WARNING: Read This Before you Upgrade Your Windows in Attempts to Cash-In on the new Energy Tax Credits.

Reblogger Mark Watterson
Real Estate Agent 5660894-PB00

Know what your buying if you're expecting a tax credit.  Not all windows qualify.

Please read the good information below.

Original content by Christine McInerney 313389

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, signed by President Obama on February 17, 2009 has revised the Energy Efficient tax credit in some positive ways.  These new additions/changes have created an amazing Win, Win, and Win again situation for homeowners to reap great tax benefits by upgrading to energy efficient windows AND cut down on energy costs at the same time.

However, before you go out and purchase the first Energy Star efficient windows that you come across make sure they qualify for the energy efficient tax credit as the standard have increased significantly.

Below is a break down of the new Energy Efficient Tax Credit:

  • Energy Efficient tax credit has been extended to include both 2009 and 2010.
  • The maximum tax credit is 30% of costs, not to exceed $1500.
  • Windows must meet the following minimum standards (warning not all energy star rated windows qualify)

So how do you know what type of windows qualify?  Be sure to check the windows' National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) label and make sure that the windows meet this minimum requirement of having both the U- Factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) are less than 0.30.

The picture below was obtained from BFRich GreenShield Window Systems website: http://www.bfrich.com/tax%20credit.html- The BFRICH GreenShield Window Systems are energy star rated and qualify for tax credits in all 50 states.

                                            energy efficient tax credit of 2009

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Liz Flint
Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty - Houston, TX
Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066

Hey Mark, I bet this will come in handy for a lot of people.  I wish I could get my husband to switch out the windows on our house.

Jan 18, 2010 09:19 AM #1
Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,


Hi Mark:

Great information.

I'm sure it will come to a surprise to many, that not all windows qualify.

Jan 18, 2010 11:02 AM #2
Ryan Houston
American Remodelers - home improvement, remodel, addition - San Mateo, CA
General Contractor San Mateo

This is a huge issue that most homeowners have no idea they will face when applying for the credit. Most are looking at price and there is a substantial difference in the material costs. This is another "Apples to Apples" conversation to have with our potential cients.

Thanks Mark


Feb 21, 2010 07:15 AM #3
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