Undated (WXOW) - If you make your home more energy efficient before December 31st, you could be eligible for a federal tax credit.
There are several products and appliances that may qualify for a tax credit, including insulation, heating and cooling equipment, roofing and windows.
However; before you commit to any improvements, Angie's List Suggest evaluating your home's needs.
An energy audit can help do that by telling you how much energy your home uses and what you can do to improve efficiency. Auditors can also conduct a blower door test to detect leaks.
An audit typically takes about three to four hours to complete and costs $250 to $800. Most auditors take pictures, both infrared and digital, and include those in a report with descriptions and suggestions on how to fix issues.
"When hiring an energy auditor you want to make sure they are an independent third party," said Angie Hicks, Angie's List. "The auditor should come in and give you an assessment. They shouldn't be selling you the actual items."
For a list of products and appliances that may quality for a tax credit head to the Angie's List website http://www.angieslist.com/articles/times-running-out-earn-energy-efficiency-tax-credits.htm
Keep in mind that the total credit can't exceed $500 and it must be claimed on the 2013 federal income tax form.
You'll need to fill out IRS Form 5695 and provide a copy of the Manufacturer's Certification Statement, along with a receipt. Your service provider should be able to help you with the certification statement.