Answers to your questions about gardening, energy, homesteading and other sustainable living topics.
I purchased and had installed an outdoor wood burner. Is this considered for energy credits on my income tax return?
Catherine, there is a useful and informative website, DSIRE: Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency, that lists by state the Federal and State incentives for renewable energy and energy-efficient products.
Here is the specific language in the Federal Personal Tax Credit section related to wood-burning appliances:
Heating, Cooling and Water-Heating Equipment
Taxpayers who purchase qualified residential energy-efficient property are eligible for a tax credit worth 30 percent of the system cost, including labor costs. The credit may also be applied to labor costs for assembly and original installation of eligible property. The following types of equipment are eligible:
- Electric heat pump water heaters
- Electric heat pumps
- Central air conditioners
- Natural gas, propane or oil water heaters
- Natural gas, propane or oil furnace or hot water boilers
- Advanced main air circulating fans
- Biomass stoves that use “plant-derived fuel available on a renewable or recurring basis, including agricultural crops and trees, wood and wood waste and residues (including wood pellets), plants (including aquatic plants), grasses, residues, and fibers”
— Heidi Hunt, assistant editor