Upgrading to more energy-efficient appliances is not a new trend or a unique idea. Most people know they can buy a dishwasher that uses half as much water or a microwave that uses less electricity.

These purchases do save energy and therefore money, but they also require start-up costs. Installation, warranties and delivery fees all add to the initial payment. Sometimes, it takes a lot of green to go green.

Why We’re Asking:

In an effort to alleviate some of the financial burden of switching to appliances and gadgets that will save energy, many city, county, state and even federal programs offer discounted or free products to homeowners. From tax breaks on solar panel systems to free LED light bulb giveaways, we’re looking to find out how to get energy-efficient on the cheap.

So electrical experts, it’s time to weigh in:

How Can Homeowners Save On Energy Efficient Upgrades?

What are some freebies I can take advantage of for making my home more energy efficient?
Tax breaks?
Free inspections?
Surplus power credits?
Free energy efficient light bulbs?

Next week, we’ll post a summary article on all the best energy freebies.

Experts, post your answers in the comment field below!