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Q & A: Energy Tax Credit for Hot Water Heaters?

Question by cdcsctennis: Energy Tax Credit for Hot Water Heaters?
I read where there is a $ 300 tax credit for hot water heaters. I checked the official energy tax credit website and I can’t tell exactly what water heaters qualify or not. I current have a 50 gallon electric hot water heater and want to replace with a similar model for my home. Any idea if other electric hot water heaters qualify for this tax credit?

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Answer by sharon
Qualifying Water Heaters
All natural gas, propane gas, or oil water heaters with an Energy Factor rating greater than, or equal to 0.82, or a thermal efficiency rating of at least 90%, qualify for the above tax credit.

Go to Manufacturer’s Certification Statement for qualifying models.

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3 Responses to Q & A: Energy Tax Credit for Hot Water Heaters?

  1. Bostonian In MO

    If you are currently using a traditional resistive element hot water heater and replace it with the same type of water heater, there’s no energy credit available.

    To qualify for the credit you must install either an electric heat-pump water heater with an energy efficiency rating of 2.0 or greater OR a gas, oil, or propane heater with an energy factor of 0.82 or greater or a thermal efficiency of at least 90%.

    Here’s a link to one such qualifying electric heat-pump water heater: http://www.thegreathardwarestore.com/Ge-Appliances-50Gallon-Hybrid-Water-Heater-p/132461.htm?click=2744 . This is for example purposes only, not a recommendation of any particular brand or supplier.

  2. a tax lady

    No electric water heaters qualify for the credit.

    The only water heaters that do must be oil, propane or natural gas–and then they have to be high end models.

  3. tro

    the manufacturer issues an energy certificate if the one you choose qualifies, you need to check the manufacturer’s web site to see what qualifies or the store should have that document

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