Monday, December 19, 2011

Take Advantage of the Incredible Rebates Offered by the State and Federal Government

Tax credits offered by the state of Georgia and the federal government make updating your home more affordable than ever. These tax incentives give you substantial tax credits on your tax return and increase the amount of your refund. Credits are available on an array of energy-efficient appliances, biomass stoves, insulation, metal and asphalt roofing, non-solar water heaters, and windows and doors.

Federal Tax Credits   
The energy star program through the federal government offers incentives for homeowners on their existing and principal residence to upgrade their property with energy-efficient fixtures. The tax credit is 10% of the cost of the upgrade up to $500 or they offer specific amounts ranging from $50 to $300. Credits are available on the following items:
  • Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Water Heaters (non-solar)
  • Roofs (Metal and Asphalt)
  • Windows and Doors
  • Biomass Stoves
 Theses tax credits offer substantial offsets on the cost to upgrade your home’s fixtures. Additional tax credits are available on new energy-star appliances as well. Look for the energy-star label when you are considering your next home appliance purchase. Extra incentives are available on specific washers, dryers, refrigerators, ceiling fans, and more through-out the year.

Visit the Energy Star website at http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home.index to discover special seasonal products and models that are available for sales tax exemptions, rebates, and credits.

Georgia State Tax Credits    
The state of Georgia offers a multitude of rebates and incentives to assist homeowners with upgrading their home’s fixtures. Different counties offer different programs. One Georgia rebate program offers rebates of up to $1,500 on energy-efficient water heating equipment and up to $ 2,000 on other energy-efficiency measures. Additional rebates are available on:
  • Caulking and Weather-Stripping
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Windows and Doors
  •  Building insulation
  • Duct/Air Sealing
Visit the city of Atlanta’s website at http://www.atlantaga.gov/mayor/shine_080410.aspx for complete details about their rebate program.

The state of Georgia also offers grants on energy-efficient fixtures for commercial properties. One non-profit grant supplies up to $ 25,000 for water heaters, solar water heaters, programmable thermostats, furnaces, boilers, and more for non-profit schools and institutions. Complete details on this program and qualifying information can be found online at http://www.gipl.org/content/Grants.asp.
 
City of Decatur
The city of Decatur offers a local rebate program on windows, doors, building insulation, and caulking for residential homeowners. This rebate amount is up to $1,000. Full details of this rebate program can be found at http://www.decaturga.com/index.aspx?page=595.

Great Ways to Save
Superior rebates can found on energy-efficient fixtures and appliances. New rebate programs can become available at anytime. When you are in the market to upgrade your home, check out the above sites or visit http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/index.cfm?getRE=1?re=undefined&ee=1&spv=0&st=0&srp=1&state=GA to learn about rebate programs in your city or county.

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