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Energy Efficient Upgrades Improve Home Value

June 12, 2008

Consider a few home improvement projects that will kick your home’s energy efficiency up a notch. No only do these upgrades hold their value, but you can save money on your energy bills and be more comfortable to boot.

New Energy-Star windows will reduce your heating and cooling costs and reduce condensation and interior fading, protecting your valuable furnishings and keepsakes. Beef up your attic insulation and check the weather stripping on doors and sliders. See more ideas at http://www.energystar.gov/

Save your “before” and “after” receipts to show potential home buyers how much you saved after installing your upgraded windows, appliances and other improvements. More and more buyers are going ‘Green’ and will appreciate not only the reduced environmental impact, but the cost savings as well.

Check with your city and utility companies, as many offer incentives and rebates for energy-efficient improvements. Also, look to Uncle Sam for potential tax credits too. Both the House and Senate are considering extending the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Keep your eye on  http://www.doe.gov/taxbreaks.htm for news and updates.

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