If you have been putting off home improvement projects, the government is giving you an incentive to start them now.
By purchasing certain Energy Star items you can receive up to a total of 500 dollars in tax credits.
The tax credits have been extended through the government's Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.
A local home improvement company says the improvements are investments that will save you money in the long run.
Cara Hardin of Scottco says, "Especially in the older homes are not built as tight as the newer homes are so you know my home was built in 1950 and you lose a lot of that energy out if you have the older windows and you don't have things sealed up tight so for sure that's an issue."
Home owners can receive credit for ten percent of the total cost of exterior windows, doors, and metal roofs.
For central air conditioners, heat pumps, and water heaters you can get up to 300 dollars. And, you can receive up to 150 dollars for natural gas, propane, and oil furnaces.