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A guide to energy-efficiency tax credits

Products eligible for 2009 and 2010 (existing homes)

Tax credits for 30 percent of the purchase price, up to $1,500, are available for these products that meet the stipulated energy-efficiency requirements and have a manufacturer’s certification statement.

Products eligible through 2016, existing and new homes

Tax credits are available for 30 percent of any cost for these products.

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Unfortunately, there is no comprehensive list of products that qualify for energy efficiency tax credits, so you will have to do some research to determine what's eligible. Partial lists and answers to frequently asked questions are available through the Energy Star Web site, energystar.gov (search "Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency"). But not all Energy Star-rated items qualify. Those that do meet strict energy-efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. If you're confused about a specific product, it's best to call your tax preparer for advice.

Remember: Windows, doors and many other products that qualify for the tax credit have installation fees that are not covered under the law. Installation costs can be claimed only for the following: heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems; biomass stoves; water heaters; solar panels; geothermal heat pumps; wind energy systems; and fuel cells.

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