Pay for it all
There are a number of programs available to Michigan residents to help offset the cost of energy efficiency or renewable energy improvements you make to your home.
The Michigan Saves Home Energy Loan Program provides affordable loans of up to $20,000 for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements. The MI Saves website also keeps a list of authorized contractors; you must use MI Saves contractors in order to qualify for their programs.
For select counties across the state, including Washtenaw, Michigan Saves also has a Home Mortgage Program that makes it easy and affordable to package energy-saving upgrades with other home improvements as part of a home purchase or mortgage refinancing. You may even be able to take advantage of DTE Energy rebates at the same time. Download the Customer FAQ for more information.
Washtenaw Housing Rehabilitation Program
The countywide Housing Rehabilitation Program provides low-income homeowners a low-interest deferred loan of up to $15,000 for energy efficiency improvements, including energy audits, ENERGY STAR appliances, energy-efficient lighting, windows, doors, heating and cooling systems, air sealing, insulation and water saving devices.
Washtenaw Weatherization Program
Low-income households in Washtenaw County may be eligible for free weatherization services, including insulation, furnace and water heater inspection and repair, refrigerator inspection and replacement, caulking and weather stripping. The Weatherization FAQs page contains detailed information, including income guidelines for program qualification.
State of Michigan Tax Credits
Some Michigan taxpayers are eligible for a tax credit for the purchase and installation of qualifying energy-efficient home improvements. To claim the credit, persons filing single returns must have an annual income of $37,500 or less; and married couples filing jointly must have an annual income of $75,000 or less. Credits are limited to qualified improvements made in principal residences and are not available to renters or for improvements made in second homes.
Qualifying home improvements are limited to the following categories: insulation, water heaters, furnaces, windows, refrigerators, washers and dishwashers.
All equipment must meet ENERGY STAR criteria and must be for residential or non-commercial use. The credit is 10% of the installed cost of each improvement, up to $75 for single filers and $150 for joint filers.
Federal Tax Credits
Certain ENERGY STAR products qualify for tax credits, but not all; visit the ENERGY STAR website for more information.
Incentives, rebates and offers
DTE Energy has rebates and special offers for residential customers.
And ENERGY STAR maintains a database of special offers and rebates from partners – which can be combined with other offers for extra savings!
Don’t forget to keep an eye out for sales at your local home improvement stores.