A Guest Post by Chris Keenan:
Let’s face it, it isn’t easy being a homeowner right now. The country is only just beginning to recover from the biggest economic crises since the great depression, home values are way down, unemployment is high, and things just keep getting more expensive; including energy bills. There are lot’s of great ways to reduce our energy consumption, helping both the planet and our wallet; from energy efficient light bulbs to hybrid cars. But one of the biggest energy wasters is usually also the most overlooked – the Garage Door.
Our homes are insulated to keep the elements out and comfortable temperature in. We install insulated windows and doors so that we can access our homes without compromising the energy efficiency. But what about the garage door? It’s basically the biggest door in the house, shouldn’t it be energy efficient too?
You might not think of your garage door as an energy waster, but consider how cold your garage gets in the winter or how hot it gets in the summer. If your garage is attached to your house it will actually leach away the temperature from adjacent rooms. So if you have a bedroom next to or above your garage, your going to need to keep the thermostat just a little bit higher to keep that room warm.
Fortunately the US Government doesn’t want us wasting energy any more than we do, so Uncle Sam is incenting homeowners with an Energy Tax Credit. The Energy Tax Credit, effective until end of 2010, allows homeowners to claim a 30% tax credit on qualifying home improvement costs; you can get up to $1,500 back. Think of it as “Cash For Clunkers” but for your old garage doors & windows.
By installing new energy efficient garage doors, some of which are 80% recycled wood composite, you can effectively reduce your energy bill and go green. But not all doors qualify as energy efficient. This comprehensive Garage Door Energy Tax Credit list is arranged by garage door manufacturer and notates exactly which model #’s qualify, eliminating the guessing game. Certificates of proof are also included so that you can file for the credit come tax time.
It’s time to go green with your garage door, and start saving green too!