Cinco Plumbing and Heating has the tools and know-how to make your home energy-efficient. Not only can you save a lot in energy costs, there are big tax incentives too!
Here is a list of some of the available Rhode Island Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency*.
Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit (Personal):
Rhode Island offers a personal tax credit for photovoltaic systems (on-grid and off-grid), solar hot-water systems, active solar-heating systems, wind-energy systems and geothermal-energy systems. The tax credit is equal to 25% of the system cost and applies only to residential installations. The credit is available to the resident or business that pays for the system.
Residential Solar Property Tax Exemption:
Rhode Island law provides that for purposes of local municipal property tax assessment, certain residential solar-energy systems may not be assessed at more than the value of a conventional heating system, a conventional water-heating system or energy production capacity that otherwise could be necessary to install in a building. Qualifying technologies include photovoltaic (PV) systems, solar hot-water systems and active solar space-heating systems.
National Grid - Energy Wise Program:
The National Grid Energy Wise program offers free home energy audits to all residential customers, condominium associations, and apartment building owners. Through this program, incentives and low-interest loans are available to help pay for improved insulation and the installation of Energy Star lighting, refrigerators, and windows. The type of assistance offered varies based on the heating fuel and the number of units in the facility.
National Grid – Residential (Gas) Energy Efficiency Programs:
National Grid offers a number of programs to encourage energy efficiency amongst its residential customers.
National Grid’s High Efficiency Heating Rebates are offered to any residential heating customer in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Metro New York. Eligible technologies include boilers and furnaces. Rebates of up to $1,000 are available, depending on equipment type. All equipment must meet certain energy standards provided on the website. Applications are to be completed and sent in after equipment installation. The application form is available on the program's website.
National Grid also offers $10 rebates to residential heating customers for every ENERGY STAR® replacement window with a U-factor of .35 or less installed in their home, and $50 rebates are available for the purchase and installation of programmable thermostats. In addition, National Grid offers a rebate of up to $300 for energy efficient on-demand tankless water heaters and high efficiency in-direct water heaters. Applications for all of these rebates can be found off the program website above or at the individual program websites.
National Grid Residential Weatherization Program is for heating customers in New England. The program provides a rebate covering 20% of the cost, up to $750, for various weatherization measures, including: attic, wall, basement, crawl space, rim joist, and heating system duct insulation; attic ventilation; and air infiltration and ductwork leakage testing and sealing. Work must be completed by a National Grid approved contractor.
National Grid - Solar Thermal Rebate Program:
National Grid provides incentives to residential, commercial, industrial and multi-family customers who install solar thermal technologies. Recommended solar thermal applications include solar hot water heating (SHW), and in some cases solar space heating or high temperature process applications. Eligibility requirements are in place to ensure quality installation of solar thermal systems. Note that program funds are limited.
Residential customers. National Grid customers that install a SHW system may apply for a rebate of 15% off project costs, up to a maximum rebate of $1,500. This rebate requires that participating customers share their water heating usage data for a period of 12 months. National Grid works directly with residential solar installers who submit rebate applications on behalf of the customer.
Commercial, Industrial and Multi-Family customers. National Grid requires a free energy audit for interested participants to identify appropriate solar thermal technologies and to estimate natural gas savings. Commercial, industrial and multi-family customers may receive a one-time rebate of $3 per therm of estimated first-year savings, up to 50% of the project costs or $100,000 per project.
* Rhode Island Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency information is from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency website. To read more please visit: