We are all holding our breath as Washington borrows billions of dollars to get the economy back on track. How can the Stimulus Bill help you as a homeowner? One of the ways involves incentives available for upgrading to an Energy Star rated heat pump, air conditioner, water heater or gas furnace. A new Energy Star, green HVAC Heating and HVAC Air Conditioning System can qualify for up to $1500 in tax credits for these upgrades. In some cases local utility companies add another rebate above that. Not only do you save on the purchase, but the energy savings can be as much as 45% over your current outdated inefficient system. This is fabulous if you are ready to upgrade for energy saving and efficiency.
There are a few other energy ideas to consider. Topping the list of consideration should be an energy audit. If you suspect that you have areas of heat loss in your home, it might be a good idea to have an energy audit done. Local HVAC Air Conditioning and HVAC Heating Contractors can do this. You might also contact your local utility company for recommendations of energy measurement and conservation. Be sure you check out your insulation. The US Department of Energy website helps you determine what amount of insulation (R-Value) is recommended for your zipcode. Insulation gives seasonal comfort for all seasons and is a very important factor in energy savings. How old are your appliances? The Energy Star logo now appears on everything from light bulbs to water heaters and furnaces to ceiling fans. If you are near the end of life on your HVAC System, do yourself a favor and checkout a new Energy Star System. The choices we can make for energy efficiency are increasing constantly. A few simple solutions to increase your energy efficiency are plugging small holes in the house that let heat out or cold in. A can of expanding foam insulation, available at all building supply and hardware stores, works great for filling holes where pipes, dryer vents, telephone, cable and electrical conduits enter your home. Foam insulating inserts can be placed under your receptacle and switch plates, especially on exterior walls. You might be amazed at how much energy escapes through these openings. Weatherstripping doors and windows is another inexpensive solution to energy loss. In regards to your home, age can be painful! If your house was built before 1970, it could be consuming twice as much energy through loss as its newer counterpart.
As a homeowner you have several potential benefits to consider in light of the Stimulus Bill. The benefits are as diverse as home siding, upgraded doors and windows, HVAC heating and HVAC cooling, water heaters and heat pumps. You can expect some pretty competitive advertising from dealers as they fight over consumers. That is not such a bad thing as competition for your home improvement can cause healthy pricing benefits!