CertainTeed Urges Homeowners to Capitalize on Federal Energy Tax Credits by 'Reinvesting in the American Dream(SM)'

Apr 15, 2009, 10:44 ET from CertainTeed Corporation

VALLEY FORGE, Pa., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- As tax season closes and the daunting task of preparing a tax return is fresh in the minds of homeowners, there is no better time to plan ahead. Several smart investments in energy efficiency can make it easy for homeowners to save money now on their utility bills, save money on next year's tax return and create a more comfortable, environmentally friendly home.

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As part of the recently signed-into-law American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), homeowners can take advantage of a key provision that allows them to earn credit on their income taxes by making key energy-efficient home improvements.

To make it easy, CertainTeed Corporation has launched a new online resource www.certainteed.com/energytaxcredit. The site offers an easy-to-understand explanation of the tax credits, in which homeowners can reduce the amount of taxes they pay next year, up to $1500, by investing in insulation, cool roofing, exterior doors and windows.

"With unpredictable home energy costs, the growing consumer demand for eco-friendly products and interest in the federal tax credits, energy efficiency is top of mind for many homeowners," says Peter Dachowski, president of CertainTeed Corporation. "As North America's leading brand for building products for more than 100 years, we want to show homeowners how they can reinvest in their homes to save now on their bills and next year on their taxes."

The CertainTeed website offers a wealth of information on energy-saving products, resources and tips, including:

How to determine the right R-value for your area. To find out if a home is lacking proper insulation, homeowners will need to find out the recommended R-value, or insulating power, for their area. Homeowners can visit the U.S. Department of Energy's website for a user-friendly map to guide them.

Choosing the right insulation for the right area of your home. Speaking generally, fiberglass insulation batts are typically used in walls, and blow-in insulation can be an ideal way to add insulation to an attic. Products such as InsulSafe(R) SP and OPTIMA(R) Blow-In Insulation can have an immediate impact on your energy use, and it is non-combustible, made from recycled glass, and resists moisture to prevent mold growth.

Staying on top of rising energy costs. Organizations like the Alliance to Save Energy offer tools that project upcoming energy costs in your state.

Maximizing energy efficiency with solar reflective roofing. Installing affordable, cool roofing products, such as Landmark Solaris(TM), can help homeowners reduce energy costs while giving a boost to their home's curb appeal. Thanks to new cool roofing technology, solar reflective roofing products are now available in rich, vibrant colors. Tax credits are also available for select traditional roofing shingles, such as CT-20, XT-25 and XT-30 shingles from CertainTeed.

For more information or to find a qualified contractor in your area, visit certainteed.com/energytaxcredit.

About CertainTeed

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed(R) is North America's leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, windows, fence, decking, railing, trim, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.

Headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 6,000 employees and more than 65 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. In 2009, CertainTeed was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a national award that recognizes environmentally responsible corporations. The group had total sales of more than $3 billion in 2008. www.certainteed.com.

    For more information contact:
    Michael B. Loughery, CertainTeed
    (610) 341-7328

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