Investing in your home's energy efficiency when designing a new home or remodeling an existing one can help you save energy and money in the long run. The design or remodeling stage is also a good time to consider adding a renewable energy system like small wind turbine or solar panels that will provide your home with electricity, water heating, or space heating and cooling.
If you'd like to design an energy-efficient home, no matter what type of design, you should use what's called the whole-house systems approach. If you're remodeling a home, be sure to conduct an energy audit before making upgrades to determine what energy efficiency improvements should and can be made to your home.
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Rebates & Tax Credits
Federal tax credits for the following products expired at the end of 2016:
- Insulation materials
- Windows, doors, and skylights
- Efficient roofs
- Heating, cooling, and water heating equipment.