Target: United States Congress
Goal: To reinstate and improve federal tax refunds for homeowners who make energy efficient upgrades to their homes.
Beginning with the 2012 tax cycle, homeowners who make improvements to their homes that make them more energy efficient were no longer eligible to receive tax refunds for the repairs. This refund, which served as a large incentive for tax payers to make their homes more green and energy efficient, ended in 2011 and was not put back on the table in 2012. While refunds for some more major improvements extend until 2016, such as geothermal heat pumps, wind turbines, and solar energy systems, more manageable home repair credits, including those for adding insulation, window treatments, and energy efficient air conditioning units, were cut from government funding at the close of the 2011 tax cycle.
Along with slowly dwindling down what qualifies for these tax credits, Congress has also been dropping the rebate amount drastically over the last few years. In 2010, the maximum tax credit one could receive for these renovations would be $1,500, but that was changed to a lifetime cap of only $500 in 2011, meaning that if you were to move to a new property and do more repairs, you would not be able to claim anything if you had done more than $500 of repairs at your last place of residence. The disappearance of these energy efficient incentives likely mean that less and less Americans will think to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, or will be forced to pay extraordinarily high costs to institute these repairs. Sign this petition and urge members of Congress to vote in favor of extending this tax refund and help tax payers make their homes more energy efficient.
Dear United States Congress:
Creating a tax rebate incentive for homeowners who make energy efficient improvements on their homes was a fantastic way to motivate people to live greener. Without the program, the cost of instituting these home improvements is higher than many homeowners can afford. It has become clear in recent years, both with the decline in maximum rebate and the limited number of qualifying improvements, that this program is likely to be phased out.
The importance of this incentive program is why we write today to ask you to reinstitute past tax returns for homeowners who institute these clean energy changes in their homes. Most notably, we ask that you create an incentive program for homeowners who make improvements to window treatments, insulation, and more efficient air conditioning and heating units.
[Your Name Here]