Energy Efficient Doors : The right choice for saving money, energy and comfortable living

These Energy Efficient Doors are just a couple of the examples of hundreds of beautiful designs to add the beauty that only the right door choice can make. Make your stament with Energy Efficient Doors and Windows and save money doing it.

After building more than 500 homes over a ten year period I would always spend considerable time with my clients explaining the importance of Energy Efficient Doors and Windows for the ultimate desired look and for the energy efficiency of the right choice. My customers were not only happy with the final product but excited about the lower cost of energy to heat, cool and operate their homes.

When building or remodeling your home the right choice for Energy Efficient Doors is essential for adding beauty and appeal to your home. Make sure you review the style of door that fits the desired look for your home and then match it with an Energy Efficient choice. Energy Efficient Doors will cost more up front especially if you choose a high quality wood door (my personal recommendation for your best value and superior insulating quality) which will retain its natural beauty and serve your needs for a long lifetime. Make sure to not skimp on hardware which will hold the door properly in place and allow for a tight seal from the atmosphere.

A good exterior door will fit tightly and use the best available weather-stripping technology. If you decide to use a door made of something other then wood I would reccomend a made from wood-clad steel, or painted steel, filled with a core of polyurethane foam. These doors are typically sealed with a magnetic strip like that on a refrigerator and they need no further weatherstripping if they are well-installed. To “up” the green factor, look for doors that contain recycled steel.

Storm doors are a good way to increase the energy efficiency of an existing or recycled door, but you won’t get much more efficiency out of a new, insulated door by adding a storm door. Look for low-e glazing and insulated metal frames. Some have removable glass and double as screen doors in summer. Don’t install a storm door over a door that gets much direct sunlight, as you will be creating a heat trap between them that can damage your door. This cab cause cracking, warping and damage to doors so be careful when deciding on storm door use.

The U.S. 2009-2010 Energy Tax Credit

Beginning January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010, you can replace your home’s old windows and doors with select windows and doors that may qualify for a tax credit up to $1,500 on your 2009 or 2010 federal income tax return.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 extend federal tax credits for eligible building components. The new law includes specific requirements including a U-Factor equal to or below 0.30 and a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) equal to or below 0.30 in all climate zones in the U.S. The approved bill includes the ability for homeowners to gain a tax credit of 30 percent of the cost of qualifying energy-efficient upgrades to a maximum of $1,500 per household for 2009 and 2010.

Tax Credits

Once you have made your choice for quality energy Efficient Doors that add beauty and value to your home you should make the same choices for all of your other energy saving home products such as appliances, windows, insulation, etc. If you are remodeling or you want to see what products to look for run a simple energy audit such as Energy Efficient Doors just one part Energy Audits made Simple There are also rebate programs offered by many utility companies so check out Rebate finder by Zip Code and see what you can save.

Your final energy choice might be to go green with alternative energy producers. These will not only add value to your home but will reduce or eliminate your energy bills. Check these sites for excellent choices on alternative energy:

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