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Save Hundreds on Energy-Saving Upgrades with these 2011 Federal Tax Credits: Part 1

Posted on Friday, August 12 2011

You can increase the value of your home while saving on your electric bill by adding energy-efficient devices to your home. There are several types of federal tax credits that you can take advantage of. This is part 1 in our 3-part series exploring Federal Tax Credits that you qualify for.

Part 1 Tax Credit: Qualify for savings of 10% of cost (up to $500), or a specific amount from $50 – $300

Requirements: Must be an existing home and your principal place of residence (the home where you live most of the time). Rentals and new construction homes do not qualify. Expires on December 31st, 2011.

This tax credit applies to the following energy-saving upgrades and additions:

Biomass Stove

Biomass stoves - these stoves burn biomass fuels such as crops, trees and wood waste to heat a home or stove. Tax credit: $300

Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Energy efficient air source heat pumps – heat pumps are a great alternative to traditional heaters. Tax credit: $300

Advanced main circulating fans – this efficient fan or blower motor helps push heat from your furnace through your air ducts. Tax credit: $50

Central air conditioning units – a more energy efficient Central Air Conditioning (CAC) unit will help you to start saving money on your next electric bill. Tax credit: $300

Natural gas, propane or oil water heaters – these water heaters for your home cost less and have less of an environmental impact. Tax credit: $150

Natural gas, propane or oil furnaces – this furnaces combusts these fuel sources to generate heat for your home. Tax credit: $150


Bulk insulation products – insulating your home is a great way to save money year-round in heating and cooling costs. Tax credit: 10% of the cost, up to $500

Metal and Asphalt Roofing

Qualifying new roofing systems – these materials reflect more of the sun’s rays, keeping your home cooler. Tax credit: 10% of the cost, up to $500

Water Heaters (Excluding Solar)

Natural gas, propane, oil or qualifying electric water heaters – water heaters account for 14-25% of your home’s energy consumption. Reduce this consumption quickly and easily with energy-efficient water heaters. Tax credit: $300

Windows and Doors

Efficient windows and doors – these windows and doors seal better and help to contain your home’s air conditioning or heat. They also look great! Tax credit: 10% of the cost, up to $500 (windows are capped at $200)

Federal Tax Credit Series, Part 2

Be sure to check out part 2 of our series here! You can join the conversation on Twitter or Facebook.

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