Understanding the Monetary Benefits of the Inflation Reduction Act



The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in the US includes rebates and tax credits aimed at helping citizens purchase electric vehicles (EVs), solar equipment, and energy-efficient appliances. A tool created by electrification nonprofit Rewiring America allows users to calculate an estimate of what they could save under these new provisions. Meanwhile, a total of $8.5 billion in electrification and energy efficiency rebates provided by the IRA are set to be distributed to states, territories, and the District of Columbia, with some of these rebates expected to be available by the end of 2023 and throughout 2024.

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Benefits

The IRA offers a free electric bank account, filled with rebates and tax credits for Americans to buy everything from EVs to solar and electrical appliances. Check out this user-friendly IRA savings calculator from Rewiring America.

Rewiring America

Rewiring America, an electrification nonprofit, is dedicated to simplifying and promoting electrification. Using their savings calculator, I confirmed the 30% tax credit for solar, battery storage, and our electrical panel upgrade.

Electrification Journey

I found myself educating electricians, heat pump installers, and car dealerships about the new tax credits. They were eager to learn about the IRA rebates and tax credits. The calculator confirmed our 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 qualified for the full $7,500 tax credit.

Inflation Reduction Act Rebates

On July 27, 2023, the US Department of Energy (DOE) introduced guidelines to apply for their share of $8.5 billion in electrification and energy efficiency rebates from the IRA. Rebates include home electrification, appliance rebates for low-income households, and a home efficiency rebates program.

IRA Savings Calculator

Familiarize yourself with the IRA savings calculator. Once you’ve entered your details, you get a personalized list of incentives, tax credits, and upfront discounts. I created a test case with the ‘Smith family’ and found out they qualify for $15,600 in instant tax credits and an estimated annual energy savings of $1,500.


Rebates, or what Rewiring America calls “upfront discounts”, are based on area median income. The Smith’s are set to qualify for great rebates when they’re released in Pennsylvania next year. For instance, they’d get a substantial discount for an induction stove.

Other Resources

Rewiring America also provides an online guide to the IRA, “Go electric! (now)”. Access it here.

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