Cash Back For Energy Improvements
Residents may qualify for up to $1,000 in cash rebates for energy efficient improvements under a new City of Fort Lauderdale program aimed at improving energy efficiency, protecting the environment and lowering monthly energy bills.
Rebates will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis for the purchase and installation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC), solar or gas on-demand water heaters, solar panels, Energy Star windows or doors and insulation. The program provides a 50% match of up to $1,000. The City plans to distribute $235,000 in federal grants.
How It Works
Residents submit a short application for program participation approval the includes an FPL Energy Survey Report, proof of owner occupancy, the type of improvement and a written estimate of the work. At the time of approval, the City will earmark the funds needed to issue your rebate check.
Approved applicants have four months to complete the work and submit a request for their rebate check along with the home improvement proof of purchase and permit documentation. If an applicant does not submit the rebate request within four months of approval, the unused funding will be reallocated to applicants who are placed on a waiting list.
This program is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program using funds allocated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. There is a limit of one rebate per household.
For more information and an application package, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/rebates or contact the 24-Hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000
This post was written by admin | February 14, 2011
Since, 1982 Aloha Air Conditioning Inc. has been family owned and operated. We know how hard it is to find professionally trained, high quality, reliable and honest people who are licensed and insured.
We know that there are many companies out there in our industry for you select from for your system replacement. That’s why, when you choose to contact us. We promise…
“To Provide the Highest Quality Service, At the Lowest Economical Cost to Our Customer”
We will never share your information with an outside source. We look forward to you contacting us, speaking with you and having the opportunity to prove why we are the right choice.
When you want the job done right, so you can live in comfort throughout the day and night!
This post was written by admin | February 1, 2011
ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) have a new website feature helps contractors and Consumers Find Energy Efficiency Incentives - this wonderful page is worth a look here is the link: http://www.acca.org/consumer/dsire
FP&L (Florida Power & Light) Residential A/C Rebate Schedule link:
Updated 04/26/12: The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to hear testimony today on various bills to extend the tax incentives that expired at the end of 2011 or will expire at the end of this year.
According to the Joint Tax Committee, there are approximately 70 tax incentives eligible for extension by Congress, many of them are targeted to help small business owners make capital investments in their businesses.
Members of the Congress will have the opportunity to testify in support of legislation to extend expiring tax provisions they have introduced or co-sponsored legislation this year. There is expected to be discussion of extending the tax credit for the installing higher efficiency HVAC equipment (Section 25C), construction of energy efficient homes (Section 45L), the 15 year straight line depreciation for qualified improvements to leasehold, restaurants, and retail buildings (Section 168), bonus depreciation for small businesses (Section 168), and increased expensing allowance to $500,000/$2,000,000 and expansion of Section 179.
As a member of the Residential Energy Efficient Tax Credit Industry Coalition, ACCA submitted testimony urging for the extension and expansion of the residential energy tax credit. The coalition is seeking a robust energy efficiency tax credit for qualified products, including furnaces, central air conditioners, and heat pumps, of 10 percent of the purchase price up to $1,000. The coalition believes that a $1,000 tax credit is generally the minimum incentive needed to motivate consumers to improve their homes by purchasing these higher-performing products, and to do so in sizable enough numbers to positively influence residential energy consumption.
To read the Member Proposals Related To Certain Tax Provisions That Either Expired In 2011 Or Will Expire In 2012, Click here. End of Update 04/26/12.
Updated 2/29/12: There is a bill circulating the Senate that, if passed, will create tax credits for consumers that reduce their energy usage by at least 20%. The bill establishes a $2,000 base credit for the first 20% decrease with a $500 stepend for each 5% reduction thereafter. The credit will be capped at $5,000 or 30% of the qualified expenditures, whichever is the lesser amount.
Experts have estimated that this bill will create about 19,000 jobs through contracting, supply, and manufacturing while saving 1.7 billion kilowatthours and 18 trillion Btu of fuel by 2016. This is enough energy to power 375,000 homes!
No one is sure if Congress will pass the bill as it does not identify where the funding will come from, but the fact that energy saving bills are still being considered in Congress is a good sign. This shows that the national mindset toward energy efficiency is changing, becoming more important to the everyday consumer. End of 2/29/12 update.
After hours of fitful debate, the House of Representatives passed the tax extender package last night by a vote of 277-148. President Obama is scheduled to sign it into law this afternoon. The new law will extend a number expired and expiring tax cuts and other incentives for individuals, families, small businesses, and investors.
If you listen to the news sound bites, everyone involved will says the bill is not perfect. Nearly every provision in the bill represents some form of compromise between Democrats and Republicans.
Included in the new law are the Section 25c tax credits, the official name for the energy tax credits available to eligible taxpayers who make qualified energy efficient retrofits to their homes. The tax credits are extended through 2011, but at a significantly reduced value and with changes made to some of the qualifying equipment standards.
Starting on January 1, 2011 and through December 31, 2011, an eligible homeowner can claim 10% of the costs, capped at $500, for the installation of qualified energy efficient improvements, subject to certain limits.
Under the new law, for HVAC and hot water equipment, the maximum a homeowner could claim is $300 for a qualified central air conditioner and heat pump, and $150 for a qualified furnace or hot water boiler, and $50 for any advanced main air circulating fan. The tax credit for qualified hot water heaters is limited to $300.
Beyond the change to the tax credit values, the new law will increase the qualifying standards for natural gas hot water boilers, propane hot water boilers, oil furnaces, and oil hot water boilers to 95% AFUE. The qualifying standards for natural gas furnaces and propane furnace remain at 95% AFUE.
