The federal government offers a tax credit to homeowners who make energy-efficient improvements to their homes. This includes windows and doors. Your new windows must meet certain requirements to qualify. The maximum onetime federal tax credit combined for 2012-2013 cannot exceed $500.
2012-2013 Tax Credit Amount:
10% of the cost, up to $200 cap on Windows
10% of the cost, up to $500 cap on Doors
Requirements: Products must be ENERGY STAR qualified
The IRS requires the windows to have a U-Factor of .32 or less and a SHGC factor of .30 or less to qualify as energy efficient. Save the stickers from your windows after installation to show proof of energy rating if needed. You will also need a manufactures proof of purchase certificate to give to your tax preparer.
You do not have to replace all the windows and doors in your home to qualify for the tax credit. And it doesn’t need to be just a “replacement” window to qualify. Installing a new window or door where there wasn’t one previously (as in an addition) qualifies as well.
Tax credit does not include installation costs.
What is ENERGY STAR?
ENERGY STAR is the trusted, government-backed symbol for energy efficiency helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices.
The ENERGY STAR label was established to:
• Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy.
• Make it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features, and comfort.
For more information on Energy Star qualified products, call us at 757-399-5464.