The government renewed tax credits for 2016 for those purchasing energy efficient windows and doors. Energy Star products eligible for tax credits are independently certified to save money and help protect the environment.
As a taxpayer, you can earn 10 percent of the cost up to $200 for windows and skylights and up to $500 for doors. Cumulative maximum tax credits for windows, doors and skylights for all years combined is $500.
If you installed windows or doors between January 2011 and December 2016, you may be eligible for the credit.
Windows must be Energy Star certified and you do not have to replace all of the windows, doors or skylights in your home to qualify. Additionally, installing any new window, even if its not a replacement, qualifies.
Energy efficient windows utilize different materials, including vinyl, aluminum, wood or a combination and help increase your household energy efficiency.
Energy Star windows use multiple panes made of quality frame materials. They have Low-E Glass, which has a special coating that reflects infrared light, helping keep heat inside in the winter and cold inside during the summer. Some energy-efficient windows have a gas like argon, krypton or other similar gases in between panes to help insulate better. They also have warm edge spacers, which help keep window glass panes the correct distance apart.
Energy efficient doors have double or triple paned insulating glass to help reduce heat flow. They use improved core materials such as fiberglass, wood cladding and steel with polyurethane foam core. They also feature a tighter fit and improved weather stripping.
Finally, energy efficient tubular daylight devices may replace skylights. They gather sunlight at the rood and transmit it down to a diffusing lens mounted in an interior surface. These windows may be able to light closets, bathrooms or hallways, which may not have direct access to natural sunlight.