Virginia Announces New Rebate Program

The Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) has announced a new home energy efficiency and geothermal heat pump rebate programs.  Approximately $5 million will be available beginning June 20, 2011, for two new rebate programs: the Virginia Home Efficiency Rebate Program and the Virginia Geothermal Heat Pump Rebate Program.


Eligible energy efficiency improvements include upgrading certain heating equipment, adding insulation and replacing inefficient windows to reduce energy consumption and utility costs in existing homes. 
 
Homeowners will be eligible to reserve rebates for 20 percent of the costs of qualifying energy conserving products and services, up to $595.  Energy audits will be rebated for the cost of the audit, up to $250.  Rebates for no more than 20 percent of costs, up to $2,000, will be offered for qualifying geothermal heat pumps.

The on-line application process will open at noon on June 20 on the DMME website. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until funding has been reserved.  Once all funds are reserved, additional applicants will go onto a waiting list in case all reservation funds are not claimed. Qualifying energy efficient equipment and items purchased and installed on or after March 26, 2010 will be considered for a rebate if all other eligibility requirements are met.

More information on the programs can be found on the DMME website:
DMME Energy Division
Geothermal Heat Pump Rebate Program
VA Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program

Heather Schaefer is the Founder and Executive Director of Go Green! Alexandria, dedicated to environmental education and outreach. Find out more by visiting www.alexenvironment.org.

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