How Tinting can save on Home Energy Costs

Tinting car windows is nothing new - but did you know that you can also do it to your home windows?

Now before you ask, let me answer, No, they don't look tinted - but, according to AngiesList.com, they do save you money on your monthly energy bills.

Not only can it help keep your house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter - but the government is offering an incentive for homeowners who take this energy-savings step!

Home window film/tint - what is it?
1. Home window tinting reduces both glare and heat, reducing your energy costs.

2.  It doesn't have to be a dark tint to do that - it can be clear - so you don't even know it's there. 

3. Applied to the insides of your windows, home window tinting can reduce heat gain by keeping the sun and its harmful rays from getting into your house.

4. You'll also have less fading on your drapes, furniture and carpet because those harmful UV rays are reduced.

5.  Certain types of window film can even help burglary-proof your home. These types are designed to make glass shatter-resistant by holding the glass pieces together when broken.

What about costs?
The cost of window tinting runs about $7 to $12 a square foot for professional installation. 

For 2009 only, the federal government is giving a 30% off tax credit for purchasing home window film.

Consumers who purchase qualifying energy control window film for residential use from Jan. 1, 2009 to Dec. 31, 2009 are eligible for 2009 tax credit up to $1,500 per taxpayer.

When it comes to the tax credit there are specific product specifications you have to meet to qualify so make sure the product you use meets government requirements.

Energy Savings:
Most homeowners spend about 60 percent of their total energy bill on heating and cooling, so reducing those costs even by a little can mean a lot overall.

Energy savings aren't restricted to summer months. In the winter, tinted windows will help retain heat, keeping it from leaking out the windows.