Energy Efficiency Programs and Tax Credits
Programs and Tax Credits are available for helping New Orleans and Louisiana residents increase the energy efficiency of their homes and businesses.
Entergy is committed to helping customers manage their energy costs. Many customers and employees may be searching for ways to make their homes more energy efficient This list describes Louisiana programs and federal tax credits to help people improve the energy efficiency of their homes and businesses.
Energy Smart is an energy efficiency program that can help you save energy and save money. Any residential, commercial or industrial Entergy New Orleans electric customer is eligible to participate.
Energy Smart Scorecard program: Did you know that about 50% of your energy use is directly tied to the weather? Unfortunately, you can’t control the weather, but you can control your home’s energy consumption and associated costs. With the Energy Smart Scorecard program, learn what’s driving your energy use and easy steps you can take to help save money! The program is FREE for all Entergy New Orleans residential customers, whether you rent or own, and will help you save on energy costs.
Federal Tax Credits:
State Tax Credits:
ENERGY STAR: When you buy a new appliance, look for the ENERGY STAR label that will save money in energy use over time. ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. Energy efficient choices can save families about a third on their energy bill with similar savings of greenhouse gas emissions, without sacrificing features, style or comfort. For more information please visit www.ENERGYSTAR.gov .
Louisiana Home Energy Loan Program: Under this program, homeowners can get reduced interest home improvement loans to make energy-related improvements to their existing homes. DNR will finance half of the improvements at two percent interest, up to a maximum of $6,000 on the DNR portion.
To participate in the HELP program, homeowners must use a lending institution participating in the program. For a list of participating lenders call the HELP hotline at 1-800-836-9589.
There are two ways homeowners can qualify for HELP low-interest home improvement loans. They can have an energy rating conducted on their home or they can choose from a list of pre-approved improvements. Information on how to apply and a list of pre-approved items is available at this Web site: http://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program?state=LA
Louisiana Home Energy Rebate Option program: The Louisiana Home Energy Rebate Option (HERO) offers an actual cash payment for Louisiana residents who build or improve homes to high levels of energy efficiency. The amount of the cash payment depends on the level of energy savings and the amount spent. The cash payment can be up to a maximum of $3,000. The energy savings is determined by a home energy rating that is required on all homes participating in the program. The cost of the energy rating depends on the size and complexity of the house.
Applications for HERO are made by contacting a Louisiana Home Energy Rater, who are listed on the DNR HERO Web site. Information and step-by-step instructions are also available on this site: http://www.empowerlouisiana.org/HeroProgram.aspx
Local organizations in New Orleans can also provide assistance with energy efficiency building techniques:
New Orleans Home Builders Association: The Crescent City Green Building Program is a voluntary Green Building Program for New Orleans area Home Builders. Green building brings environmental considerations into all phases of the home building process. During the design, construction, and operation of a home, the builder puts extra consideration into energy and water efficiency, lot development and resource efficient building design. Environmentally friendly materials, indoor air quality, and the global impact of the home on the environment are also taken into consideration.
Alliance for Affordable Energy: The New Orleans BuildSmart Learning Center run by the Alliance for Affordable Energy is a multi-faceted facility that serves building professionals, homeowners and green businesses. The center features a life-sized model New Orleans home with cut-aways that showcase techniques for energy efficiency, residential solar power and environmentally appropriate building practices. It also has a demonstration area for building workshops and a reference library with practical how-to guides, books on green building techniques, contact information for local businesses and general construction texts. In addition, their in-house experts can give you advice on any building project you have from weatherizing drafty windows and doors to replacing insulation to purchasing solar hot water heater.
Global Green: In response to the devastating hurricanes of 2005, Global Green USA made a dedicated commitment to the sustainable rebuilding of New Orleans. In 2006, Global Green broke ground on its LEED Platinum Holy Cross Project, a catalytic sustainable village in the Lower Ninth Ward and the result of an international design competition that has been toured by over 25,000 visitors since 2008. Programs like Build It Back Green and the Green Schools Initiative have helped residents recover in more sustainable and resilient ways. Current New Orleans programs include: the Holy Cross Visitor Center, which offers tours and green building guidance to residents; Water Wise NOLA, which engages residents in storm-water management practices to improve water quality and reduce localized flooding; and Environmental Education, which offers standards-aligned Green Urbanism lessons on the topics of energy, water, waste and sustainable neighborhoods.
Preservation Resource Council: A program of the Preservation Resource Center, Rebuilding Together New Orleans repairs the storm-damaged houses of elderly and/or disabled low income homeowners in Orleans parish using predominantly volunteer labor. Rebuilding Together also runs a Salvage Store where they sell used building material and a reconstruction program that also hosts community workshops and educational presentations on the reuse of salvaged items.
Builder and Commercial Resources
LA House: The LA House is a research-based showcase for home construction sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and many partners, including Entergy. It educates homeowners and contractors about building homes with more comfort, durability and health while using less energy, resources and damage from natural hazards. The LA House is a great resource for technical solutions to building better, including hurricane protection building techniques. More information is available at www.LouisianaHouse.org.
For more information, please contact:
Entergy New Orleans, Inc.