Commercial Lighting Tax Deduction Information

2007 is the last year, under the current provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, that commercial building owners will be able to take advantage of a tax deduction for expenditures to boost energy efficiency.

The deduction is limited to $1.80 per square foot of the property, with allowances for partial deductions for improvements in interior lighting, HVAC and hot water systems, and building envelope systems. The provision is effective for property placed in service from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2007.

To learn more, visit the following websites:

Lighting Quality from the Commercial Building Tax Deduction Coalition gives a helpful overview.

Information on Energy-Saving T8 and Super T8 Lamps is available here from the Commercial Building Tax Deduction Coalition.

DOE maintains a list of the qualified computer software for calculating energy savings for the Energy-Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction under the pertinent Internal Revenue Code here.

DOE offers software called COMcheck that calculates the percentage reduction in your project's Lighting Power Density (LPD) compared to Standard 90.1-2001. This standard forms the basis for the dollar value of the tax deduction. COMcheck can also be used to document compliance with the controls and wiring requirements of 90.1-2001. Find out more at the Building Energy Codes Resource Center here.

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Recycling Old Fluorescent Lamps

ep containersAn upgrade to modern, high-efficiency fluorescent lighting can generate energy cost-savings and higher light quality in the facility. But the old fluorescent lamps need to be recycled to keep their hazardous mercury content out of the environment.

EasyPak™ mail-in containers make it simple with prepaid shipping, optional Sustainable Program automatic reordering, and official online Certificates of Recycling. Learn more » EasyPak™ recycling containers

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