Valley Forge, Pennsylvania -- Reinstated federal tax credits for residential energy efficiency are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which became law 18 Feb 2009.
Homeowners can receive up to $1500 in tax credits for investments in insulation, exterior doors and windows.
By maximising a home's efficiency, homeowners can reduce their utility bills and lessen their impact on the environment, said a statement from insulation supplier CertainTeed.
According to the Energy Star programme, ensuring adequate insulation and proper air sealing and caulking can save homeowners up to 20 percent on utility bills. When added to the tax credits, energy efficiency pays off, the company indicated.
Tips from CertainTeed:
-- Do a home energy audit to pinpoint areas where your house loses energy. An auditor can suggest ways to conserve heating fuel, hot water and electricity. Visit energystar.gov to locate an auditor in your area.
-- Stay on top of rising energy costs. Plan ahead so you don't get a shock with high utility bills. Organisations such as the Alliance to Save Energy, ase.org, offer tools that project upcoming energy costs in your state.
-- Know the recommended R-value in your area. In simple terms, R-value is a measure of the insulating power of insulation. Colder climates require a higher R-value to ensure a comfortable, energy efficient home. To determine the right R-value for your area, visit the US Department of Energy website at doe.gov.
-- Choose the right insulation for the right area of a home.
-- Consider the "big picture." The average home emits more than twice as much carbon dioxide -- the principle greenhouse gas -- as the average car. This means effective home insulation can go a long way reducing the impact on the environment.
CertainTeed offers a comprehensive line of insulation products, including fibreglass insulation batts and rolls, and fibreglass blow-in insulation, polyurethane spray foam and vapour retarder technology.