Government grants for new windows in the US

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Government grants for new windows in the US
Homeowners can get money to pay for new windows. (window image by anna karwowska from Fotolia.com)

Are you are a homeowner looking to make improvements to your home? If so, go green and save money. The federal government has a number a grant programs to help homeowners improve energy efficiency and increase the value of their homes. See energy savings by replacing windows and doors.

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The Weatherization Assistance Program

The Weatherization Assistance Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), helps low-income families improve their home's energy efficiency. Infused with funding from the Recovery Act, the DOE will distribute $2 billion worth of weatherization services via this program.

Homeowners should contact their state weatherization agency to apply. Funds from this program are not paid directly to individuals, but are distributed to state weatherization agencies that filter the funds to homeowners. Financial assistance is based on income and project cost.

U.S. Department of Energy

1000 Independence Ave. SW

Washington, DC 20585

202-586-5000

energy.gov

Department of Energy--Energy Star Program

The federal government will provide tax credits to homeowners who use replacement Energy Star-qualified windows, doors and skylights. Energy Star is a cooperative program operated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the DOE. Under this program, homeowners are eligible for up to $675 in tax credits.

U.S. Department of Energy

1000 Independence Ave. SW

Washington, DC 20585

202-586-5000

energy.gov

Assisted Housing Stability and Energy and Green Retrofit Program

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)--Office of Affordable Housing Preservation (OAHP), the Assisted Housing Stability and Energy and Green Retrofit Program aims to help homeowners upgrade their homes and appliances to meet new energy efficiency standards.

The program helps homeowners make energy and green retrofit choices. To be eligible, applicants must undergo a physical and financial analysis of the home. There is no sharing or matching requirement.

All applications must be submitted to the HUD--OAHP no later than Feb. 16, 2011. Fuelled by funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus funds), the program will award $120,500,000 to homeowners nationwide.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

451 7th Street SW

Washington, DC 20410

202-708-1112

hud.gov

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