In St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles Counties, residential consumers may have to bear the brunt of the Department of Energy and the U.S. Environment Protection Agency’s (EPA) new standards for commercial and industrial buildings requirements slated for 2014. As natural gas, coal and other energy providers will have to meet certain standards to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, there is speculation that these costs will be passed onto consumers. This means that homeowners across America could pay up to 30 percent more in heating and cooling costs.
With a few remaining rebates, it’s not too late to cash in on some of these tax credits or consider s geothermal systems to offset the portending utility hikes.
Homes with a furnace more than 12-years old, qualify for a tax rebate of up to $150 from Ameren Missouri for the purchase of an ENERGY STAR qualified natural gas furnace 92 percent AFUE. (These tax incentives are due to expire at the end of 2012). It is notable that furnaces, manufactured prior to 2000--expend more energy to warm the home than Energy Star-qualified models.
Tankless water heater
Water heaters contribute to the second largest energy use in the home. [Source:
A source from the Energy Star Web site reports that Ameren Missouri is also offering $125 or 50 off of the water heater with a mail-in rebate. Please click tankless water heater to read more.
Geothermal systems are definitely a quantifiable means of energy savings. Storing warm and cool air underground in vertical or horizontal coils, geothermal systems reduce approximately a third of annual energy costs. Moreover, residential homeowners attain up to 30 percent on all parts and labor associated with geothermal system installations.
Contact, Hoffmann Brothers, serving St. Louis County, St. Charles County for an energy audit heating and cooling bid quote.