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Home improvements that pay off at tax time

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By Chuck Myers
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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Some federal tax credits from some energy-efficient home improvements and other energy saving measures have been extended. But do you know which credits are available?
A number of websites offer varied and detailed information about the energy-efficient tax credits available to homeowners and builders. Here is a sampling of sites:
Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute: Spotlights specific federal tax credit amounts for changes made to residential HVAC, water heaters, home gas and oil, and more. www.ahrinet.org/+federal+energy+efficiency+tax+credits.aspx
Alliance to Save Energy: Offers background and details on energy-efficient tax credits for 2012. ase.org/efficiencynews/remaining-2012-energy-efficiency-home-tax-credits
Energy Star: Click on "Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency" near the bottom of the page to learn about different tax credits available for consumers. www.energystar.gov/
Saving2Invest: Presents overview of home energy tax credits extended into 2013. www.savingtoinvest.com/2009/05/green-energy-home-and-auto-tax-crdits.html
U.S. Department of Energy: Provides several energy saving tax credits for various programs under "Savings" section. www.energy.gov/taxbreaks.htm

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