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How to Make Sure you get the 2009 Energy Tax Credit

Updated on April 12, 2010

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The 2009and 2010 Energy Tax Credit

Do you plan to pump up your home improvements? Do it now and receive a tax credit of 30% of the cost of qualified energy efficient material. However, to avail this opportunity you must
be wise so that you can buy the most energy efficient items. This will help you to save tax
as well as energy and you’re sure to be comfortable all round the year. Here’s a quick guide
on how you make sure you get the 2009 Energy Tax Credit.

What you need:
Insulation systems that reduce heat loss/gain
Exterior windows (including skylights)
Exterior doors Metal roofs (meeting applicable Energy Star requirements).

What to do:
1. Research. The best thing you can do to make sure you get the tax credit on energy
efficient items is by learning which items you can buy that can give you a sure credit. Find
all the information of the item you want for your home on the internet. And make a list of
those items you want and your benefits on purchasing them.

2. Purchase and install the item. Some items with installation costs are eligible for
tax credits such as biomass stoves, heating, ventilating, and air conditioning items,
geothermal heat pumps, residential wind turbines, solar energy systems, and fuel cells.

3. Save your receipt. You must save your receipt of each energy-efficient item you have
purchased. Keep the labels of those items as well and place them with your tax documents to
make sure they will not be misplaced.

4. Claim your tax credit. Bring all the necessary documents and file all these to
federal filing for 2009 and 2010 tax year to claim your tax credit. Make sure you do this as
soon as possible because there are items that are only eligible for some period of time.

The best thing you can do for your home improvement is by cutting the costs through
energy-efficient items. Other than having a comfortable home, you will also keep a
worry-free atmosphere. So, start investing on cost-and-energy-efficient improvements for you
home until the tax credits are eligible.


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