Energy Tax Credits (and rebates too!)


Total Savings:

  • The combination of Energy Conservation Credits and Rebates can pay 30 to 60% of your energy conservation measures.
  • The combination of Renewable Energy Credits can pay 30 to 40% of your new solar or wind system.
  • In addition, Energy Savings of 30 to 60% are commonly achieved.  Long term savings are substantial as energy prices increase.


So, make a plan to save a lot of money!

  • Start with an Energy Audit.  Identify where your house is losing energy.  Estimate the cost of improvements.  Then decide which measures make sense for you.
  • Schedule the work with an experienced contractor.
  • Enjoy a warmer, less expensive home all winter.


Chinese style Solar Greenhouse

 Imagine, as a market gardener, growing fresh, organic food all year in Montana without any fossil fuels. Tomatoes into November and December, new greens starting in February. These off season crops offer higher profit margins because the alternative for consumers is the tired produce in the grocery stores.

The Chinese started developing solar greenhouses in the 1970's and now have over 3 million acres of them.  Their mature design grows vegetables year-round and is energy self sufficient up to the 42nd parallel.

We are currently working with a Montana market gardener to build a commercial solar greenhouse next year. Our goals are to use the Chinese model and proportions but adapt to our local materials and building practices.  We know that the building will have to perform well, but also be inexpensive enough to make the economics work.

Please call or write if you have interest in a similar project.



Jim Baerg Montana Energy+Design
223 S. 5th St.
Livingston, MT 59047