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Selecting New Energy-Efficient Windows
If your home has very old and/or inefficient windows, it might be more cost-effective to replace them than to try to improve their energy efficiency. New, energy-efficient windows eventually pay for themselves through lower heating and cooling costs, and sometimes even lighting costs.
When properly selected and installed, energy-efficient windows can help minimize your heating, cooling, and lighting costs. Improving window performance in your home involves design, selection, and installation.
You'll find that you have several options to consider when selecting what type of windows you should use in your home.
When selecting windows for energy efficiency, it's important to first consider their energy performance ratings in relation to your climate and your home's design. This will help narrow your selection. Select windows with both low U-factors and low SHGCs to maximize energy savings in temperate climates with both cold and hot seasons. Look for whole-unit U-factors and SHGCs, rather than center-of-glass (COG) U-factors and SHGCs. Whole-unit numbers more accurately reflect the energy performance of the entire product.
A window's energy efficiency is dependent upon all of its components. Window frames conduct heat, contributing to a window's overall energy efficiency, particularly its U-factor. Glazing or glass technologies have become very sophisticated, and designers often specify different types of glazing or glass for different windows, based on orientation, climate, building design, etc.
Another important consideration is how the windows operate, because some operating types have lower air leakage rates than others, which will improve your home's energy efficiency.
ProVia ENERGY STAR Educational Program
ProVia developed the "Sammy the Star" ENERGY STAR Educational Program to teach children about the importance of saving energy, what the ENERGY STAR mark is, and how to measure energy costs. This program is approved for elementary students and contains learning books, coloring books, crayons, pencils, teacher‘s guide and optional EZ Wattage Reader for in-class demonstrations.
This marketing tool is valuable for ProVia‘s customers to promote co-branding, ProVia‘s energy saving products and ENERGY STAR. Take advantage of this marketing tool to get your business's brand image out into your community. Not only is this program excellent for education, but it can be used for 4-H projects, Business-to-Consumer Seminars, and Business-to-Business Seminars.
HOW TO QUALIFY FOR THE TAX CREDIT
- Purchase and install ENERGY STAR® certified products beginning January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2021.
Tax credit is for cost of product only - it does not include installation costs. Tax credit is for taxpayer's principal residence only.
- This act enables homeowners to receive a tax credit for 10% of the product cost or a maximum amount of $200 for qualifying windows and 10% of the product costs or a maximum amount of $500 for qualifying doors (cannot exceed $500 total tax credit).
If the homeowner has claimed a Non-business Energy Property Tax Credit of $500 or more in the 2006 through 2014 tax years, they are not eligible for this tax credit for 2015 or 2021.
- The homeowner may be required to have a Manufacturer’s Certification Statement to qualify for the tax credit. This is a signed statement from ProVia certifying that the product or component listed qualifies for the 2015-2021 tax credits.
The taxpayer should keep a copy of this certification statement and purchase receipts for their records, but does not have to submit a copy with their tax return.