We receive a lot of questions from readers about the affordability of renewable energy alternatives, such as solar and wind and other ways to conserve energy such as buying energy efficient appliances or adding insulation.
They usually want to know if there are state or federal incentives and rebates to help them offset the costs.
There is a wonderful Web site run by the North Carolina Solar Center, The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE), which is an overview of state, federal, local and utility incentives, rebates, exemptions and loan programs in each state. Within each state’s sections are links to other offices and Web sites for further information.
If you are just beginning to gather information on the possibility of investing in a renewable energy system or upgrading your home to be more energy efficient, then you will want to spend time reading your state’s information on the DSIRE Web site.