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Most Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions.  If we do not address your questions here, please feel to email or call us at (808) 847-0851.

Consumer Energy Efficiency

What is included in the Tax Credit?

Tax Credit: 30% of cost up to $1,500
Expires: December 31, 2010

Must be an existing home & your principal residence. New construction and rentals do not qualify.

Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning (HVAC)
An Advanced Main Air Circulating Fan is an efficient fan, or blower motor which blows the air that your furnace heats up through the duct system.

Must use no more than 2% of the furnace's total energy. Note: If the fan is qualified, but the furnace is not, you will not be able to take 30% off the cost of the entire furnace. Ask your HVAC contractor to break out the cost of the fan in your bill. You can get a 30% tax credit on the cost of the fan alone.

Tax Credit includes installation costs.

Air Source Heat Pumps

Air Source Heat Pump Honolulu Hawaii

Heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners in moderate climates. Like your refrigerator, heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space into a warm, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. During the heating season, heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house; during the cooling season, heat pumps move heat from your cool house into the warm outdoors. Because they move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide up to 4 times the amount of energy they consume.

Split Systems:
HSPF ≥ 8.5
EER ≥ 12.5
SEER ≥ 15

Package systems:
HSPF ≥ 8
EER ≥ 12
SEER ≥ 14

Tax Credit includes installation costs.

Central Air Conditioning (CAC)

Central air conditioning CAC

The best way to find tax credit eligible CACs is to ask your HVAC Contractor (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning). To verify tax credit eligibility, ask your HVAC contractor to provide the Manufacturer Certification Statement for the equipment you plan to purchase. Or, search the Manufacturer's website.


Split Systems:
SEER ≥ 16
EER ≥ 13

Package systems:
SEER ≥ 14
EER ≥ 12

Tax Credit includes installation costs.

Window Unit Air Conditioners

Window Unit Air Conditioners are not eligible for tax credit.  Only Central Air Conditioners are eligible for the tax credit.


insulation honolulu hawaii Adding adequate insulation is one of the most cost-effective home improvements that you can do.

Typical bulk insulation products can qualify, such as batts, rolls, blow-in fibers, rigid boards, expanding spray, and pour-in-place.

Products that air seal (reduce air leaks) can also qualify, as long as they come with a Manufacturers Certification Statement, including:

  • Weather stripping
  • Spray foam in a can, designed to air seal
  • Caulk designed to air seal
  • House wrap

Tax Credit does NOT include installation costs. But, you can install the insulation/home sealing yourself and get the credit

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