EZ Being Green: Home Energy Tax Credits

How do you get a new tax credit without buying or selling your home? The Existing Home Retrofit Tax Credit is available at 30% of the cost (up to $1500) for a number of energy improvements to your existing home, for qualifying purchases between Jan.1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2010. Are you thinking about new insulation, windows, storm doors or a roof? How about a new hot water heater, furnace or air conditioner.  You can recover 30% of the cost by filing with your 2009 or 2010 tax returns. The Wind, Solar, Geothermal and Fuel Cell Tax Credit is good through 2016 for new construction as well as existing homes. Geothermal Heat Pumps, Solar Panels, Solar Water Heaters, Small Wind Energy Systems and Fuel Cells qualify for a 30% tax credit and might include installation.

As a real estate professional I am always updating my credentials and knowledge-base.  I have completed the necessary classroom hours to become an EcoBroker, an expert on energy and environmental information for the home.

I have a home listed at 717 Dartmouth Trail in Fort Collins that has been transformed from a very nice traditional, but dated, residence into a WOW! Craftsman-style beauty. During the planning process choices were made for the health of the residents as well as the environment.  Low VOC paint was chosen, new formaldehyde-free carpet pad installed and an active solar radiant heat was added. Light fills the main floor through the numerous new windows that capture passive solar heat.  Natural materials fill this home.

One of the most exciting features is the inlay for the stair railing.  It is from one of the top ten noted trees of all time, a sycamore. The tree was harvested after it toppled in the wind and the carpenter held onto it for over 25 years, just waiting for the right place to install this special material.  The house on Dartmouth Trail in Fort Collins is a masterpiece and a wonderful example of how to “Go Green” as you update your home and increase its value.

Visit me at http://www.fortcollinshomes.com

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