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Go Green and Get Help from Uncle Sam

Green upgrades on ranch homeWith winter fall and winter around the corner, much of the country will be looking at rougher weather as cold approaches and a real test of their home’s energy efficiency. Generally, costs of living rise and new problems are discovered, with everything from weight of leaves exposing roof leaks to frigid winds exposing airflow issues. This is why it’s an important time to look into efficiency upgrades, and as the new article on the

Equifax Finance Blog points out, you can enjoy savings on taxes and monthly utilities by choosing the right upgrades.

If you are looking for strictly efficiency upgrades, you can save up to $500 before the end of this year on replacing insulation, roofing and doors, or adding double-paned windows that meet specific energy standards and be accompanied by the manufacturer’s credit certification statement. You can receive a credit for 10 percent of the cost of the upgrades, up to the $500 limit. In other words, if you spend $5,000 on improvements, you can get $500 back with the Non-Business Energy Property Credit.

If you have bigger projects in mind, you can save more – up to 30 percent – on power systems that are environmentally-friendly. So if you are looking at installing a solar water heater, solar electric harvesters, wind turbines, geothermal equipment or similar modifications to your home, the Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit is for you. This one ends in 2016, so you have a little more time to take advantage of it and plan accordingly.

For more ways to save on taxes, take advantage of ways to improve with green building and avoid

identity theft, check the Equifax Finance Blog!

Invest in Energy Efficient Features for Your Remodeling Project

Kitchen home renovationSpring is the season for cleaning and home maintenance. It’s time to clean out the garage, organize the closet and just give your home a full-on makeover. For those that are using their tax returns for a home remodeling project, Sterling Custom Homes, a luxury custom home builder in Austin, wants to encourage you to invest in energy efficient features.

Why should I spend the extra money upfront for these energy efficient features?

Truthfully, there are numerous benefits to turning your home into a green, eco-friendly, efficient machine, and we’ll touch on just a few:

  • It’s better for the environment! This is a no-brainer when it comes to investing in green features. Our natural resources are running out quickly, and we need to be much more conscientious about how we are using them. You will significantly reduce your carbon footprint just by incorporating a few green features into your home.
  • You’ll save money in the long run. Yes, it may be more out of your pocket upfront, but once you start seeing your monthly utility bills decreasing, you’ll realize how you actually come out ahead.
  • Increases your home value. Homes with energy efficient and green features are worth more, and they are also more desirable to home shoppers.
  • Tax credits – the government has many different tax credits for you to claim for all of your energy efficient and green features.

The trick though, is that you cannot just choose any home remodeler and think they know what they are doing when it comes to building green. At Sterling Custom Homes, Duke McDowell and Vick Pope have both earned their Certified Green Professional designation from the NAHB. We also have other staff members working towards achieving this prestigious designation. Earning the CGP title requires many hours of education as well as continuing education, to stay up-t0-date with the latest green building products and technologies. From energy-efficient appliances to water-conserving faucets and everything in between, we would be delighted to help guide you in your green home renovation (at least for those in the Austin area).

The materials and techniques of home construction are changing to favor a more sustainable product, and it’s time that you adapted with the industry.