Green building, energy efficiency, solar energy, tax credits and helpful links

Simply put, green buildings are designed and constructed to be the healthiest possible for people and the planet.


Green Principles to Follow
  1. Resource Conservation
    • Build with durability in mind and long-term use.
    • Look for recycled, local or regionally produced building materials.
    • Reuse or recycle construction waste and if remodeling, donate usable items to non-profits.
    • Minimize urban sprawl and retain key environmental assets.
  2. Indoor Environmental Quality
    • Provide a healthy and comfortable indoor environment.
    • Incorporate day lighting and good ventilation.
    • Select building products, finishes and furnishings carefully to reduce or eliminate VOC's.
    • Configure your ventilation to introduce fresh air when running. Ask your HVAC contractor.
  3. Water Conservation
    • Incorporate EPA's WaterSense labeled toilets, showerheads and faucets.
    • When buying a clothes washer or dishwasher, check the Consortium for Energy Efficiency Web site to compare water use ( between models.
    • Use Xeriscape principles for your landscape including low-water using plants and efficient drip irrigation to reduce outdoor use.
    • Don't forget to consider gray water or rainwater harvesting systems for landscape irrigation as well and permeable pavement for surfaces.
  4. Livable Communities
    • Connect with community through front porches and community open space or natural areas.
    • Create a home for long-term living regardless of age.
    • Consider affordability and access to community services.
  5. Energy Efficiency
    • Incorporate effective insulation, high performance windows, tight construction and ducts, efficient heating and cooling equipment and EPA's ENERGY STAR lighting, appliances and electronics.
    • Install or change out to fluorescent or LED lighting.
    • Consider site orientation and landscape shading (passive-solar principles).
    • Once you have an efficient home, consider renewable energy such as solar hot water or solar electric systems.

Find more at these sites:


Energy Efficiency

Being more efficient with your energy use is one of the most important ways to save money and reduce your carbon footprint.

Find these helpful sites:


Solar Energy

Solar hot water makes perfect sense in the desert. Once you have an energy efficient home, consider adding a solar electric system, too.


Solar and energy efficient tax credits/ incentives / rebates

Everyone is looking for ways to save money these days. But, the following rebates and incentives have the added advantage of doing the planet a favor. Be sure to take advantage of these offers soon as they may not be available for long.

Tax Credits and Rebates Overview

Energy Saving Project




SRP Utility*

Energy Performance Evaluation Find energy saving opportunities. Includes 10 CFL's for your home       Just $99 (a $500 value) for an SRP Home Performance Evaluation


Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL's)

Discounts available at participating stores for CFL's

Windows/Shade Screens/Doors

Shade Screens

Shade Screens $.80/sq. ft.


ENERGY STAR qualified


Refrigerators $50 free pick up & recycle old unit

Water Heater


Up to 30% of cost less the SRP incentive

25% of cost capped at $1,000 per residence

$ .30/kWh of estimated first year energy savings

Energy Efficient Swimming Pool Pumps

Variable-speed pumps



Heating/Ventilation/AC (HVAC)

Duct Sealing

SEER of 15, 16 or 17


 Duct sealing, etc.


$200 - 15 SEER

$300 - 16 SEER

$400 - 17 SEER

$75 toward duct testing and up to $175 toward duct repairs

Solar Electric

Provide part or all

renewable energy

30% of cost, up to $500 per .5 kW

25% up to $1,000

$.05/watt for residential up to $250 depending on availability. Check SRP site for commercial.City of Mesa Electric Customers - see below.*

Natural Gas Rebates: Not included in the table above are rebates from your Natural Gas provider. The City of Mesa Gas Utility currently provides rebates for the purchase of new gas water heaters ($25) and pool or spa heaters ($50) If you are a customer of Southwest Gas, they provide rebates for natural gas or energy saving appliances. See more details below. Natural gas, while not a renewable resource, does provide more value for your energy dollar.

*While SRP is the dominant electric provider for Mesa residents, the City of Mesa supplies electric service to about 16,000 customers in the 5.5 square mile area centered in downtown Mesa .

A new Solar Pilot Program has been approved through June 2015 for City of Mesa electric customers. The new program offers up to $1,000 for qualified residential customers and $15,000 for qualified commercial customers.   

FEDERAL REBATES                                                                                                                

Federal tax credits for energy efficiency measures were reduced substantially in 2012. Visit the website on energy efficient federal rebates for more information:

A 30% tax credit is available for clean energy generation with no upper limit through 2016. New and existing homes are eligible for the credit on the following items:

  • Geothermal heat pumps
  • Solar panels
  • Solar water heaters
  • Small wind energy systems
  • Fuel cells


Tax credits are also available on some fuel efficient vehicles. To get the complete list and amount of credit available for each vehicle visit the Department of Energy Fuel Economy Site.

Find more information on energy efficient federal rebates at

STATE REBATES                                                                                                                          

State tax credits are currently available for residential solar energy systems. They will provide 25% of the cost of the system up to $1,000.


The Arizona Commerce Authority offers renewable energy income tax credits and property tax reductions for businesses.

For a complete database of all state incentives for renewable and efficiency implementation or upgrades, visit the DSIRE Website (Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency)


UTILITY REBATES                                                                                                                      

Salt River Project (SRP) supplies electric service to over about 90% of Mesa residents. SRP has lots of tips and assistance to reduce your energy use. They also offer a variety of rebates and incentives for customers.

Residential Customers:
Find more information on saving energy, visit

For more information on solar incentives, visit

Commercial Customers:
For solar electric and hot water incentives, see SRPs Commercial Solar Energy Programs.

For saving energy on lighting, HVAC, motors and with audits, visit the SRP BIZ site.


City of Mesa Natural Gas Utility provides natural gas service to more than 52,000 homes and businesses throughout Mesa and portions of Pinal County. Natural gas is the cleanest of all fossil fuels, and while it is not a renewable resource, it does provide more value for your energy dollar. They offer the following rebates:

  • Gas water heater $25
  • Gas swimming pool and spa heater $50

Find more information online or by calling Lucy Lopez at (480) 644-3683

Southwest Gas
does service some Mesa residents. Note: Effective January 20, 2014 the Arizona Smarter Greener Better Residential Rebate Program was closed pursuant to a recent decision by the Arizona Corporation Commission. For remaining available rebates visit the SW Gas website.

  • For more information visit SW Gas or call 1-866-802-7790
    Updated: 01-23-2014, Please contact us with any updates



Green Mesa Home

Environmental & Sustainability
City of Mesa
55 N. Center Street
Mesa, AZ 85201

Contact Us
480-644-4774 Fax


City Site Links

Air Quality & Transportation


Land Use

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


Related Links

US Department of Energy
Energy Star Appliances

Solar Incentives and Regulations

SRP Energy Saving Tips

ASU Sustainability
Maricopa County Green Government

Local First Arizona

Cell Phone Recycling
Earth Day Homepage

Sustainability Dictionary

U.S. Green Building Council

Green Home Guide
Sustainable Living Handbook, A Citizen's Guide to Thoughtful Living

Valley Metro
Mesa Bike Map & Information

Maricopa County Bike Map

Clean Air Make More

Water Use it Wisely
Arizona Municipal Water Users Association

Arizona Department of Water Resources

(Stormwater Outreach for Regional Municipalities)
Urban Runoff
EPA WaterSense
Watering the Sun Corridor
Layperson's Guide to AZ Water

Climate Change
Climate Change Handbook, A Citizen's Guide to Thoughtful Action
FAQ's about Global Warming, EPA