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Tax Credits Granted for Energy Management, Energy Efficient Home Improvements, Hybrid Vehicle Purchases

Improving your home’s energy management and energy efficiency comes with a great perk from the government.  Not only will these improvements provide a strong return on investment towards savings on your energy bills, but they will also result in a tax break, by filing Form 5695.

For a number of years, the tax credit benefitted taxpaying homeowners who invested in energy-efficiency upgrades on their home. These energy management upgrades include insulated windows and doors, as well as energy-efficient air conditioning and heating systems.  In 2008, the tax credit for optimizing energy performance wasn’t granted, but it came back in 2009 and 2010, with a higher monetary value for taxpayers.

Home-owning taxpayers who made energy-efficient home improvements are eligible under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to receive a credit equal to 30 percent of the cost of energy efficient upgrades, with a maximum credit amount of $1500. In previous years, the credit was only $500. 

In order to be eligible for the maximum credit, a homeowner would have to invest $5,000 towards energy-efficient home improvements.  For those who made improvements in previous years and only received $500 or under, the good news is those homeowners can claim their energy-efficient home improvements for this new credit.

In order to qualify for this tax refund, energy-efficient renovations must have been made during 2009.  Individual item limits and income limits don’t exist for this credit, and if you’re beginning renovations in 2010, you’re eligible to file next year for the tax credits.

The government is making tighter regulations and standards for items and renovations to qualify for the credit.  IRS warned that although a product carries the Energy Star label, it may not qualify. It’s the manufacturer’s responsibility to certify that the items qualify.  Keeping a copy of the product’s certification statement is advised by the IRS.

Taxpaying homeowners who install geothermal heat pumps, wind turbines, or solar water heaters and other forms of alternative energy are in for an even bigger tax credit, with a 30% credit and no maximum limit, and the credit extends to preparation and installation costs as well.

Energy efficient tax credits also apply to the purchase of hybrid or alternative energy automobiles for the first 60,000 hybrids each manufacturer sells.  Manufacturers that had hybrids still eligible in 2009 for the tax credit are Saturn, Nissan, Mercury, Mazda, GMC, Ford, Dodge, Chrysler, Chevrolet and Cadillac.  For 2010 cars, hybrids eligible include those from Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Mercury, GMC, Ford, Chevrolet and Cadillac.

Plug-in electric cars are also eligible for tax credits, and the credit ranges from $2,500 to $15,000 depending on the weight and kind of vehicle, and its battery.

Advanced Control Corporation offers an array of environmentally sound solutions for building automation, energy management, access control, optimizing energy performance and CCTV Solutions. Our experience and continuing work in building automation solutions and security automation solutions give us the skill set necessary to produce optimal results every time for our clientele.

Indian Government to Reduce Energy Consumption & Emissions with Energy Management Plan

As the world’s 4th largest polluter, India is making plans to reduce energy use and emissions that cause global warming with an energy management plan, opening a market in trading energy-saving credits that may reach the equivalent of $16 billion in Indian rupees, over the next five years.  

The Indian government released its plan in April to aim for saving 23 million metric tons of oil in the next 5 years through reducing energy consumption in high-power consuming industries.  It plans to refund upto half of unpaid loans granted to companies that invest in building retrofits, building automation and other energy-efficient projects such as systems integration

India will award credits to businesses reaching and exceeding the goals set for energy efficiency.  These credits may be traded on power exchanges with companies failing to reach the targets.

In order to meet the current demand for power, India is in need of power capacity additions of nearly 20,000 megawatts.  The National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency has a goal to avoid adding power capacities, and wants to lower carbon dioxide emissions growth by nearly 100 million tons per year.  According to power ministry data, this amount is one tenth of the current annual emissions.

By the end of March, the Indian government plans to have efficiency targets set for companies, and is in talks with two of the country’s power exchange companies, Indian Energy Exchange Ltd. and Power Exchange India Ltd. to set up trading protocols.

With this new energy exchange trade program, India expects to meet its goal of lowering carbon use by as much as 20% from the emissions levels in 2005 to the numbers they will be at in 2020. One stumbling block on a global level is how 194 nations refused to sign to binding goals towards the reduction of carbon dioxide.

 With experience in building automation solutions and security  automation solutions, Advanced Control Corporation creates optimal results on all our clients’ projects. Advanced Control provides a vast selection solutions that are energy-efficient and environmentally-sound, including building automation, energy management, access control and CCTV Security Solutions.

Energy Retrofits and Building Automation Save the Life and Expenses of a Building

The environmental impact buildings have on the United States is at alarming levels — accounting for 40% of the nation’s energy usage and an equal percentage of carbon output, and adding to that water consumption, waste management and vehicle transportation for waste management as well as employees of the building, it is clear change is necessary.

Building automation is the leading solution towards streamlining building energy management.   Although LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is a goal for many new buildings, oftentimes the certification covers only the construction and design process.  It’s simple when it’s a project being worked on externally by a team. But once the building is occupied and in use, oftentimes the building maintenance team poorly manages lighting control, elevator access control, heating / ventilation and air conditioning, the building’s efficiency potential is not met, and the building uses an unnecessary amount of energy.

