If you’ve been thinking about replacing windows, doors, roofing, insulation, the heating and cooling system and/or hot water heater in your Santa Cruz home, don’t delay!
You can qualify for the energy-efficiency tax credit by installing eligible energy-efficient products, but only until the end of 2011. For most upgrades, the credit is equal to 10 percent of the equipment cost (labor is usually not included), with a cap of $500. Remember, a tax credit is much better than a mere deduction because a tax credit is subtracted from the taxes you owe.
In addition, here are other benefits you’ll reap from a green renovation.
• Your home will be quieter. With tight new windows and doors, or added insulation, you won’t hear what the neighbors are doing,