The Energy Policy Act of 2005 created federal tax credits for homeowners who make certain energy efficient improvements. On October 3, 2008, President Bush signed into law the “Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008″, which extended tax credits for energy efficient home improvements made in 2010 or 2011. Consumers purchasing qualifying 3M Window Film products between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2011 can receive a tax credit. Click here (PDF, 865 KB) for a list of qualifying 3M Window Film products. A tax credit directly reduces your overall income tax, which is much better than a deduction, which reduces the amount of income subject to tax. Homeowners can receive a 30 percent credit on the costs of qualified window film products, up to a maximum of $1500.
Complete IRS form 5695 and file your 2010 or 2011 Income Tax Return. Download IRS form 5695 (PDF, 108 KB) from the IRS website, along with a list of other available energy efficiency tax credits. You will need a copy of the dealer invoice for the window film product, separated by cost for film and installation. Installation costs are not eligible for the tax credit. You will also need a copy of the manufacturer’s certification statement, which determines which products qualify based upon where you reside. Make sure to keep a copy of both of these documents for your records.
More Than One Way to Save Money…
Energy efficiency can lower your federal tax bill and your monthly energy bill. Heat gained through windows makes up a significant portion of your summer utility bill. 3M Window Films reduces heat gain by up to 79 percent, which helps lower energy consumption.
Although energy cost management and solar control continue to be the primary purpose of window films, window films provide increased insulation performance, UV protection superior to most Low-E glass, and provide safety and protection with the ability to mitigate the impact of seismic stress, hurricane wind debris, and explosive force.
Applying window film to flat glass surfaces – single pane, double pane, “Low-E,” or treated glass – can reduce the cost of air conditioning by 30-40%. GlassEnergy provides free energy audits and forecasts the savings you can expect, and the pay-back terms. Typically, installations are “self-funding” within as little as 8 months to 3 years, and the savings continue for 25 years or more.
Escalating energy costs, green architecture, climate change and severe weather patterns — combined with the looming threat of terrorism create “perfect storm” conditions for high-performance solar and security films
Did you know many power & light companies offer rebates to homes and businesses for applying window film?
3M films are Energy Star certified for reducing energy consumption Just ask a GlassEnergy representative how you can take advantage and start saving on available rebates and tax credits today.
Building LEED credits from using Window Film
Eliminate light trespass from the building and site, improve night sky access and reduce development impact on nocturnal environments.
Glare Reduction Credits and Sustainable Site Credits
A credit can be achieved by “providing for glare control features for all windows where direct penetration of sunlight would interfere with normal occupant activities”.
This requirement can be met by applying window films with a VLT low enough to meet occupant requirements for glare-free activity. Applying this film can eliminate unwanted glare on computer screens and maintain an internal glare free environment, allowing you to pursue both “light trespass and glare reduction” credits in a single application.