The qualifying standard for central air conditioners and heat pumps, which were modified by the Stimulus bill in 2009, are not changed. Therefore, a central air conditioner must meet or exceed 16 SEER and 13 EER; and an air source heat pump must meet or exceed 15 SEER and 12.5 EER and 8.5 HSPF, in order to qualify for the tax credit.
Finally, the new law reinstates the lifetime credit caps, which disqualify any homeowner who has claimed more than $500 in 25c tax credits since January 1, 2005, from any further credits.
While the extension of the tax credits at a lower value is not ideal, it keeps the tax credits alive and leaves open the opportunity to change them in the next Congress and restore them to the $1,500 level. If the tax credits had not been included in the extender package, they would likely have disappeared forever.
This post was written by admin | December 20, 2010
If your A/C system is over 10 years old, needs frequent repairs or just doesn’t cool or heat like it used to, it may be time to replace it with a new high-efficiency model.
1. FPL can help you by providing:
2. How to qualify:
3. How you’ll benefit:
4. How to start:
This post was written by admin | December 18, 2010
Two-thirds of all homes have leaky ducts that go undetected. These leaks can cause your energy bill to go up and affect the comfort and air quality inside your home. The good news is, repairing leaky ducts is often fairly easy and inexpensive, especially with FPL’s and Aloha Air Conditioning’s help. Here’s what you need to know about your ductwork to avoid wasting energy and money.
1. What are leaky ducts?
2. What can you do?
3. How does it work?
- Up to $154.00 per central A/C system for single-family detached homes.
- $60.00 for multi-family, single-family attached homes, manufactured and mobile homes.
4. What are the qualifications for a Duct System Test?
5. How do you participate?
This post was written by admin | December 17, 2010
Maintain Proper Air Care
Your indoor air quality can be greatly affected by ventilation, dust, fumes from household products and smoke. To ensure the air inside your home is clean and safe, follow these simple tips:
1. Check your ductwork
2. Repair leaky ducts
3. Protect your air quality
4. Watch your fireplace
This post was written by admin | December 16, 2010
Because cooling and heating your home accounts for almost half of your annual energy cost, it’s important to make sure that your A/C system is operating properly and efficiently and that your ductwork is free of leaks.
That’s why Aloha Air Conditioning offers a variety of cooling and heating solutions designed to:
By following these tips, you can maximize your A/C system’s efficiency while saving energy and money along the way.
Making Your A/C System Work For You
To ensure your A/C system is working as efficiently as possible, here are some things you can do to get the most for your energy dollars:
1. Check your thermostat
2. Use fans
- 10’ x 10’ room or smaller = 36” fan
- 15’ x 20’ room = 52” fan
- Rooms larger then 15’x 20’ = two 52” fans
3. Keep your unit clean and clear
4. Maintain proper airflow through your system
5. Keep sunlight out during summer months
6. Install or upgrade insulation
7. Consider buying a new A/C unit
8. Maintain and service your unit regularly
This post was written by admin | December 15, 2010
Normally in the past, we never paid much mind to heating here in South Florida as we only really heated our homes or offices less than 72 hours a year. This past winter, in early January, we broke that old fact and turned up the temperature on our thermostats as the temperatures outside shot down. We are the best heating service company. Contact us (954) 772 0079 today and we will prove it to you.
Well here we go again, not even a year has passed and we are doing it again. Let us help you stay safe and warm. Some people had found that they never even had their heaters installed or connected. Some even found out that the wire size in their home was not sufficient to handle any heater of any size.
If you find yourself left out in the cold by your prior a/c heating service company or the guy down the street that was doing you a favor, don’t worry, we will gladly be the companyto come to the rescue and ensure that you are safe and warm to make it comfortably thought the rest of what we anticipate to be a harsh season here in South West Palm Beach, Broward and North Miami-dade counties.
Give us a call (954) 772 – 0079 now. We promise to treat you right.
This post was written by admin | December 13, 2010
1. What do good central air units have in common?
The best equipment are efficient, operating on minimal electricity to hold utility bills down. They provide steady, dependable performance year after year. When properly maintained a good systems is quiet, long-lasting and low in service needs.
2. How can I be sure my Unit is the right size?
Obviously, an air conditioner that’s too small won’t keep your home sufficiently cool. What many do not realize is that an over-sized system will cycle (turn on and off) more than necessary, wasting expensive energy and possibly putting undue strain on the compressor.
We will specify the cooling capacity of the system in either Btu/h (British thermal units of heat removed per hour) or refrigeration tons (one ton being equal to 12,000 Btu/h).
Please feel free to request more information. Leave a comment. Tell us, what you thought about the information you found on this page of our website?
This post was written by admin | November 29, 2010
We asked our staff to write a few words about why they felt you should choose Aloha A/C over the rest of our HVAC competition.
Tim Flaherty responded first by writing “Loyalty, Honestly & Service Oriented“. Tim has been providing free Estimates on replacement equipment for Aloha Air Conditioning since 1985.
Rodrick Phillips had this to say “ All of our technicians are HVAC certified and mechanically inclined. Aloha is a customer based service and repair company always looking for a way to provide the needed service while saving customers money. “ Rod has over 40 years of experience and has been performing prevenitive maintenance and air duct cleanings since he came on board.
Edna Barry the back bone of the behind the scenes at aloha air had the following statement to add. “Aloha AC was founded on the foundation of (If you want the job done right) After 28 going on 29 years. The Aloha team has treated their heating and cooling customers as part of our family!”
Sheree Farrier also took the time to chime in with ” Our Loyalty to our customers, Our fast response time, Our reputation and the fact that when Parts are needed We make every attempt to deliver them and get your HVAC system running again the same day!” Sheree has been the first to answer the phone for the pasted 15 years. Some may even think she’s the owner.
Keep checking back and see what others have to say as we add them.
This post was written by admin | November 23, 2010