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The residential energy tax credit expired with tax year 2016. Congress didn’t address this benefit in the new tax legislation signed into law in 2017. However, it’s possible that lawmakers may retroactively reinstate it in 2018.Here’s a detailed summary of the tax law changes.
A solar water heater uses the renewable thermal energy produced by the sun to warm water for your shower, washing machine, and dishwasher. Better yet, it does it at a fraction of the price of a conventional storage tank water heater. If you take the plunge and purchase a solar water heater, expect to see your home’s water-heating bill cut in half.
The financial attraction doesn’t end there. A federal energy tax credit that’s available through the end of 2016 allows homeowners to shave 30% off the cost of a solar water heater. Even new homes and second homes qualify.