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By Christopher Pagli - ABR, GREEN | Agent in Westchester, NY
  • Celebrate Earth Hour March 29, 2014

    Posted Under: Agent2Agent in Westchester County, Going Green in Westchester County, How To... in Westchester County  |  March 26, 2014 6:20 AM  |  661 views  |  No comments

    Earth hour was founded by the World Wildlife Fund and aims to educate the masses on a variety of environmental issues.  The event began in Australia in 2007 and has since spread all around the world.  The concept is simple, we all turn our lights off for one set hour on March 29, 2014 from 8:30pm - 9:30 PM.  There are other ways you can get involved as well, visit http://www.earthhour.org/celebrating-earth-hour for the complete history and further details.  See you in the dark!


    Christopher Pagli

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    William Raveis Legends Realty Group

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  • Energy Tax Credits Are Going To Expire December 31, 2011!!!!

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Westchester County, Home Selling in Westchester County, Going Green in Westchester County  |  December 15, 2011 7:46 AM  |  1,997 views  |  1 comment
    The home energy tax credits allowed by the government will expire December 31, 2011.  Congress has not approved any extensions so take advantage of this while you still can.

    The allowance for the tax credits that home owners may be eligible for include:

    • $300 for electric heat pump water heaters, electric heat pumps, central air conditioners, biomass stoves, and natural gas, propane, or oil water heaters.
    • $150 for natural gas, propane, oil furnace, or hot water boilers.
    • $50 for advanced main air circulating fans.
    • 10% of the cost of insulation and sealing materials, exterior doors and certain types of energy efficient roofs.
    • 10% of the cost, up to $200, of exterior windows or skylights.
  • New Law Extends Tax Credits For Energy Efficiency In 2011

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Westchester County, Home Selling in Westchester County, Going Green in Westchester County  |  January 21, 2011 9:48 AM  |  1,131 views  |  No comments
     

    On December 17, 2010, President Obama signed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. This law extends the tax credits for energy efficiency into 2011, BUT at lower levels. The levels revert back to those in effect in 2006 and 2007, which were 10% of the cost of the improvement, up to $500, with a $200 max for windows, and several other set maximums.

    Highlights:

    • 10% up to $500 for insulation, roofs, and doors.
    • Windows capped at $200, but qualification now ENERGY STAR
    • Furnace and boilers capped at $150, and all furnaces and boilers must meet 95 AFUE
    • $50 for advanced main air circulating fan
    • $300 for air conditioners, water heaters, and biomass stoves 
    • $500 lifetime limit. If you got over $500 in these tax credits from 2006-2010, you are not eligible for anything more.

  • Tips For Purchasing A New Dish Washer

    Posted Under: Remodel & Renovate in Westchester County, Going Green in Westchester County, How To... in Westchester County  |  December 1, 2010 6:40 AM  |  1,681 views  |  1 comment

      1) Energy Star rating: Energy Star models must use 41 percent less energy than non-qualified models. At the store, compare the energy-consumption costs of various models using the yellow "EnergyGuide" label on the product.

      2) Gallons per cycle (gpc): Energy Star doesn’t factor water savings into its dishwasher ratings, but the yellow “EnergyGuide” label will help you calculate the water costs. Find out how much water a new dishwasher uses per load. The average new Energy Star model uses four gallons per cycle (gpc) when set on “normal,” but some models use twice that, depending on their size. Look for models with several cycle selections. If your dishes don't need heavy-duty washing, you can switch to a light or energy-saving cycle to use less water.

      3) Capacity: Purchase a washer that fits your needs. Compact models hold eight place settings plus six serving pieces, while standard capacity models hold more. A compact dishwasher will use more energy and water if it's run more frequently to handle multiple loads, but a standard capacity washer wastes water if you run it when it’s not completely full.

      4) Drying: Choose a model with an air-dry feature, which cuts down on energy use. You can also save energy by hand-drying your dishes.

  • Time Is Running Out to Claim Two Home Energy Tax Credits In Westchester County NY

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Westchester County, Remodel & Renovate in Westchester County, Going Green in Westchester County  |  November 13, 2010 8:17 AM  |  1,701 views  |  No comments

    Last year’s Recovery Act  expanded two home energy tax credits: the nonbusiness energy property credit and the residential energy efficient property credit.

