Energy-Savings Tax Credits
If you’ve replaced windows or doors in your home sometime between 2017-2019, you probably know that tax credits for those products have been eliminated during that time. Well, good news. The EPA has reinstated tax credits on windows and doors after a 3-year absence. They were actually put back in place at the beginning of 2020. Due to little fanfare from the EPA, many people were unaware of this change.
The high points of the tax credit availability are as follows:
- 180° opening ensures unrestricted passage
- Tax Credit Amount is equal to 10% of the cost of the windows/doors, with a max allowable tax credit of $500. However, the maximum you can deduct for windows $200.
- The tax credit applies to the cost of the product only. It does not include installation.
- Windows/doors must be ENERGY STAR certified for the zone in which they are installed.
- This DOES NOT apply to just replacement windows/doors. Installing a new window where there wasn’t one previously (like in a home addition) qualifies.
- You do not have to replace all of your windows/door to qualify
- The tax credits have been made retro-active to purchases beginning Jan. 1, 2017.
- The current program ends Dec. 31, 2020
- See full details of the 2020 tax credit program, by clicking here, then scrolling down and clicking on Windows, Doors & Skylights.
If you replaced your windows with Quaker windows, first of all, we thank you very much. We also want to help you get your credit. You’ll need verification that the products you purchased are Energy Star certified, check out the official document for this HERE.
When it comes to home safety, windows provide a crucial escape and rescue route (“egress”) in the case of a fire or an emergency. Because egress windows require a relatively large opening, homeowners must take measures to prevent accidental window falls. Oftentimes, it’s easy to assume that a window screen will be sufficient. However, window screens are only intended to keep bugs out, not prevent a potential fall. With Quaker Windows & Doors’ Window Operating Control Devices (WOCD), homeowners now have more ways to improve the prevention of window falls.
We offer several windows options for Window Operating Control Devices (WOCDs) depending on your project needs. Properly used WOCDs may help prevent potential window falls, especially in children under five years of age.
Quaker Windows & Doors is committed to safety and reminds all homeowners to check local codes regarding egress and WOCDs. For more information on window safety, contact the National Safety Council or visit their website at www.nsc.org.
It should be noted that several models from our Brighton Series wood clad window line have design pressure ratings of 50 or higher right out of the box. No upgrades necessary for DP-50 building codes.