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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.

Homeowner Resources 

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. 

  • Tax Credits

Federal Tax Credits:

Energy Star Web site: www.energystar.gov/taxcredits

State Tax Credits: 

Solar Tax Credits: http://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program/detail/2636

Home Energy Loan Program (HELP): http://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program/detail/1206

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 heaters. 

Global Green: Global Green USA opened its New Orleans Office/Green Building Resource Center in 2006 in response to the devastating hurricanes of 2005. The organization is making sustainable rebuilding a reality through its model green community in the Lower 9th Ward, its green schools initiative, and Build it Back Green, an outreach program that teaches people how to remodel with energy efficiency, durability, health and renewable energy in mind. Monthly panel discussions on topics such as greening historic homes, green jobs development, financing solar energy, and local green products, are free and open to the public.

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:

Derek Mills
Project Manager
Entergy New Orleans, Inc.