Energy Saving Alternatives Can Save You Some Greenbacks

These hot summer days make me cringe at the thought of my next power bill.  When the air conditioning unit come on I can see the greenbacks floating out of my checkbook.

I don’t currently have any alternative energy sources but I am considering it for my next home building project.  Nice to know that there are a few federal tax credits for those that choose to make some energy efficient home improvements.Image

Not all energy efficient improvements qualify. You can get credit for the following:

  • geothermal heat pumps that meet the Energy Star program requirements.
  • small residential wind turbines
  • solar water heaters ~ not applicable for hot tubs or swimming pools.
  • solar panels ~ must meet current building codes.
  • fuel cells

The residential energy tax credit helps individual taxpayers pay for residential alternative energy equipment. It is only good thru 2016 so move fast if you plan to install some of these energy efficient improvements.

This credit is not available on rental properties, only on your primary residence or second home.

If you’re eligible, you can claim this credit on Form 5695,  Residential Energy Credits when you file your federal income tax return.

For all the details, see IRS Notice 2009-41, which you can download from www.irs.gov. Click here for the direct link to form 5695.

Stay cool my friends and thanks for stopping by my blog.  If you are ever in need of a friendly Realtor with lots of experience, please give me a call at 208.890.8390 or send me an e-mail @ iGroupRE@gmail.com

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Hot Home Trends for 2013

Boise-035As the way we live in our homes is changing there are many home trends in 2013 that will be directly shaped by a bit of that change. Trends in culture are showing people are changing jobs more often rather than being committed “company men” as has been the way of things for the last century; because of this homeowner’s needs and style preferences are directly influencing the types of things they are putting importance on in the home.

Here are just a few of the hot home trends for 2013:

Outdoor Living Spaces
This one is on FIRE! And hey, why not have a fire? Patio spaces with well designed decks, fire pits, and bar-be-que spaces with all the latest gadgets are all the rage. Courtyards are being customized with audio and video, turning what was just a space for holiday hangouts into places you will be spending more of your time in all year round.

Neutrals and Color Pops
Neutral main color themes seemed to have caught on, some say for affordability, but also because they make pops of color all the more vibrant. If you’ve not seen this style do a little googling or pop around pinterest to find out what it’s all about. Neutral doesn’t have to be drab or plain if you know how to work it!

Energy Efficiency
Especially in the area of new home construction, there’s been a real influx of “green energy” builders – even here in our little valley! Not only is this trend great for the environment but it’s also great for the homeowner as these new technologies not only provide a savings on the month to month costs of owning your home but in many cases they can also lend to the longevity of your home as well.

These are just a few samples of what’s hot in homes right now! I love working with home buyers, especially one’s who have great ideas about what they want in their next home. Part of providing the best East Boise real estate services possible is knowing what’s going on in the market; that is one place in which I excel! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and please feel free to contact me about any of your home needs!

New Home in Nampa Just Listed

Nampa Idaho Homes
I am EXCITED to share this one with all of you! This elegant home in Nampa Idaho comes with all of the modern amenities you demand plus rich warm interior styles you love!

Check Out These Details:
809 Augusta Drive Nampa, Idaho
4 Bedroom | 2.5 Baths | 3,041 Sq Ft

Fantastic custom built home on 1/2 acre with in ground pool and hot tub. Fully fenced yard with auto sprinklers, covered patio, storage area, and pool room. Nice flowing plan with formal living, dining, family room and office on the main level. The spacious kitchen features stainless steel appliances, large center island, hardwood floors and granite counter tops. 2 gas fireplaces and 1 pellet, 2 furnaces for temperature control. The master suite has a fireplace, coved ceiling, fan, dual vanities, jetted tub – a posh sanctuary from your busy day.

I am proud to serve the Treasure Valley with some of the best home finding services available today! Big or small I can help you find the most exceptional homes on the market in Idaho today. Visit my website to begin your Idaho home search now or contact me to get hands on help!