Sealing and insulating ductwork
, especially where ducts are in unheated spaces like attics and crawlspaces, can save energy and increase comfort.
Sealing existing ductwork or installing a new duct system in your
Oregon home may be eligible for a Residential Energy Tax Credit or a cash payment through our SHOW Program.
New ductwork or newly-sealed ductwork must meet certain qualifications to earn a Residential Energy Tax Credit, valued at up to $250.
You will need to have a Performance Tested Comfort System , Air Conditioning Contractors of America Association (ACCA) , or Oregon Department of Energy-approved technician install your system.
Your installer should ensure your ductwork meets Bonneville Power Administration's Prescriptive Duct Sealing Specifications.
RETC Program Sunset
To qualify for a tax credit:
- RETC devices must be purchased by December 31, 2017;
- Devices must be operational by April 1, 2018; and
- ODOE must receive your application no later than June 1, 2018.
If you plan to transfer your tax credit, ODOE must receive the pass-through application on or before June 1, 2018. Please review the RETC Administrative Rules
for more information about program eligibility and requirements.
After installation and testing, your contractor will send you the RETC application. Fill in the missing information, including any other incentives you are receiving, sign the application, and send it to the Oregon Department of Energy along with your itemized receipt.
If your home is primarily heated by oil, propane, kerosene, butane, or wood, you may be eligible for a cash payment through the SHOW program if you seal and insulate the ductwork in your home. Homes primarily heated with natural gas or electric heat do not qualify for SHOW cash payments.
The cash payment is valued at 50 percent of the total cost of the work, up to $200 ($2,500 for Community Action Agencies).
The ductwork must meet Bonneville Power Association's Prescriptive Duct Sealing Specifications.
Please Note: Administration of the SHOW program will move to Oregon Housing & Community Services (OHCS) in January 2018.
After completing the ductwork, fill out the SHOW Application
and send to the Oregon Department of Energy. Please include your completed Energy Audit Checklist and a copy of your itemized receipt. Your installer should also provide a a Performance Tested Comfort System
Applications are available for owner-occupied homes, rental homes, and Community Action Agencies (see Resources on this page).