Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives

Have you gotten your energy efficiency tax credit this year? The residential energy efficiency tax credit expired at the end of 2011 and so if you did do any residential energy efficiency home improvements (i.e. installed Energy Star Appliances)  make sure you take the credit for 2011. You need to file the IRS form 5695 with your taxes. The renewable energy credit lasts through the year 2016. There are also state and local tax incentives with renewable energy.

Here are some resources that provide more detailed information on the tax incentives and rebates available with energy efficiency;

Sustainability Planning Resources: State, City and Local Communities

Sustainable Communities

A non profit organization helping to promote local communities to become more sustainable.

City of Portland

The Business Center of Portland has a simple and short sustainability plan example available. Portland has been rated as one of the greenest cities in America.

EPA for State and Local Governments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a specific site of resources geared for all state and local governments to deal with climate change, energy efficiency, pesticides, pollution, transportation, waste and water.  It also has a list of the local organizations that the EPA deals with that can be useful to local governments.

How to Make a Community Green

This free downloadable guide published by the U.S. EPA offers instructions on how local governments can create a sustainable plan.

Environmental Council of the States

This is a non- profit association of state environmental leaders. It provides a networking forum and resources for environmental and sustainability professionals within local state and city governments.

GreenPrint Denver

The local Denver, Colorado city sustainability program providing resources to its residents and local businesses. Here is a link to the City of Denver Climate Action Plan.

Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEI)

A membership organization for all local governments who want to be more sustainable in their communities. The site offers tools, trainings, resources and network to local examples.