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HVAC – Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning. The Heating and Cooling Systems are strong appliance users of energy in your home, depending on the climate where you live. It is very important for both comfort and health and safety. SEER stands for “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio”. A Ventilation System is used to provide fresh air, circulate it, and remove stale air at a specific rate. We do not do installs but we verify the system was installed correctly in your building or home.


Collect Tax Credit Per Dwelling Unit

Single Family and Multi-Family Builders and Developers can collect $2,000 of tax credit for each new dwelling unit per Section 45L. Most California builders and/or developers already qualify due to stringent Title 24 part 6 Energy Efficient Standards already in place. Collect for 2016 and retroactive for 2015 – 2012.

45L Builder Energy Efficient Home Federal Tax Credits


Collect Tax Credit Per Dwelling Unit

Builders and Developers can collect $2,000 of tax credit for each new dwelling unit per Section 45L. Most California builders and developers already qualify due to the CA Energy Efficient Standards already in place.

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the extension of several expired tax provisions.  One of the extensions included the construction tax credit for energy efficient new homes and/or dwelling units.  Each home or dwelling unit that exceeded the heating and cooling 2006 IECC energy standards by 50% in 2015 and 2016 can receive a $2,000 tax credit.  This tax credit falls under Section 45L and is expected to save builders and/or developers millions of tax dollars for 2015 and 2016.  Here are some key facts you need to know:

  • Tax Credit applies to Single Family and/or Multi-Family units up to 3 stories including:
    • Single Family Residence(s)
    • Tract or Production Home(s)
    • Residential Condominium(s)
    • Apartment Building(s)
    • Assisted Living Residence(s)
    • Affordable Housing
    • Rehabilitation
    • Substantial Reconstruction
    • Student Housing
  • You can collect for 2016 and retroactive for 2015 – 2013 (as long as you did not already collect).  Tax credit can be claimed retroactively for up to three years.
  • Builders and/or Developers must have tax basis in the home or dwellings to claim the credit (builder or developer must own and then sell, rent or lease).
  • New home or dwelling must exceed the 2006 Edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) heating and cooling budgets by 50%
    • Most California builders and/or developers already qualify due to stringent Title 24 part 6 Energy Efficient Standards already in place.
  • Builder and/or Developer must have a detailed energy analysis that is certified by a qualified third-party (such as DuctTesters) and one of the only approved IRS SoftwareEnergy Pro 4.7, Energy Pro 4.8, EnergyGauge USA Version 5.0, or REM/Rate v14.6.2 is used to generate the energy savings calculations.
  • All energy efficient features must be verified by a certified and registered HERS (45L Eligible Certifier) rater (such as DuctTesters) for quality assurance.

You do not want to miss this opportunity to collect $2,000 of tax credit per unit.  Our DuctTesters team will ensure that you obtain the maximum tax credits and provide all the official documentation necessary to sustain an IRS audit. We use the IRS approved software programs for the IRC Sec. 45L certification.

Many NV builders and developers can qualify too.  Read more here.

Give DuctTesters – Alyssa Trebil (818) 517-6936 or Tamara Dias (209) 624-8945 – a call and they will get your company all the tax credits you qualify for.

Share our flyer and read CHEERS flyer here:

Energy Consultants Certified to Process the 45L Tax Certificates for Builders and Developers  CHEERS - HERS PROVIDER - Federal Tax Credit Information

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National Energy Awareness Month

October is National Energy Awareness Month.  This month is dedicated to a national effort to emphasize how central energy is important to our national prosperity, security, and environmental well-being. The Obama Administration is also participating this month by sharing and showcasing clean energy events and activities.

DuctTesters has compiled a list of 10 suggested ways you can participate in Energy Awareness Month and save energy at home:

  • Programmable Thermostat: if you already have one, in the winter, maintain a temperature of “68°F while you’re awake and setting it lower while you’re asleep or away from home. By turning your thermostat back 10° to 15° for 8 hours, you can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill — a savings of as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long.“ (energy.gov) In the summer, “you can follow the same strategy with central air conditioning by keeping your house warmer than normal when you are away, and setting the thermostat to 78°F (26°C) only when you are at home and need cooling.” (energy.gov) If you do not have a programmable thermostat, install one to lower utility bills and efficiently manage your heating and cooling systems.
  • Put it in a Power Strip: Plug home electronics, computers, printers, TVs, Bluerays, and DVD players, into power strips. Turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use.
  • Hot Water Heater Temperature:  Lower the hot water heater thermostat to 120°F.  This will help conserve energy and work just as effectively.
  • Upgrade to ENERGY STAR ProductsENERGY STAR labeled light bulbs, home appliances, electronics, and any other possible products.  ENERGY STAR products meet higher efficiency guidelines set by the US EPA and the US DoE.
  • Wash Laundry in Cold Water:  Always wash your laundry in cold water.  Laundry detergent works just as well and you will save energy and money by not heating the water.
  • Clean Fridge Coils: Dust your refrigerator, especially the coils behind the fridge.  Be sure to use the right tools to clean them.  By doing so, your refrigerator will run more effectively and not have to use more energy to work properly.
  • Outdoor Motion-Detector Lights:  replace outdoor lighting with motion-detector censored lighting.
  • Change HVAC filters:  If you change or clean your HVAC’s air filters at least once a month, your system should run at top energy performance.  All HVAC units are different so be sure to read the proper upkeep and maintenance for your specific HVAC unit.
  • Upgrade Windows:  Check your home’s window sealing, air leakage, and quality.  Today’s energy efficient windows are labeled and certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council.  The new windows have stickers on them labeling and certifying the window’s performance.

Not sure where to start but want to make some changes to your home?  Call us and we can perform an Energy Assessment on your home and compile a budget that fits your actual needs and desires. We do not perform the work but can help you find qualified contractors.