While many people may consider energy efficient windows a luxury, however, in a press release dated July 14, 2009, then Colorado Governor, Bill Ritter announced that, “Gov. Bill Ritter and the Governor’s Energy Office will be applying for a portion of the $300 million announced today by the U.S. Department of Energy for home appliance rebates. Colorado will be eligible for $4.7 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that will be used to provide rebates for residents who purchase new ENERGY STAR qualified home appliances, such as furnaces and refrigerators.”
The release went on to say that Tax credits through the Recovery Act for installing energy efficient windows, doors, roofs, insulation, heating and air conditioning systems and water heaters. Homeowners can deduct up to $1,500 from their income taxes for eligible projects, are currently available.
ASAP ROOFING and the state of Colorado are not alone in recognizing and rewarding efforts toward sustainability, as the federal Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit, which is designed to cover 30 percent of the cost of energy efficiency measures like windows for up to $1,500, has been in effect as of 2011. In order to qualify, the windows must be installed on your primary home, and they must have a U-Factor and a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient of 0.30 or lower.
The U factor (the rate at which a home conducts non-solar heat, also known as the amount of heat loss through the home’s windows), and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (solar radiation that passes through the windows and then is transmitted into the home) aren’t the only considerations when it comes to energy efficient windows, however. Airflow (the amount of air that can pass through your windows) is also quite important, and when it comes to installation, the most frequently affected factor. That is to say that most homeowners who install windows on their own have no problem choosing the right windows, but fitting them correctly is another factor (mostly due to lack of professional installation tools).
But if your window doesn’t fit perfectly, there are still some options to improve efficiency and The U.S. Department of Energy recommends caulking and weatherstripping any leaks and adding storm windows in winter months to reduce airflow from cold winds – ASAP ROOFING does this regularly. Green Living expert, Kimbra Cutlip seconds this sentiment, “Properties that contribute to energy efficiency include low-E glass, which has a coating that reflects infrared light; low U-factor, which measures the window’s resistance to heat flow; quality frames and double or triple panes of glass that are kept apart with spacers made of insulating material; air or insulating gases, such as argon and krypton, which are more effective in the void between the panes; and durable framing material that is well sealed.”
Cutlip also cites the following Energy Star recommendations for each region: Northern — U-factor of 0.30 or less, but it can be slightly more if SHGC is 0.35 or higher. North Central — U-factor of 0.32 or less; SHGC of 0.4 or less. South Central — U-factor of 0.35 or less; SHGC of 0.3 or less. Southern — U-factor of 0.6 or less; SHGC of 0.27 or less.
Although these Tax credits are currently not available, it is always wise to improve the efficiency of your home. ASAP ROOFING will be glad to inspect your home free of charge. We primarily look at attic insulation, and windows for the biggest return on investment.
So if you are interested in just how energy efficient windows can save you money, boost your home’s value and improve the overall appearance, give ASAP ROOFING, sustainable home experts, a call, or visit them at www.asaproofing.com
Written by Nick Dorotik
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