<h2 style="margin: 10pt 0in 0pt"><font size="3" color="#990000">Energy-Efficient Window And Door Tax Credit For 2009/2010—Up To $1,500 Back</font></h2><p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt">If you’re planning a window or door replacement project, then now’s the time. That’s because you can receive a tax credit for 30% of the cost of qualified energy-efficient windows and doors, up to $1,500. This is a huge opportunity for you.</span></p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt"><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">The tax credit was originally a measly $200 for windows and up to $500 for doors. Now Congress and the President have passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, aka “The Stimulus.” Inside is a provision that triples the old tax credit. </p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">This isn’t just a handout. To qualify for the new Tax Credit, you have to be a smart shopper and buy the most energy-efficient windows. Energy Star certification, the old standard, doesn’t cut it anymore. The new standard will help our country become energy independent. Plus, better windows save you money on energy bills and keep you comfortable all year round.</p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><strong>What Are The Requirements For The Tax Credit?</strong> </p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">Only windows and doors with a U-Factor of .30 or less qualify. U-Factor is a measure of the window’s overall energy-efficiency. Many windows have U-Factors of .31 or .32. Those don’t qualify. </p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">Windows and doors also need a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) of .30 or less. A low SHGC blocks the blistering heat that comes through windows in the summer, reducing the load on your air conditioning. Once again, .31 or .32 aren’t good enough. It has to be exactly .30 or less. </p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">U-Factor and SHGC are independently tested and verified for windows by the National Fenestration Rating Council. Any reputable window will have a NFRC sticker. </p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><strong>How To Tell Which Windows And Doors Qualify</strong> </p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">To get your $1,500 tax credit, you need to shop smart. Many windows and doors out there don’t meet the new requirements—even some high-end brands you’ve heard of. A lot of companies haven’t processed or don’t even know about the new tax credit. There’s a lot of confusion about this right now—you don’t want to be left empty-handed. </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"> </p><div style="text-align: center"><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,29,0" width="425" height="282"><param name="movie" value="../images/banners/8c.swf" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><param name="menu" value="false" /><param name="wmode" value="" /><embed src="../images/banners/8c.swf" wmode="" quality="high" menu="false" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="282"></embed></object></div>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">Here’s what you need to do: Make sure that any replacement window or door you buy has a U-Factor and SHGC of .30 or less. If the window company won’t show you the NFRC sticker certifying the ratings, walk away. If you’re unsure or suspicious, visit the NFRC at <a href="http://www.nfrc.org/">www.nfrc.org</a> . You can verify ratings in the product directory or contact them directly.</p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><strong>How To Claim Your 2009 Energy Tax Credit For Windows And Doors</strong> </p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">1. Purchase and install any replacement window, patio door, or entry door with a U-Factor and SHGC of .30 or below between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010. </p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">2. Save your receipt and each window and door performance label (NFRC label) with your tax documents. </p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">3. Claim your tax credit on your Federal filing for the 2009 or 2010 tax year. </p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">Terms and Limitations</p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">• The tax credit is for the cost of the product only and does not include installation costs. Be sure to ask for a sales receipt that shows the cost of the product only. </p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">• The tax credit is 30% of the amount paid up to a $1,500 maximum. </p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">• If a combination of windows and doors are purchased, the total maximum credit is $1,500.</p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">• This is a new tax credit for 2009/2010 </p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><strong>About the author</strong></p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.articlesbase.com/authors/gerry-rogers/121710" target="_blank">Gerry Rogers</a> </p><p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt">Be confident that you’re getting replacement windows and doors that qualify you for the $1,500 tax credit. Mr. Rogers Windows has a large selection of windows and doors that are NFRC-certified to have U-Factors and SHGCs of .30 or less. You’ll find windows, doors, and patio doors in all styles that meet federal requirements. Plus, they’re professionally installed and backed by a Lifetime Performance Guarantee. Visit www.mrrogerswindows.com for more information about energy-efficient windows.</span></p></span>