PECO is introducing PECO Smart IdeasSM, a program that shows you new ways to use less energy and hold onto more of your hard-earned dollars. The PECO Smart Home E-Audit shows you how you can use less energy and save more money with PECO Smart Ideas rebates, cash incentives, and energy saving tips. Go to the PECO Smart Ideas site to learn more.

Federal Tax Credits
The federal government recently extended federal tax credits for the installation of qualified solar water heating, photovoltaic (residential electricity, and fuel-cell systems.
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The credits are available for systems placed in operation before Jan. 1, 2009. The tax credit is for 30% of the cost of the system, up to $2,000. The credits are currently listed on IRS tax form 5695, Residential Energy Credits.

Low-Interest Loans

Pennsylvania provides low-interest loans to all Pennsylvanians regardless of income through Keystone Help. Keystone Help provides these loans to Pennsylvanians who want to make their homes more energy efficient. Eligible improvements include high-efficiency heating and air-conditioning systems, insulation, windows, and doors.

Energy Weatherization Assistance Program
Low and moderate-income homeowners can receive energy-efficient measures free of charge through Pennsylvania’s Energy Weatherization Assistance Program.

Rebates & Loans
February, 2009: AFC First Financial Corporation is now accepting applications for rebates and loans under the Keystone HELP Program to promote homeowner energy savings program.

Rebates and loans will be awarded to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. A total of $1 million is available for rebates this fiscal year. A total of $16.0 million is available for loans this fiscal year.

Rebates for Energy Improvements
For those using First Energy (Penelec, PennPower, or Met-Ed) you can get rebates on purchases of Energy Star appliances, CFL light bulbs, and water heaters. Check out this resource on an Energy Efficient Products Program for additional details.