Tax credits are not the only way to save on items for your addition or remodel. Many utility companies offer rebates to customers who install energy-efficient appliances and lights. A quick visit to the utility company’s website or a quick telephone call will give you access to this information. Be sure you understand the standards by which items qualify for the rebates. For example, if the water company will give you a 10% rebate on the cost of low-flow showerheads and toilets, does the rebate apply to a fixture that uses 2.5 gallons, or only to one that uses 1 gallon? Some of the qualification standards are very specific. Just be certain you understand which items will qualify and which will not. Then keep that information in mind when you shop for materials.

Some utility companies offer rebates to homeowners who make upgrades that make their homes more energy-efficient. Before you choose windows, insulation thickness, appliances and the like, check with your local utility companies to see if any of them offer rebates for energy-efficient items. For example, an electric company might offer a rebate on energy-efficient door or window installation. A water company might offer a rebate on low-flow plumbing fixtures. A natural gas company might offer a rebate if you purchase a heat pump instead of a furnace and air conditioner. It will be worth your time to check with local utility companies to see if you are eligible for any rebates connected with your remodel or house addition.

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