Geothermal Tax Credits for San Antonio Residents

Looking to save big money on the installation of that geothermal heating and cooling system you’ve long wanted? Well, this could be your opportunity!

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, approved in February 2018, reinstates the Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit for fuel cells, small wind systems … and geothermal heat pumps. As far as the latter are concerned:

  • This credit remains in effect from now through December 31, 2021.
  • It offsets 30% of designated expenditures for systems placed in service between now and December 31, 2019.
  • A progressive step-down in credit value is scheduled for each year following, so if you want the complete 30% credit, you’ll have to move swiftly.
  • Retrofit systems are considered “placed in service” when they’re totally installed and ready for use.
  • Systems for newly built or newly renovated homes are accepted as “placed in service” on the day you, the homeowner, first occupy the home.
  • The home needn’t be your principal place of residence.
  • Your geothermal heat pump must meet federal ENERGY STAR criteria.
  • To receive the Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit, you should fill out and file IRS Form 5695.

For further details, review our blog as well as this WaterFurnace®-prepared bulletin, Understanding the Federal Incentives for Geothermal Heat Pumps.

Even though we at Southwest Mechanical Services would be delighted to see you get a geothermal heating and cooling system for your San Antonio home, we cannot legally support any financial plan for doing so. We can, however, recommend that you talk with a local tax professional. He or she can educate you on how best to profit from geothermal tax credits taking into account your unique financial situation.

If you’d like to find out more about what other energy-related tax incentives might be applicable to you at the federal, state, and local levels, check out dsireusa.org. This is a unique resource that offers state-by-state information on thousands of policies and incentives championing  renewable energy and energy efficiency.

And don’t forget: When you’re ready to install a geothermal heating and cooling system in your home, see the San Antonio geothermal pros at Southwest Mechanical Services. We’ll do the job right – to help you start saving both energy and money right from the start.