Not only should the focus be on constructing a sustainable Building Solution, but also on retrofitting old buildings to also be greener and more energy efficient.  By conserving water and utilizing renewable energy, as well as implementing building automation systems, even older buildings can benefit from energy retrofittings.

Most building occupants applaud and welcome the idea of greening a building, but when it comes to behavioral change for the individual, many fail to change their ways, keeping the greening process from reaching its potential. Simple habit changes such as manually turning lights on after a timer has shut them off, or returning cutlery and dishes to the dishwasher instead of tossing out disposable plasticware can be unwelcomed by employees.

Old buildings represent only 4% of LEED-certified square footage, but account for a fifth of LEED registered square feet.  Making existing buildings greener poses a number of challenges, as it is a multi-faceted project to attack and integrate building systems.  The coordination of a number of priorities is necessary, and oftentimes, they are clashing. For instance, meeting the requirements of energy efficiency with heating and air conditioning, while meeting the the comfort needs of occupants.  Oftentimes instead of the greening falling under one large project, it is broken into conflicting pieces where different departments overlook a specific aspect of the building while it clashes with the energy needs of another aspect.

Above all other challenges, the budget for going green is the most difficult for building owners and building management to monitor and control.  Most organizations have a long list of budget priorities and constraints, with an aim to increase their bottom line as much as possible.  While going green does provide an increased return on investment, it takes some time to create and see the changes.

Building Automation, Energy Retrofits Among Rising Energy Management and Energy Efficient Trends

With a number of green energy management trends becoming the rule rather than the exception, building automation in Florida and energy retrofitting for buildings around the nation is widely popularized.  The movement towards sustainable buildings is solidifying, and there is a lot to hope for and look forward to in the upcoming year.

Congress has long been discussing raising standards of current building and energy codes.  By creating nation-wide universal standards, companies providing products or services in the green energy market or that aid in retrofitting buildings and creating energy-efficient solutions will have a firmer grip on the standards necessary for these projects.

America’s buildings account for 40% of the nation’s energy consumption. Without integrated systems, these structures are wasting energy through heating, air conditioning, poor insulation, as well as a lack of lighting control and elevator access controlSystem integration and building automation are just the beginning of creating energy-efficient buildings. Additionally, with improved insulation and replacing old heating and cooling systems, these changes pay for themselves in time, as energy bills face reduction with newer and more energy-efficient systems.  With so much talk in Washington in regards to new jobs being developed for these projects, the green energy movement is gaining momentum.

Building energy retrofits optimize energy performance as well as building maintenance in regards to heating and cooling.  Retrofits lead to energy cost reductions as high as 30%.  Commercial buildings that are older than five years typically benefit from retrofits, seeing a return on investment and reduction in energy costs in under five years. The market for building retrofits is expected to face growth from under $4 billion in 2009 to a potential $15 billion in 5 years.

Advanced Control Corporation provides a number of energy-efficient solutions from building automation and energy management to building access control and security measures such as CCTV Solutions. Our experience and continuing work in building automation solutions gives us the skill set necessary to produce optimal results for every project.

Energy Efficient Grants and Building Automation Provide Hope for Cities with Poor Energy Management

Urban cities with a high concentration of renting tenants tend to face a number of energy management and building energy efficiency problems. One such town plans to make a stronger move towards building automation and energy efficiency upgrades that not only decrease the amount of energy wasted, but helps lower the energy bills of tenants. Boston, Massachusetts is hoping to put into place a city-wide program benefitting from federal funds to provide incentives that encourage landlords to invest in retrofitting their buildings and focusing more on energy management.

Governor Deval L. Patrick and his administration is seeking to upgrade energy efficiency practices for entire neighborhoods throughout Massachusetts through an application for a federal stimulus grant in the amount of $60 million. Boston plans to target a specific high-rental area that could potentially face energy bill savings of $8.6 million within 5 years of beginning the program.

Massachusetts plans to put $45 million toward energy-efficient retrofits throughout the state, and $15 million toward an energy retrofit program in Boston’s Blue Hill Avenue corridor, an area with a high amount of rental properties.  The administration estimates energy upgrades would produce over $41 million in energy bill savings by the end of the project’s third year.  Within the three-year period, the projects is estimated to create or retain nearly 5,000 green economy jobs throughout the state, including HVAC vendors and installers, weatherization contractors,energy assessors, and project support employees.

Over the next three month, the United States Department of Energy is reported to be rewarding funds for 20 projects costing anywhere from $5 million to $75 million to help perpetuate energy efficiency upgrades throughout the nation, and Massachusetts hopes to be among recipients.

Advanced Control Corporation offers a large selection of environmentally-sound, energy-efficient building solutions for building automation, energy management, access control and CCTV Security Solutions. Our experience in building automation solutions and security  automation solutions give us the skill set necessary to produce optimal results every time for our clientele.

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