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Published on February 5th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan

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Take Advantage Of Home Energy Efficiency Tax Credits!



Money can be tight, but if you’ve got a few dollars to spare, it’s hard to put them to better use than by using them to improve the energy efficiency of your home. It’s hard to find a better return on investment, and that saved money isn’t taxed! Furthermore, you can actually get tax credits for such improvements.

The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) writes:

“As part of the ‘fiscal cliff’ legislation signed into law early this year, Congress provided a number of 2012 and 2013 tax credits for home energy efficiency improvements. These tax credits, coupled with financial incentives available for energy efficiency improvements, make right now a lucrative time to invest in home energy efficiency.”

Furthermore, there are extra opportunities for incentives in many states. In CNT’s home state of Illinois, for example, there are some very attractive ones:

“You’ll get twice the deal when you take advantage of an incentive program from Energy Impact Illinois, an alliance to help Illinois residents lower energy costs. The program helps you reduce energy bills and also provides financial incentives to make recommended improvements to your home. If you enroll in the program and install energy efficiency measures this year, you’ll receive an instant rebate of up to $1750 from Energy Impact Illinois and your local utility and, you can now also claim a credit of up to $500 for the very same improvements, so long as the improvements are eligible under the tax extension.”

So, seriously, stop wasting money — make some important energy efficiency upgrades to your home this month!

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he's the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



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  • Otis11

    “saved money isn’t taxed”

    That’s a really, really good point. That can significantly impact ROI on home improvements depending on what tax bracket you’re in!

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Yeah, one of those things I almost always forget to mention. Worth repeating anytime solar power pricing comes up. :D

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