Tax Credits

Depending on the type of system or product purchased, it is possible to qualify for a tax credit of up to $1,500 on your 2010 income tax return.

30% Tax Credit on Solar

Solar products, including Solar Attic Fans, qualify for a Federal Tax Credit of 30% with No Cap. Products such as A/C Systems and Insulation have a federal imposed cap of $1500 for the tax credit, but this cap does not apply for solar products. We offer solar attic fans that can help keep your attic ventilated and reduce your energy bills throughout the summer. .

Windows

Windows can be one of your home’s most attractive features. Windows provide views, daylighting, ventilation, and solar heating in the winter. Unfortunately, they can also account for 10% to 25% of your heating bill. During the summer, your air conditioner must work harder to cool hot air from sunny windows. Install ENERGY STAR windows and use curtains and shade to give your air conditioner and energy bill a break. If you live in the Sun Belt, look into low-e windows, which can cut the cooling load by 10% to 15%.

Cold-Climate Window Tips

  • Install tight-fitting, insulating window shades on your windows that are feeling drafty after weatherizing.
  • Close your curtains and shades at night; open them during the day
  • Keep windows on the south side of your house clean to let in the winter sun.
  • Repair and weatherize your current storm windows, if necessary.

Warm-Climate Windows Tips

  1. Install white window shades, drapes, or blinds to reflect heat away from the house.
  2. Close curtains on south- and west-facing windows during the day.
  3. Install awnings on south- and west-facing windows.
  4. Apply sun-control or other reflective films on south-facing windows to reduce solar gain.

Heating & Cooling

Heating and cooling your home uses more energy and drains more energy dollars than any other system in your home. Typically, 43% of your utility bill goes for heating and cooling. What’s more, heating and cooling systems in the United States together emit 150 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year, adding to global climate change. They also generate about 12% of the nation’s sulfur dioxide and 4% of the nitrogen oxides, the chief ingredients in acid rain.

No matter what kind of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system you have in your house, you can save money and increase your comfort by properly maintaining and upgrading your equipment. But remember, an energy-efficient furnace alone will not have as great an impact on your energy bills as using the whole-house approach. By combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with appropriate insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can cut your energy use for heating and cooling, and reduce environmental emissions, from 20% to 50%.

Insulation

Checking your home’s insulation is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to use a whole-house approach to reduce energy waste and make the most of your energy dollars. A good insulating system includes a combination of products and construction techniques that protect a home from outside hot or cold temperatures, protect it against air leaks, and control moisture. You can increase the comfort of your home while reducing your heating and cooling needs by investing in proper insulation and sealing air leaks.

Should I Insulate my Home?

  • You have an older home and haven’t added insulation. Only 20% of homes built before 1980 are well insulated.
  • You are uncomfortably cold in the winter or hot in the summer—adding insulation creates a more uniform temperature and increases comfort.
  • You build a new home, addition, or install new siding or roofing.
  • You pay high energy bills.
  • You are bothered by noise from outside—insulation muffles sound.