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Residential Efficiency

Home Energy Saver, a web-based do-it-yourself energy audit tool for your home. Based on a description of the home provided by the user, this tool calculates energy use and savings opportunities.

Hire a Professional Auditor

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) has compiled a list of building auditors from multiple sources who do business in Virginia.  This list is not exhaustive and will be updated from time-to-time.  Please note: DEQ and DMME do not endorse any company; therefore, due diligence should be used in making your contractor choices.  DMME Residential Energy Audit

Energy Efficiency Resources:


Download the updated version of the Virginia Energy Savers Handbook.

Residential energy conservation tips from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.

EPA's EnergyStar is government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.

Energy Efficiency Incentives

Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEM)
Potential Recipients: Homeowners refinancing and soon-to-be homeowners

Energy efficiency can save you money in the long run, but what about when you need the money up front?  If you’re looking to retrofit or upgrade your home in energy-efficient ways, such as installing dual pane windows, an efficient heating and cooling system, or solar technology to reduce your energy costs, you may be eligible for an Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM).  For current homeowners, an EEM can be obtained while refinancing your current mortgage and used to make your home more energy efficient.  For those still looking for that perfect home, EEM’s can be used to increase your purchasing power.  Make sure to ask your mortgage broker about all your options.

For more information visit  For small business options see Green Mortgages.

Federal Income Tax Credit for Home Improvements 

Federal tax credits for energy efficiency improvements remain in effect for Solar Energy Systems (solar water heaters and solar panels). These federal tax credits remain in effect through December 2021.

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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