Green building Links
Use the home energy calculator to give you an idea of your home’s energy consumption and carbon footprint. This will help you establish what kind of changes should be made to increase your home’s energy efficiency and consequently diminish energy costs.
Aside from the environmental and health benefits associated with a greener home, many local and state governments, utility companies and other organizations are offering rebates and tax breaks.
Energy Star Offers
Learn about the latest offers and rebates on Energy Star products offered in your area: Rebate Locator
Home Improvement tax credits
Federal tax credits are available at 30% of the cost, up to $1500, in 2009 and 2010 for windows and doors, insulation, roofs (metal and asphalt), HVAC, water heaters (non-solar), and biomass stoves. Federal tax credits are available at 30% of the cost, with no upper limit through 2016 for geothermal heat pumps, solar panels, solar water heaters, small wind energy systems, and fuel cell.
Get informed about federal tax credits for home improvements: Federal Tax Credits
Massachusetts Residential Incentives: Incentives/Policies for Renewables and Efficiency
Many people are unaware of the special mortgage options that exist for investing in home energy improvements. The most flexible green mortgage is the Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) which is available to buyers, sellers, remodelers, and refinancers. First, a Home Energy Rating Systems (HERS) report will evaluate the existing versus potential energy efficiency, providing an estimate of the costs to improve the energy performance and the possible monthly savings. This cost is then added to the mortgage, allowing for a larger loan, because the utility savings will offset the increased mortgage payments. Major lenders like Citibank, Countrywide, MassHousing, Wainwright bank and Bank of America offer EEMS.
Energy Efficient Mortgage Home Owner Guide
Energy audits are analyses of energy consumption that can be very useful in determining what measures you should take to make your home more energy efficient. An energy auditor will do a room-by-room assessment of your home, as well as a thorough study of past utility bills. The auditor will be able to identify specific areas that may have a significant impact on your heating and cooling costs. It is important to see what kind of certifications, specific audit services and report types an auditor provides when deciding whom to hire. (Please contact us if you would like a listing of local energy auditors)
Fontenot Contracting has always had a vested interest in recycling materials associated with the building process. Below, we have listed some of the organizations we work with as well as some websites regarding recycling in Massachusetts.