Green building, energy efficiency, solar energy, tax credits
and helpful links
Simply put, green buildings are designed and constructed to
be the healthiest possible for people and the planet.
Green Principles to Follow
- Resource Conservation
- Build with durability in mind and long-term use.
- Look for recycled, local or regionally produced
- Reuse or recycle construction waste and if
remodeling, donate usable items to non-profits.
- Minimize urban sprawl and retain key environmental
- Indoor Environmental Quality
- Provide a healthy and comfortable indoor
- Incorporate day lighting and good ventilation.
- Select building products, finishes and furnishings
carefully to reduce or eliminate VOC's.
- Configure your ventilation to introduce fresh air
when running. Ask your HVAC contractor.
- Water Conservation
- Incorporate EPA's WaterSense labeled toilets,
showerheads and faucets.
- When buying a clothes washer or dishwasher, check
the Consortium for Energy Efficiency Web site to compare
water use (www.cee1.org) between models.
- Use Xeriscape principles for your landscape
including low-water using plants and efficient drip
irrigation to reduce outdoor use.
- Don't forget to consider gray water or rainwater
harvesting systems for landscape irrigation as well and
permeable pavement for surfaces.
- Livable Communities
- Connect with community through front porches and
community open space or natural areas.
- Create a home for long-term living regardless of
- Consider affordability and access to community
- Energy Efficiency
- Incorporate effective insulation, high performance
windows, tight construction and ducts, efficient heating
and cooling equipment and EPA's ENERGY STAR lighting,
appliances and electronics.
- Install or change out to fluorescent or LED
- Consider site orientation and landscape shading
- Once you have an efficient home, consider renewable
energy such as solar hot water or solar electric
Find more at these sites:
Being more efficient with your energy use is one of the most
important ways to save money and reduce your carbon footprint.
Find these helpful sites:
Solar hot water makes perfect sense in the desert. Once you
have an energy efficient home, consider adding a solar electric
Solar and energy efficient tax credits/
incentives / rebates
Everyone is looking for ways to save money these days. But,
the following rebates and incentives have the added advantage of
doing the planet a favor. Be sure to take advantage of these
offers soon as they may not be available for long.
Tax Credits and Rebates Overview
Energy Saving Project
Energy Performance Evaluation
Find energy saving opportunities. Includes 10 CFL's for
Just $99 (a $500 value) for an SRP Home Performance
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Discounts available at
participating stores for CFL's
Shade Screens $.80/sq. ft.
ENERGY STAR qualified
Refrigerators $50 free pick
up & recycle old unit
Up to 30% of cost less
the SRP incentive
25% of cost capped at $1,000 per residence
$ .30/kWh of estimated first year energy savings
Energy Efficient Swimming Pool
SEER of 15, 16 or 17
Duct sealing, etc.
$200 - 15 SEER
$300 - 16 SEER
$400 - 17 SEER
$75 toward duct testing and up
$175 toward duct repairs
Provide part or all
30% of cost, up to $500
per .5 kW
25% up to $1,000
$.05/watt for residential up
to $250 depending on availability.
Check SRP site for commercial.City
of Mesa Electric Customers - see below.*
Natural Gas Rebates: Not included in the table above are rebates
from your Natural Gas provider. The City of Mesa Gas Utility
rebates for the purchase of new gas water
heaters ($25) and pool or spa heaters ($50) If you are a
customer of Southwest Gas, they provide
natural gas or energy saving appliances. See more details below. Natural gas, while not a renewable resource, does provide more value
for your energy dollar.
*While SRP is the dominant electric provider for Mesa
residents, the City of Mesa supplies electric service to about
16,000 customers in the 5.5 square mile area centered in
downtown Mesa .
Solar Pilot Program
has been approved through June 2015 for City of Mesa electric
customers. The new program offers up to $1,000 for qualified residential
customers and $15,000 for qualified
Federal tax credits for energy efficiency measures were
reduced substantially in 2012. Visit the
website on energy
efficient federal rebates for more information:
A 30% tax credit is available for clean energy generation
with no upper limit through 2016. New and existing homes are
eligible for the credit on the following items:
- Geothermal heat pumps
- Solar panels
- Solar water heaters
- Small wind energy systems
- Fuel cells
Tax credits are also available on some fuel efficient vehicles. To get
the complete list and amount of credit available for each
vehicle visit the Department of Energy
Fuel Economy Site.
Find more information on energy efficient federal rebates at
State tax credits are currently available for residential
solar energy systems. They will provide 25% of the cost of the
system up to $1,000.
Arizona Commerce Authority offers renewable energy
income tax credits and property tax reductions for businesses.
For a complete database of all state incentives for renewable
and efficiency implementation or upgrades, visit
DSIRE Website (Database of State Incentives for Renewables &
Salt River Project (SRP) supplies electric service to over about 90% of Mesa
residents. SRP has lots of tips and assistance to reduce your
energy use. They also offer a variety of rebates and incentives
Find more information on saving energy, visit
For more information on solar incentives, visit
For solar electric and hot water incentives, see SRPs Commercial
Solar Energy Programs.
For saving energy on lighting, HVAC, motors and with audits,
City of Mesa Natural Gas Utility provides natural gas service to
more than 52,000 homes and businesses throughout Mesa and
portions of Pinal County. Natural gas is the cleanest of all
fossil fuels, and while it is not a renewable resource, it does
provide more value for your energy dollar. They offer the
- Gas water heater $25
- Gas swimming pool and spa heater $50
online or by calling Lucy Lopez at (480) 644-3683
Southwest Gas does service some Mesa residents.
Note: Effective January 20, 2014 the Arizona
Smarter Greener Better Residential Rebate Program was
closed pursuant to a recent decision by the Arizona Corporation
Commission. For remaining available rebates visit the
- For more information visit
SW Gas or call 1-866-802-7790
Updated: 01-23-2014, Please
with any updates