Monthly Archives: November 2010

Federal Tax Credit Deadline for Energy Savings

Note: The deadline for 2010 Tax Credits has passed.

There are only 31 days left to make a qualifying purchase and install energy saving window treatments that will be eligible for federal tax credits this year. The deadline is December 31, 2010.

energy saving cellular shades for federal tax credits

Did you know that you could get a tax credit for updating your window treatments? As one of the ways that the United States government is helping individuals to go green and reduce energy use, individuals are able to upgrade systems within their home and receive a tax credit for doing so. Only certain approved energy efficient upgrades will qualify, though.

What Is the Law?

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 established energy efficient improvements to existing homes. All purchases must be made between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010. Window treatments fall under the insulation aspect of this tax credit. You may clam a credit of up 30 percent of the purchase price off your 2009 or 2010 tax return, up to $1500.

There are a few products you can choose:

  • Hunter Douglas offers their Duette Architella honeycomb shades. These are the only window shades that qualify without any add on insulation systems required. These products can double the energy efficiency of a window.
  • ComfortTrex also provides a product to choose from called ComforTrack Plus Energy Saving Sidetrack Insulation System. This product works together with cellular shades to create a solid insulating barrier.
  • The 3M Window Films on the market are also tax credit approved as they reduce up to 99 percent of the sun’s UV rays and reduce excessive heat gain.

With each of these window treatment products, you should check with the companies to confirm which specific products qualify for the tax credit and make sure to save all receipts and get copies of certification statements from the manufacturers. Keep in mind that measuring and installation costs will not be eligible for these tax credits. This is an easy way to invest in updating the look of your home and improve home energy efficiency for long term money saving.

Tragic Recall of Roman Shades Continues

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has expanded its original voluntary recall of Roman Shades and Roll-Up Blinds announced in December 2009 to now additionally include 495,000 roman shades and 28,500 roller blinds imported by Hanover Direct Inc., which is cooperating with this recall.

For full details please read the official press release from the USCPSC :
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11036.html

This new recall is due to the unfortunate report of a 22 month old boy from Cedar Falls, Iowa, who was found hanging by his neck from the outer pull cords of a Roman Shade in May 2010. His father had managed to rescue him, but the child tragically died at the hospital.

Consumers are being urged to immediately stop using all Roman Shades with inner cords, all Roll-Up Blinds, and all Roller Blinds that do not have a tension device, and contact the Window Covering Safety Council at (800) 506-4636 anytime for free repair kits or visit www.windowcoverings.org. Consumers who have roller blinds with a tension device should make sure the tension device is attached to the continuous loop bead chain or continuous loop pull cord and is installed into the wall or floor.

Examine all shades and blinds in your home, if you live with or take care of children. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side or back of the product. CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.

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The Window Covering Manufacturer’s Association has also recently announced that it has opened the revision process for WCMA A100.1; 2nd Provisional American National Standard for Safety of Corded Window Covering Products in an effort to improve safety standards for window coverings.

View the original press release from WCMA