    Nonbusiness Energy Property Credit

    This credit equals 30 percent of what a homeowner spends on eligible energy-saving improvements, up to a maximum tax credit of $1,500 for the combined 2009 and 2010 tax years. The cost of certain high-efficiency heating and air conditioning systems, water heaters and stoves that burn biomass all qualify, along with labor costs for installing these items. In addition, the cost of energy-efficient windows and skylights, energy-efficient doors, qualifying insulation and certain roofs also qualify for the credit, though the cost of installing these items does not count.

    By spending as little as $5,000 before the end of the year on eligible energy-saving improvements, a homeowner can save as much as $1,500 on his or her 2010 federal income tax return. Due to limits based on tax liability, amounts spent on eligible energy-saving improvements in 2009, other credits claimed by a particular taxpayer and other factors, actual tax savings will vary. These tax savings are on top of any energy savings that may result.

    Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit

    Homeowners going green should also check out a second tax credit designed to spur investment in alternative energy equipment. The residential energy efficient property credit equals 30 percent of what a homeowner spends on qualifying property such as solar electric systems, solar hot water heaters, geothermal heat pumps, wind turbines, and fuel cell property.  Generally, labor costs are included when figuring this credit.  Also, except for fuel cell property, no cap exists on the amount of credit available.

    Not all energy-efficient improvements qualify for these tax credits. For that reason, homeowners should check the manufacturer’s tax credit certification statement before purchasing or installing any of these improvements. The certification statement can usually be found on the manufacturer’s website or with the product packaging. Normally, a homeowner can rely on this certification.

    The IRS cautions that the manufacturer’s certification is different from the Department of Energy’s Energy Star label, and not all Energy Star labeled products qualify for the tax credits.

    Eligible homeowners can claim both of these credits when they file their 2010 federal income tax return. Because these are credits, not deductions, they increase a taxpayer’s refund or reduce the tax owed. An eligible taxpayer can claim these credits, regardless of whether he or she itemizes deductions on Schedule A . Use Form 5695, Residential Energy Credits, to figure and claim these credits.

  • How Do Passive Solar Homes Work?

    Posted Under: Going Green in Westchester County, Design & Decor in Westchester County, Property Q&A in Westchester County  |  November 10, 2010 7:44 AM  |  2,060 views  |  No comments

    By having lots of windows facing south, you are enabling your home to capture optimal solar heat.

    Once the heat is captured, it must be absorbed. Brick walls or slab floors covered in tile (an exposed surface) work their magic by absorbing the natural energy.

    Then "thermal mass" is what stores the energy. These are the materials below the surface.

    Next, the solar heat must be distributed to other areas of the home. Many homeowners choose to use ductwork, vents, and fans.

    And finally, the home must work to minimize heat during the super hot summer months. This can be done through awnings, fans, and shades.

  • Conduct Your Own Home Energy Audit, It's Easy!

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Westchester County, Going Green in Westchester County, How To... in Westchester County  |  October 19, 2010 12:02 PM  |  1,174 views  |  No comments
    I love dIY stuff, it saves you time and money!  I hope you find this process as useful as I have.

    1. Hunt down drafts.
     Hold a lit stick of incense near windows, doors, electrical outlets, range hoods, plumbing and ceiling fixtures, attic hatches, and ceiling fans in bathrooms—anywhere drafts might sneak in. Watch for smoke movement. Note what sources need caulk, sealant, weather-stripping, or insulation.

    2. Check attic insulation. Winter or summer, insulation does the most good when it’s overhead, so start with the attic. First, do you have insulation? If the insulation you see covers the tops of the joists by several inches, you probably have enough. If the insulation is only even with the tops of the joists, you probably need to add insulation 

    3. Check wall insulation. Remove electrical outlet covers to see if your wall contains insulation. Shut off power to the receptacle before probing beside the electrical box with a wooden paint stirrer. Check some switch boxes as well. Their higher wall location lets you see if blown-in insulation has settled.

    4. Look for stains on insulation. These often indicate air leaks from a hole behind the insulation, such as a duct hole or crack in an exterior wall. Seal gaps with caulk or spray foam insulation.

    5. Inspect exposed ducts. Look for obvious holes and whether joints are sealed. Heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) ducts are made of thin metal and easily conduct heat. Consider insulating them. Uninsulated or poorly insulated ducts in unconditioned spaces can lose 10% to 30% of the energy used to heat and cool your home.

    6. Check anything that goes through an exterior wall. Examine dryer ducts, plumbing lines under sinks and vanities, anything that pierces a wall. Any gaps around it should be sealed with spray foam insulation or caulk.

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