2013 Tax Credit for Energy Efficient Windows, Doors

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2013 Tax Credit for Energy Efficient Windows, Doors

Homeowners still have time this year to rack up a $200-$500 federal tax credit on new windows and doors. The key is ensuring they install products that fit the Feds’ exacting standards. Qualifying for the $200-$500 federal tax credit on new windows and doors depends on two measurements, U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC).Non Energy Efficient Windows



1. U-Factor


Range: 0.20 to 1.20


The lower the number, the better an insulator the window or door is. A low U-factor means that less heat escapes in the winter, which makes it particularly important in cold northern climates, according to the Collaborative, a coalition of government agencies, research organizations, and manufacturers that promote efficient window technology.


Tax credit qualification requirement: 0.3 or less


2. Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)


Range: 0 to 1


The lower the number, the less solar radiation—and heat—the window or door allows inside. SHGC refers to the solar radiation a window or door allows inside. Seek the lowest possible SHGC rating in warm climates to minimize the use of air conditioning. Look for a slightly higher number in cooler climates so that the sun can help heat your home in winter, but be sure to balance SHGC with an efficient U-factor for your area.


Tax credit qualification requirement: 0.3 or less


Before Buying New Windows:


You need to know about buying energy efficient windows. Replacing all old windows with energy efficient windows can be very expensive, from $8,000-$15,000 or more for a typical home. In most cases you can get the same energy savings by investing $1,000 or so in insulation, sealing air leaks, and repairing your windows instead of replacing. In many cases, but not all cases, repairing windows may be the smarter option.




Bahman Davani from Texas Five Star Realty Serving City of Plano Texas With the pride of living over 33 years in Plano, I am proud to serve as your Professional Real Estate Consultant and guide you through the selling, buying and leasing process, help you locate a suitable site for your business, provide neighborhood demographics and schools information, and more information.

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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
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Bahman - Thank you for sharing an excellent blog about 2013 tax credit for energy efficient windows, doors.

Oct 09, 2013 12:21 AM #1
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
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Bahman, caulking around windows, inside and outside can definitely make an enormous difference for those who cannot afford to replace windows.

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