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What is the Residential Energy Efficiency Property Credit?



The Residential Energy Efficiency Property Credit is a federal tax credit that allows homeowners to claim a credit for certain energy-efficient improvements made to their homes. This credit is designed to encourage individuals to invest in energy-efficient products and systems that can help reduce energy consumption and lower energy bills.

To qualify for the Residential Energy Efficiency Property Credit, the improvements must be made to your primary residence and must meet certain energy-efficiency standards set by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Some examples of eligible improvements include:

  • Insulation

  • Energy-efficient exterior windows and doors

  • Energy-efficient heating and cooling systems

  • Energy-efficient water heaters

  • Energy-efficient appliances

  • Small wind turbines and geothermal heat pumps

The amount of the credit you can claim depends on the type of improvement being made and the year it was installed. For example, you may be able to claim a credit equal to 30% of the cost of installing certain energy-efficient improvements, such as insulation and windows. The credit is generally limited to $500 for all tax years combined, and it is subject to certain limitations and restrictions.

To claim the Residential Energy Efficiency Property Credit, you will need to file IRS Form 5695 along with your tax return. You will need to provide information about the improvements you made, including the date of installation and the cost of the improvement. You will also need to provide documentation, such as receipts or invoices, to support your claim


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