Jacksonville, FL- February 26, 2014 – During this time of the year, many homeowners plan big home improvement projects for the spring. While planning these renovations,it’s important to be aware and take advantage of tax credits offered by the federal government to increase home energy efficiency. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) offers tips for consumers to save money throughout this process.
“There are many ways to save money and take advantage of tax credits,” says Tom Stephens, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Northeast Florida & the Southeast Atlantic.“With careful research, you can easily find the bests way to help both the environment and your wallet, while making necessary home improvements.”
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes several new tax and expanded credits that homeowners can take advantage of while increasing the energy efficiency of their home. Some qualifying improvements include routine work that every homeowner must undertake now and then, such as installing a new roof. However, other qualifying improvements are more involved including installing a wind or solar energy system.
To qualify for tax credits, improvements must typically be made on the owner’s primary residence. Homeowners should keep in mind that just because a product has an ENERGY STAR seal—the Environmental Protection Agency’s standard for energy efficient consumer products—it doesn’t mean the purchase qualifies for the tax credit. A full list of qualifying home improvements is available online at: www.energystar.gov/taxcredits.
The BBB offers the following advice for homeowners on finding a company or contractor while saving money with tax credits:
For more advice on finding businesses and services you can trust, visit www.bbb.org
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