Geothermal Tax Credits for Columbus Residents

Looking to save lots of cash on the installation of that geothermal heating and cooling system you’ve long dreamed of? Well, this could be the time!

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed in February 2018, reinstates the Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit for fuel cells, small wind systems … and geothermal heat pumps. Relative to the latter:

  • This credit remains in effect from now through December 31, 2021.
  • It pays back 30% of designated expenditures for systems placed in service between now and December 31, 2019.
  • A gradual reduction in credit value is scheduled for each year thereafter, so if you’d like the complete 30% credit, you’ll have to take action swiftly.
  • Retrofit systems are judged “placed in service” when they’re totally installed and ready for use.
  • Systems for newly constru|ere]36]cted or newly renovated homes are judged “placed in service” at the time you, the homeowner, first occupy the home.
  • The home doesn’t have to be your principal place of residence.
  • Your geothermal heat pump must fulfill all federal ENERGY STAR recommendations.
  • To get the Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit, you must complete and file IRS Form 5695.

For more specifics, read our blog as well as this WaterFurnace®-created handout, Understanding the Federal Incentives for Geothermal Heat Pumps.

Though we at Hottinger Geothermal would be pleased to see you get a geothermal heating and cooling system for your Columbus home, we cannot legally support any financial tactics for doing so. We can, however, recommend that you employ the services of a nearby tax professional. He or she can counsel you on how best to take advantage of geothermal tax credits taking into account your specific financial situation.

If you’re eager to learn more about what other energy-related tax incentives might apply to you at the federal, state, and local levels, go to dsireusa.org. This is an unusual resource that offers state-by-state information on thousands of policies and incentives designed to stimulate  renewable energy and energy efficiency.

And remember: When you’re ready to install a geothermal heating and cooling system in your home, depend on the Columbus geothermal pros at Hottinger Geothermal. We’ll do the job right – to help you start saving both energy and money right from the start.