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Successful Forest Park and GCEA Partnership Extended

Our goal-breaking campaign that improved the efficiency of 156 homes in Forest Park last year has been extended into 2014 with an additional $10,000 in incentive money. These funds will cover an estimated 15 homes, and are first come, first served.

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Or contact the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance to see if your home is eligible for the program.



Call Today for $500 Upgrade Incentive
Offer Expires September 30th

The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance has offered various levels of cash incentives that have been funded through a block grant from the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Neighborhood Program. These cash incentives have helped propel over 1,600 homeowners participating in our Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program to move forward with energy saving improvements in their homes. It has been our great pleasure to provide this service to the Greater Cincinnati community.



Please spread the word that the $500 upgrade incentive will only be available through the end of September 2013.

If you have completed a Home Energy Assessment through the Energy Alliance’s Home Performance with Energy Star program, you can still qualify for these incentives through the end of September. If you have not taken that first step, request an assessment as soon as possible to move forward with your Home Energy Upgrade while these incentives are still available.

To access the $500 upgrade incentive you must have a signed contract with your Home Performance Contractor submitted by September 30, 2013 and the upgrade work must be completed by October 31st. Call today to speak to the Energy Advisor (513.621.4232) or sign up online.

Post September 30th, the Energy Alliance will continue to help Homeowners improve the Energy Efficiency of their homes and administer any additional incentives they are eligible for in future, outside of the Better Buildings incentives.

Federal Home Energy Efficiency Tax Credits 2012-2013

This 2012 and 2013 one-time tax credit offers a 10% credit of your home energy efficiency improvement costs of up to $500. Note, there is a cap on the credit amount of $500 for fiscal years 2006 through 2013 combined; if you have ever claimed this credit in the past, you cannot claim it again.

Eligible improvements must have been made to an existing home and made to your principal residence. New construction and rental properties do not qualify for this credit.

You will need to file IRS Form 5695 with your taxes.

Qualifying Energy Efficiency Improvements include:

  • Biomass Stoves
  • Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Insulation
  • Roofs (Metal & Asphalt)
  • Water Heaters (non-solar)
  • Windows & Doors

This credit expires December 31, 2013.

Renewable Systems Improvements

This tax credit offers a 30% credit of the costs of your renewable systems and has no upper limit. For this credit, existing homes and new construction both qualify. Both principal residences and second homes qualify, but rental properties do not qualify.

Qualifying Renewable Systems include:

  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Small Wind Turbines (Residential)
  • Solar Energy Systems

This credit expires December 31, 2016.