When planning home improvement projects, it is wise to investigate your eligibility for rebates, discounts and other incentives that might help you reduce your overall costs. Among the most common programs available to homeowners are those promoted by various levels of government in support of conserving energy and the environment. While installing a modern energy-efficient lighting or HVAC system will definitely save you money in the long run, it requires a large initial investment. So, it makes sense to determine whether there are government sponsored programs that will reward you when you are ready to make that initial investment. As well, some manufacturers, retailers and contractors might promote their products and services at special prices in support of such incentives, and might even help you with rebate applications. Of course, you will need to do some homework by checking with your municipal, regional and federal offices, but it is better to know before you start your renovation than to find out afterwards that you missed out.