Energy-efficient products tax credit extended

Feb 17 2011

With the renewal of energy-efficiency tax credits, homeowners should consider energy-saving shades and blinds for their home.
With the renewal of energy-efficiency tax credits, homeowners should consider energy-saving shades and blinds for their home.
In the middle of December, President Barack Obama signed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Reinsurance Authorization and Jobs Creation Act of 2010. This law extended the energy-efficient products tax credit to all Americans, which could make a significant impact in the remodeling and home construction market.

Window blinds and shades could be a welcome energy-saving change in your home. Before making any significant changes, consider your climate, interior design and tax credit savings. In addition, the difference between blinds and shades will also affect your energy savings.

Blinds are typically meant to reduce summer heat rather than maintaining the warmth of your home, so these would be a better choice for warmer climates. Because of the spaces between the slats, it can be difficult to control heat loss.

Cell shades and other roller variations may be the best bet for increasing the energy-efficiency of your home. Since the device uses the frame of the window to move up and down, it will protect your home from air leaks and excessive sunlight.

Honeycomb cellular shades are one of the best energy-efficient shades on the market. The product provides excellent insulation in both the single and double cell varieties. It is available in both darkening and blackout varieties. 
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