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Cash for Caulkers Part 3: Claim Home Star Rebates for Windows, Doors and Skylights

6/25/2010 12:00:00 AM

Tags: Cash for Caulkers, Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010, rebates, windows, doors, skylights, storm windows, storm doors

If you’ve been wanting to replace old doors and windows with new, energy-efficient versions, or if you need storm doors and windows, you’re in luck. The Home Star program provides rebates for storm doors and windows, window films and replacement doors, windows and skylights. Here’s what you need to know:

Storm windows or doors installation: For this rebate, storm windows and doors must be installed on at least five existing doors or existing single-glazed windows, and the installation must comply with any requirements set by the Secretary of Energy.
Rebate amount: $50 for each window or door; minimum of five windows or doors; maximum 12 

Window film installation: To qualify for this rebate, the window film must be installed on at least eight exterior windows, doors or skylights or cover 75 percent of the home’s total exterior square glass footage, whichever is more. The window films must be certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council. For climate zones one to three (as set by the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code), the window films must have a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.43 or less with a visible light-to-solar heat gain coefficient of at least 1.1. For climate zones four to eight, the window films must have a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.43 or less with a visible light-to-solar heat gain coefficient of at least 1.1 and a U-factor of 0.40 or less.

Window replacement: To earn this rebate, homeowners must replace at least eight exterior windows or 75 percent of a home’s exterior windows, whichever is less. Replacement windows must be certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council.
Rebate Amount: $1,000 

Door or skylight replacement: At least one exterior door or skylight must be replaced with doors or skylights that comply with the 2010 Energy Star guidelines for doors or skylights.
Rebate Amount: $125 per door or skylight; limit of 2 doors and 2 skylights 

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