What is the ENERGY STAR Windows Program?
The ENERGY STAR Windows Program helps consumers and businesses find energy efficient products, including replacement windows, doors, and skylights.
In 2014, ENERGY STAR Programs prevented more than 283 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and provided more than $11 billion in benefits to society. Just think – every replacement window bearing the ENERGY STAR label has helped, and will continue to help, this amount of savings rise year by year.
Look for the ENERGY STAR Label on the replacement windows you wish to purchase!
Tax Credits for ENERGY STAR Qualified Windows, Doors and Skylights:
One of the big benefits for consumers from the ENERGY STAR Program is the tax incentive.
Now through December 31, 2016 there is a Tax Credit for ENERGY STAR qualified windows, doors and skylights.
Homeowners may receive a tax credit equal to 10% of the product cost (installation costs may NOT be included) up to $200 for eligible windows and skylights. Homeowners may receive no more than $500 total for all energy efficiency tax credits.
To be eligible for this tax credit, the replacement windows must:
- Meet the ENERGY STAR program requirements
- Be installed in a taxpayer’s primary residence
- Be installed BEFORE December 31, 2016
Save your receipts and labels and file IRS Form 5695. If you installed ENERGY STAR replacement windows between January 1, 2012 and before December 31, 2016, you can contact the IRS for determining your remaining eligibility for this tax credit. Visit the ENERGY STAR website for full details.
About the ENERGY STAR Program:
Originally, the ENERGY STAR? Program was founded in 1992 and is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that helps businesses and consumers understand the importance and savings value of energy efficient products and systems. At first, the program was just a labeling program, put only on computers and computer monitors, but soon thereafter, the ENERGY STAR Program teamed up with the US Department of Energy, and by 1996, many more product categories were added. Today, most if not all appliances and home improvement goods, such as replacement windows, doors, and skylights, are included within the ENERGY STAR Program.