Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Bill Offers Help to Consumers, Makers of Energy-efficient Windows, Doors, and Skylights

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, have introduced legislation that would help consumers take advantage of a tax break found in the stimulus package.

The tax break is intended to encourage the purchase and manufacture of energy-efficient windows, doors, and skylights.

Rockefeller and Grassley’s legislation changes the eligibility standard from a one-size-fits-all standard to the recently released new ENERGY STAR standard. This standard considers regional weather differences and is widely recognized. A change in the incentive will enable consumers to more easily determine if their windows qualify for the expanded tax credit.

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