Free Nov. 9 virtual event to focuses on funding home electrification projects
A local climate group will host a free virtual community discussion intended to highlight new federal tax incentives and rebates for homeowners who make energy improvements, according to a news release.
The event, hosted by Ashland Climate Collaborative volunteer group Electrify Ashland Now! will be held on Zoom from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9. Guests will include Cora Wyent, a researcher at nonprofit Rewiring America, and Ashland home energy consultants Ben Scott and John Spillman, the release said.
Participants must register to attend at us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqcu2rrzIiGtUUfoXFkcD252UBE-cEHgaL.
The virtual event will cover how the federal Inflation Reduction Act passed in August can help with tax incentives on home electrification projects, and event organizers hope to answer questions about how and where to start. Homeowners can reap up to $8,000 in rebates for installing a heat pump heating and cooling system, $2,500 for rewiring a house, or $840 for installing an induction range. Incentives for electric vehicles, solar installation, batter backup and more are included in the legislation.
“It’s not a trivial thing to replace a gas furnace or hot water heater. Many of these energy upgrades are projects that will take time, money, and expertise to undertake,” said Electrify Ashland Now! member Richard Barth. “We hope that we can help homeowners figure out how to prioritize projects, to know what their installation and operation costs will be, and to understand that their efforts will help Ashland and the world meet its emissions reductions goals.”