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What is Energy Star®?
Energy Star® is a label that helps consumers identify products that save them money and help protect the environment by saving energy, which is usually generated by burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas.
Why choose Energy Star® reflective roofing for your building?
- Energy Star® qualified roof products saves money and energy. According to the EPA, about $40 billion is spent annually in the US to air condition buildings, one sixth of all electricity generated each year! Energy Star® qualified roof products reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings, and can reduce energy bills by up to 50%.
- Energy Star® qualified roof products can help you downsize cooling equipment! A reflective roof can reduce peak cooling demand by 10-15 percent. As a result the home or building owner may be able to purchase a smaller, more efficient, and less expensive cooling system.
- Energy Star® qualified roof products can help you decrease pollution in urban areas! Reduced energy demand means less burning of fossil fuels, which results in less pollution from power plants. Also, Energy Star® qualified roofing products help to reduce the “heat island effect,” in which dark, heat absorbing buildings and paved areas make the air in urban areas hotter, and more smoggy.
Come by TCM today, and learn more about our roofing products that are Energy Star® qualified and let us help you save money and energy!
Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency: 10 Things You Should Know
On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed a stimulus bill (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) that made some significant changes to the energy efficiency tax credits. The highlights are:
1The tax credits that were previously effective for 2009, have been extended to 2010 as well.
2The tax credit has been raised from 10% to 30%.
3The tax credits that were for a specific dollar amount (ex $300 for a CAC), have been converted to 30% of the cost.
4The maximum credit has been raised from $500 to $1500 for the two years (2009- 2010).
5Must be "placed in service" from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010.
6Must be for taxpayers principal residence.
7For record keeping, save your receipts and the Manufacturer Certification Statement, OR for windows, you can save the ENERGY STAR® label from your new windows.
8Improvements made in 2009 will be claimed on your 2009 taxes (filed by April 15, 2010) use IRS Tax Form 5695 (2009 version) it will be available late 2009 or early 2010.
9If you are building a new home, you can qualify for the tax credit for photovoltaics, solar water heaters, small wind systems and fuel cells, but not the tax credits for windows, doors, insulation, roofs, HVAC, or non-solar water heaters.
10All Energy Star® labeled metal roofs qualify for the tax credit. The roofing must be expected to last 5 years or have a 2 year warranty.