Some energy efficiency tax credits authorized under the federal stimulus bill expire on December 31, 2010.
Credits that qualify include:
- replacing windows
- doors or roofs with materials that reduce your home’s heat loss or gain
- adding insulation; replacing certain air conditioners
- installing high-efficiency, air-source heat pumps
- and installing electric heat pump water heaters
These credits are only available for your existing home that serves as your principle residence.
You can recover 30% – up to $1,500 – of the costs associated with buying and installing heating and air conditioning systems and heat pump water heaters.
Installation costs are not covered for windows, doors, roofing and insulation.Tax credits are more valuable than deductions because they directly reduce any taxes you owe dollar for dollar. Keep your receipts and the Manufacturer’s Certification statement for your records.
Claim the credit on your 2010 taxes using IRS form 5695. For more information visit: www.energystar.gov/taxcredits.