Electricians often have a chance to interact with customers, which may involve fielding questions about their energy management and the products they use, especially with residential or commercial renewable energy use surging.

Your customers may be curious about what kind of incentives are available to reduce the upfront cost of the project and reduce the payback period. However, it may be a struggle to know exactly which products are eligible for financial incentives on a state-by-state basis.

To help you keep track of state incentives for renewables and energy efficiency, there is a federally-run program called Database State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE).

The site, found at DSIREusa.org, is designed to identify the products that provide incentives for each state. These incentives are often available in the form of a tax break, rebate, loan or other types of financial incentives.

The DSIRE system, partially funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, has data on energy incentives and policies for every state in the United States, making it a comprehensive source for you to search for products for your customers.

How to Use the DSIRE Website and Why This Knowledge Can Help Contractors’ Businesses

In addition to searching for projects by state, the DSIRE website gives contractors easy-to-read summaries of rules and incentives set by federal and local governments. There is also information on the policies for major electric and gas utilities in the U.S., including Minnesota-based company Xcel Energy.

To search for incentives relevant to your state, you can click on a map found on the DSIRE site’s homepage and see information broken down by financial incentives and rules, regulations and policies for your state. You can also click on the “Search DSIRE” button to look at policies depending on the technology, sector or policy type you want to learn more about.

Tools like DSIRE can provide you with the knowledge and confidence to answer the questions your residential or commercial customers may have about renewable energy or energy-efficient incentives and products.

The DSIRE site also gives you the opportunity to take a proactive approach to learn about incentives before your customers ask about them. That can eventually help you grow their reputation and build credibility to attract even more customers.

Border States acts a resource beyond for contractors to improve their operations and help their customers. Let us know if you have any questions about tools like DSIRE that can make your work life a little bit easier.

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