October 6, 2010 | Vol 5, Num 40
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Senators Draft Bill to Extend Energy Efficiency Credits

U.S. Senators Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) and Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) have joined together to release draft legislation...read more

Mathews Brothers Welcomes Maine Governor

Belfast, Maine–Mathews Brothers Co. welcomed Maine Governor John Baldacci last week as it officially announced plans to add the Clara Starrett EnergyCore window...read more

Syron Launches EcoVue Line

Targeting demands for higher performance, Syron Industries recently launched its EcoVue product line incorporating Mikron Industries' EnergyCore vinyl profiles...read more

Bonneville Adds Accoya Wood Option
Targeting growing demand for green, Bonneville Windows & Doors is now offering Accoya...read more

DOE/EPA Seeks Input on Energy Star Top Tier

Government agencies are seeking feedback on a proposed new program to identify and advance highly efficient ("super star") products...read more

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Is a New Energy Efficiency Tax Credit a Good Idea?

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John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door

Tax credits for energy effircient home improvements are scheduled to expire at the end of year. Now new draft legislation has emerged in the Senate that would extend and even expand those credits.  Yes, I'm sympathetic to the view of many that government should stay out of our business, but I think that's good news. 

The bad news is that, as written, the initial bill provides inadequate credits for windows, particularly compared to other industries' products. Why should a heating system be eligible for a tax credit up to $3,000 and a houseful of R-5 windows only $1,000?  To recognize the importance of a quality installation, the cost of labor covered in the insulation arena is eligible for the credit.  Isn't a quality installation important for windows? How come our installation costs aren't included?

Yes, the initial bill has flaws, but I still think it should be applauded.  What do you think?  That's our poll question of the week.  And I take Senators Snowe and Bingamon at their word that their initial draft is just that–a draft. They say they are open to comments and suggestions. I hope our industry leaders take them up on the offer and provide them with useful feedback. And I'd like to hear your feedback too.  Post your comment on the Talk page of WindowandDoor.com.  Or, if you prefer, you can email me directly and share your thoughts. What provisions would you like to see part of an energy efficient tax credit?  And let's not be selfish, what provisions do you think would deliver the most bang for the government buck? 

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