By purchasing energy-efficient windows, doors and skylights for your remodel or addition, you can save in two ways. First, you may be able to claim a federal tax credit for a percentage of the cost of these items. Available credits include:

  • A credit worth 10% of your cost, up to $200, for installing energy-efficient exterior windows, skylights, and storm windows
  • A credit worth 10% of your cost, up to $500, for installing energy-efficient exterior doors or for adding storm doors

Further information is available through Energy Star or the Internal Revenue Service.

Second, installing energy-efficient windows, doors and skylights will reduce your heating and cooling costs for the future, allowing you to save on heating and cooling costs for as long as you own your home. Heating your home accounts, on average, for 32% of your total energy bill (according to the Department of Energy and HUD). Cooling your home accounts for an additional 13% of your total energy costs. The exact proportions will vary according to the climate in your region.

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