owned Clean Vehicle Tax Credit
30% Tax Credit up to $4000 for vehicles with a max MSRP of $25,000, purchased from dealership, and first vehicle ownership transfer

Dominion Power Electric Vehicle Charger Rewards
$40 annual rebate for Dominion Customers who install qualifying smart level 2 EV chargers.

Incentives for Solar Power

Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC)
Allows filers to deduct 30% of the cost of a solar system from their federal taxes

Charlottesville Solar Energy Tax Exemption
0.96% tax credit deducted from property tax for 5 years following the installation of a residential solar energy system.

Charlottesville Green/Solar Roof Reduced Permit Fee
50% off the cost of a construction permit fee in the city for Green/Solar Roof construction

Other Incentives

Federal Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit
Rebate for purchases of biomass stoves and certain energy efficient water heaters, furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, air conditioners, duct/air sealing, insulation, windows, doors, and/or roofs. Annual maximum of $1,200, with some exceptions

Charlottesville Special Tax Rate for Energy Efficient Buildings
One-time reduced tax rate for buildings that meet certain energy efficiency standards (e.g. LEED, Green Globes)