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1. Upgraded Windows and Doors
One of the most problematic sources of energy inefficiency in homes is outdated windows and doors that allow heat to escape. By upgrading to energy smart windows, skylights and doors you can increase your overall efficiency and watch your bills decline.
TAX CREDIT: 30% of cost up to $1,500.
DISCLAIMER: Credit does not include installation costs.

Wood Windows

2. Upgraded Water Heaters
Accounting for nearly a quarter of your home’s energy consumption, inefficient water heaters can and will inflate your bills. Upgrading to a gas, oil or propane unit will benefit you in the long-run and at tax time.
TAX CREDIT: 30% of cost up to $1,500.
DISCLAIMER: Credit includes installation costs.

Energy Efficient Water Heater

3. Upgraded Insulation
Proper insulation is your first line of defense between your home and your heat loss. As long as it meets International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) Standards for 2009, Uncle Sam is encouraging an insulation upgrade.
TAX CREDIT: 30% of cost up to $1,500.
DISCLAIMER: Credit does not include installation costs.

Attic Insulation and Wood Roof Framing

4. Solar Panels
Solar panels are an amazing way to turn the sun’s energy into compatible electricity for your home. If you’re looking to convert to solar energy and can meet all applicable fire and electrical codes, the incentive is there.
TAX CREDIT: 30% of cost with no ceiling limit.
DISCLAIMER: The system must provide energy for the residence and tax credit includes installation costs.

Solar Panels on Roof of House

5. Solar Powered Water Heaters
With the exception of swimming pools and hot tubs, the government is offering a tax credit for solar powered water heaters as long as at least half of the energy generated at the residence comes from the sun.
TAX CREDIT: 30% of cost with no ceiling limit.
DISCLAIMER: Credit includes installation costs.

Solar Powered Water Heater

6. Energy Star Roofs
Energy star roofs are special metal and asphalt surfaces that reflect the sun’s intense rays and therefore keeps the surface temperature to a minimum. This diversion of energy allows for less heat to be transferred into your home and therefore promotes more efficient practices.
TAX CREDIT: Tax Credit: 30% of cost up to $1,500.
DISCLAIMER: Credit does not include installation costs.

Roof Shingles

7. Residential Wind Turbines
Using the wind’s natural kinetic energy, these personal windmills convert the power into usable electricity for your home. Though the system may take a small investment to get started, the government will make it worth your while upon tax season.
TAX CREDIT: 30% of cost with no ceiling limit.
DISCLAIMER: Credit includes installation costs.

Wind Turbine and Home with Wood Siding

8. BioMass Stove
It sounds complicated but biomass fuels are simply naturally occurring elements such as wood, compost, grass and many other staples. If you chose to use biomass stoves to heat your home and your water, the benefits are both environmental and financial.
TAX CREDIT:
30% of cost up to $1,500.
DISCLAIMER: Credit includes installation costs.

Biomass Wood Stove

9. Natural Gas or Propane Furnace
Much like the natural gas water heaters, Uncle Sam is offering incentive for the conversion of your furnace as well. Heating your home is a large annual expense when done inefficiently and the government aims to promote improved practices.
TAX CREDIT: 30% of cost up to $1,500.
DISCLAIMER: Credit includes installation costs.

High Efficiency Furnace

10 . Geothermal Heat Pumps
Aside from using the earth’s natural heat as the driving agent, geothermal heat pumps perform all of the same tasks as the standard. The benefit, however, is a more efficient method of heating your home, proving air conditioning, heating your water and reaping tax rewards.
TAX CREDIT: 30% of cost with no ceiling limit.
DISCLAIMER: Credit includes installation costs.

Home Diagram Showing Geothermal Heat

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Rob Jones

Rob served as Editor-In-Chief of BuildDirect Blog: Life At Home from 2007-2016. He is a writer, Dad, content strategist, and music fan.