Rebates and Tax Incentives


Adding or replacing energy efficient features to your home can have significant upfront costs, which can be buffered by subsidies from the federal and state governments as well as energy companies. These rebates and tax credits are available to Charleston residents as incentives to perform home improvements related to energy efficiency.

Home Performance

Thermal House

Comprehensive Home Performance Improvements (rebate up to $2500)
Available to: SCE&G customers
Several rebates are available when performing comprehensive approach to improving the efficiency of the whole house as a system, including sealing air leaks, adding insulation, and improving ductwork in addition to addressing issues with HVAC and water heating systems. This process begins with a home performance assessment by a licensed contractor, which is included in the rebate structure.
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Add insulation (tax credit of 10% of the cost, up to $500)
Available to: all U.S. residents
Bulk insulation such as batts, rolls, blow-in fibers, rigid boards, expanding spray, and pour-in-place. Products that air seal such as weather stripping, air seal spray foam, air seal caulk, and house wrap can also qualify, as long as they come with a Manufacturers Certification Statement. 
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Windows, Doors, Skylights (tax credit of 10% of the cost, up to $500; windows capped at $200)
Available to: all U.S. residents
Replace existing or install new energy efficient windows, doors and skylights to reduce energy bills. 
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See also: SC Safe Home Program

Add a new roof (tax credit of 10% of the cost, up to $500)
Available to: all U.S. residents
Metal roofs with pigmented coatings and asphalt roofs with cooling granules reflect more of the sun’s rays, lowering roof surface temperature by up to 100°F and decreasing the amount of heat transferred into your home. 
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See also: SC Safe Home Program

SC Safe Home Program
Available to: all SC residents
A grant available to individual homeowners of owner-occupied, single-family homes to make their property more resistant to hurricane and high-wind damage. Eligible upgrades include structural roof components, gable bracing, exterior doors, home anchors, and others.
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Heating & Cooling

Heat Pump

Install a New HVAC System ($200–$525 rebate)
Available to: SCE&G customers
SCE&G electric customers can receive cash rebates for purchasing and installing ENERGY STAR® qualified central air conditioning systems and heat pumps (air source, dual fuel and ground source) in either new or existing residences.
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Central Air Conditioning ($300 tax credit)
Available to: all U.S. residents
Ask your HVAC Contractor to install a tax credit eligible Central Air Conditioning unit. To verify tax credit eligibility, ask your HVAC contractor to provide the Manufacturer Certification Statement for the equipment you plan to purchase.
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Air Source Heat Pumps ($300 tax credit)
Available to: all U.S. residents
Heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners in moderate climates. Because they move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide up to 4 times the amount of energy they consume.
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Biomass Stoves ($300 tax credit)
Available to: all U.S. residents
Biomass stoves burn biomass fuel to heat a home or heat water. Biomass fuel includes agricultural crops and trees, wood and wood waste and residues (including wood pellets), plants (including aquatic plants), grasses, residues, and fibers. 
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Gas, Propane, or Oil Hot Water Boiler ($150 tax credit)
Available to: all U.S. residents
Heating units that use water circulated throughout the home in a system of baseboard heating units, radiators, and/or in-floor radiant tubing.
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Natural Gas, Propane or Oil Furnace ($150 tax credit)
Available to: all U.S. residents
A furnace using the combustion of fuel and air to create heat.
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Advanced Main Air Circulating Fan ($50 tax credit)
Available to: all U.S. residents
An efficient fan or blower motor which blows the air that your furnace heats up through the duct system.
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Water Heating

Hybrid Water Heater

Replace an Existing Electric Water Heater ($250 rebate)
Available to: SCE&G customers
Current SCE&G residential electric customers can receive a $250 rebate check when they replace their existing electric resistance water heater with one of six qualified options.
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Make it a Natural Gas/Propane Water Heater  ($300 tax credit)
Available to: all U.S. residents
While they cost more than electric models, gas water heaters will cost you about half as much to run as a comparable electric model. 
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Make it an Electric Heat Pump Water Heater  ($300 tax credit)
Available to: all U.S. residents
Also known as hybrid water heaters, these have a conventional electric storage heater paired with a heat pump that extracts heat from the surrounding air and uses it to help heat the water. They use about 60 percent less energy than standard electric heaters. 
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Make it a Solar Water Heater (tax credit of 30% of cost)
Available to: all U.S. residents
Solar water heaters come in a wide variety of designs, all including a collector and storage tank, and all using the sun’s thermal energy to heat water. Solar water heaters are typically described according to the type of collector and the circulation system. 
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Lighting

CFL and LED Bulbs

Instant Discounts on CFL and LED bulbs ($1.75/CFL | $4.00/LED | $10/CFL fixture)
Available to: everyone
When you purchase an ENERGY STAR® qualified bulb or light fixture from a participating retailer, you will receive a discount instantly at check-out.
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Natural Gas Appliances

Natural gas stove burners

Rebates for natural gas appliances (rebate up to $500)
Available to: SCE&G customers
You can earn a bill credit on your natural gas bill when you convert to natural gas appliances, including furnaces, water heaters, cooktop ranges, and fireplace logs.
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Renewable Energy

Solar Panels and Wind Turbine

Solar Panels (tax credit of 30% of cost)
Available to: all U.S. residents
Solar Panels (Photovoltaic Systems) are solar cells that capture light energy from the sun and convert it directly into electricity for the home. 
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Solar Water Heaters (tax credit of 30% of cost)
Available to: all U.S. residents
Solar water heaters come in a wide variety of designs, all including a collector and storage tank, and all using the sun’s thermal energy to heat water. Solar water heaters are typically described according to the type of collector and the circulation system. 
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Geothermal Heat Pumps (tax credit of 30% of cost)
Available to: all U.S. residents
Geothermal heat pumps are similar to ordinary heat pumps, but use the ground instead of outside air to provide heating, air conditioning and, in most cases, hot water. Because they use the earth’s natural heat, they are among the most efficient and comfortable heating and cooling technologies currently available. 
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Residential Wind Turbines (tax credit of 30% of cost)
Available to: all U.S. residents
A wind turbine collects kinetic energy from the wind and converts it to electricity that is compatible with a home’s electrical system. 
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Residential Fuel Cells (tax credit of 30% of cost, up to $500 per .5 kW)
Available to: all U.S. residents
Fuel cells are an important enabling technology for the hydrogen economy and have the potential to revolutionize the way we power our nation, offering cleaner, more-efficient alternatives to the combustion of gasoline and other fossil fuels. 
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