Do you live energy efficiency?

Did you know that how you live can save you money on your energy costs?

When we talk about saving money on home energy costs we often talk about physical changes we can make. These might be swapping incandescent bulbs for CFLs, or buying Energy Start rated appliances when our old models break down. But this isn’t the whole story.

You don’t have to spend money to save money on your home energy bills.

Here are a few simple changes you can make to the way that you live in your home that will save money and inspire you to take the next step in home energy efficiency with your performance based energy rating from AREVS.

You can reduce the strain on your HVAC system by ensuring that your exterior ducts and equipment are clear of debris and plant growth. Good airflow inside your home needs good airflow outside, so make sure that you have a radius of at least 18 inches around all your external vents, intakes, and equipment.

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Let the sun shine in! If you have windows that face south, open the drapes or shades and let the sun heat your rooms. When it’s time to cool off next summer, remember to close those drapes during the day and keep your rooms cool.

Dig out that sweater and blanket. Just lowering your thermostat a couple of degrees and adding another layer of clothing can save you big money during a heating season. According to the

Each degree you lower the thermostat on your heating system decreases your fuel bill by 3 percent. Going from 72 degrees down to 68 degrees doesn’t matter much in terms of comfort, but it can save up to 12 percent on your heating bill.

It’s simple, effective, and you can thank your knitting friends for helping you make the most out of your home!

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Remodeling your home for energy efficiency

Homeowners who remodel for energy-efficiency can take a credit of up to $500 over their lifetime. This provision has existed since 2006, so many taxpayers have already used the credit.

“It looks at your prior credits that you’ve taken so there is a little bit of a look back, and you may not get the full amount,” Spritz says.

There is a separate $500 credit available for energy-efficient appliances.

If you haven’t used the credit yet, there are still two months left to install new windows or buy an energy-efficient washing machine.

What qualifies for the home energy efficiency tax credit?

Have you got your home energy efficiency tax credit yet? This credit, 10% of the total value of your project, up to $500, was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and it was extended to cover projects completed in 2012 and 2013.

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Wondering what qualifies for the home energy efficiency tax credit? Here is a list of eligible project or upgrade work and how much you can expect back? Here’s a list from the Department of Energy:

  • Insulation or insulating material. 10 percent of the total cost of your project.
  • Exterior windows or skylights. 10 percent of the total cost of your project, up to $200.
  • Exterior doors. 10 percent of the total cost of your project.
  • Metal roofing with a pigmented coating, or asphalt roofing with cooling granules. 10 percent of the total cost of your project.
  • Main air circulating fan. $50.
  • Natural gas, propane, or oil furnace, or hot water boiler. $150
  • Electric heat pump water heater. $300.
  • Electric heat pump. $300.
  • Central air conditioner. $300.
  • Natural gas, propane, or oil water heater. $300.
  • Biomass stove. $300.

If you want to take advantage of the home energy efficiency tax credit, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.

This is a one time tax credit. If you already received tax credits between 2006 and 2011 you won’t be eligible for this credit. However, you may be eligible for additional credits if you did not use the full value of the 2006-2011 tax credit. A professional account may be able to tell you more about your eligibility.

Your home energy efficiency project or new appliances must be for your primary residence. It is only available for homeowners – sorry renters! Finally, labor costs aren’t normally eligible for tax credits. Check with your home performance professional to be sure.

If you have additional questions, or need more information about qualifying projects, visit for all of the home energy efficiency tax credit program details.

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