Why spend a lot on heating and cooling only to see that energy leak out your windows? Up to 30% of residential heat loss and heat gain occurs via windows alone.
Improving home energy efficiency through weatherization may involve air sealing, insulation, door and window upgrades, and ventilation improvements.
Weatherization lowers energy costs, keeps out wildfire smoke, pollutants, and allergens, and may lower the cost of a heat pump because a well-insulated and ventilated home requires a less expensive heat pump. It also may avoid the need to expand ducts for a cold climate heat pump.
IMPORTANT Federal (IRA) Energy Efficiency TAX CREDIT Limits:Existing home & principal residence (U.S.) only. No new construction or rentals. House, houseboat, mobile home, cooperative apartment, condominium, and manufactured homes are okay. The overall total limit for an efficiency tax credit in one year is $3,200: $1,200 for any combination of home envelope improvements (windows/doors/skylights, insulation, electrical) plus $2,000 for heat pumps and heat pump water heaters. (Geothermal heat pumps are eligible for a separate tax credit). ENERGY STAR example of how to maximize these tax credits (scroll to bottom of ENERGY STAR page). See below for information on REBATES. See Internal Revenue Service Product and Efficiency Requirements for financial incentives before you make any purchases.
Inflation Reduction Act25C tax creditfor 30% of the cost of the materials (not installation) for windows/skylights up to $600/year and doors at $250 per door, $500 total. External windows and skylights must be ENERGY STAR-certified and meet the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient criteria. See a list of products or search here for doors, windows and skylights. Eligible doors must be ENERGY STAR certified and meet glazing levels. All panel upgrades and weatherization projects are capped at $1,200 per year.
Some WINDOW COVERINGS qualify for the IRA tax credit – 30% of the purchase price including sales tax (but not measuring or installation costs), up to $1,200. Hunter Douglas. Comfortex. (let us know if you find any other companies!)
Some WINDOW FILMS also qualify for the IRA residential energy tax credit (form 5695) as well as commercial buildings (179D tax credit). They reduce solar heat gain through windows in summer, but also block incoming solar heat in winter, so are best used in areas with short winters, according to the Department of Energy. Note that the type of window the film is applied to affects whether the film qualifies for a tax credit. Madico Certificate. PNM offers at-the-register discounts for heat control film.
Low income residents may get financial weatherization assistance from the New Mexico Energy Smart Weatherization Program Home. It provides energy-saving retrofits and home modifications at no charge to eligible homeowners and renters. If you rent, your landlord must consent to having the home weatherized
The HOME Investment Partnership Program provides home repairs or accessibility modifications to homeowners who lack the resources to do so. Services include: energy-saving measures that help improve the efficiency of the heating and cooling of the home and reduce utility bills, repair or replacement of furnaces, ducting or water heaters, roof replacement and mobile home replacement, measures to bring the home up to code and utility connections. There is a similar program for Veterans.