Energy Matters

The energy efficiency improvements in this guide are all simple, low-cost projects that pay for themselves quickly. The savings alone provide plenty of incentive to make them worth doing. But there are also programs available through federal and state governments, utility companies and other sources that can help consumers become more energy efficient.

Virginia has sales tax credits and sales tax "holidays" for purchases of various energy-efficient products and appliances. Federal tax credits are available for home-shell improvements such as new windows, renewable energy technologies such as geothermal heat pumps and solar panels.

Use the links below for more information on state and federal programs, and make sure to check with your utility and local government to see what types of incentives or programs they may offer.

For residents of Charlottesville or Albemarle County:

  • Charlottesville Utility Rebate Program -- Hot water heater and programmable thermostat rebates.
  • Local Energy Assistance Program -- Joint program of the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County to achieve savings from energy efficiency and local renewable generation.
  • Community Energy Conservation Program: Stimulus funds available for weatherization and insulation, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 434-293-3777.