Thursday, February 26, 2009

Green Stimulus: How to Retrofit Your Home and Receive Big Tax Credits

President Obama's new stimulus package is now signed into law. Here's how it affects the green-minded home owner:

1) New incentives and tax credits are now available for households for energy conservation and alternative energy. Homeowners investing in energy-saving insulation, replacement windows, duct seals, or high-efficiency heating and cooling systems can now receive a tax credit worth 30 percent of the upgrade cost (maximum credit value: $1,500). The previous tax credit was 10 percent of an upgrade cost, up to a maximum of $500.

2) If you have been thinking about switching to sustainable energy, now is the time. Solar panels, geothermal heat pumps, and windmills also qualify for a 30 percent tax credit. For example, a $24,000 investment to make a home solar-powered would generate a federal tax credit worth $7,200. Previously, the cap was $2,000 for geothermal and solar; $4,000 for wind. Add state and utility credits to this and consumers will see significant discounts in these purchases.

3) New hybrid cars now qualify for tax credits worth anywhere from $2,500 to $7,500, while plug-in conversion kits for old hybrids, now generate tax credits worth 10 percent of the kit's cost (maximum credit value: $4,000).

For questions about home energy conservation and renewable energy options, you can contact a contractor trained by the federal Home Performance with Energy Star Program

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Green to Gold Author Dan Esty Speaks about Shaklee

Dan Esty of Yale University shares a great testimonial for Shaklee Corporation. When we have authors speaking for us it kind of turns heads doesn't it.

Bottomline Shaklee has been around and stood the test of time. A company doesn't stay in business over 50 years if they aren't doing something right. There is a reason the average Shaklee user uses the products 17.5 years. Yes you that number is a fact that came from Shaklee Corporate itself. What's more Shaklee product users re-order the product 80% of the time.

I've personally use all the Shaklee products and have for over 12 years now. My focus on this blog is on the environment and using safe products that won't harm the environment. The Shaklee cleaners are the top of the line. If you look through some of the articles posted on this site you will find many testimonials, uses, and great content about the Shaklee "Green Cleaning" products.

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