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Still Stimulating: Home Performance News and Resources

New IRS form ready for tax credits; more than $450 billion in ARRA funds still to be spent; energy-related resources More

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Home Energy Audit With Ed Voytovich

Remodeling magazine senior editor Stacey Freed follows Ed Voytovich, executive director of the Building Performance Contractors Association of New York State, on a residential home energy audit. More

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The RRP: A Work in Progress

For legislation that surfaced nearly 20 years ago, the Environmental Protection Agencyís lead-safe work practices rule (Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting, or RRP) seems to be eliciting the most passionate debate at the 11th hour. More

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Obama Unveils ëCash for Caulkersí Rebates for Energy-Efficient Retrofits

Homestar program would provide up to $3,000 for product upgrades, whole-house retrofits. More

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Green Payback

A focus on "green" and sustainable remodeling projects and how remodelers can answer their clients' questions about return on investment for those projects. More

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Cash for Caulkers: the Ultimate Construction Job-Creating Machine?

Over the course of two years, the proposed program would allocate roughly $23 billion to encourage U.S. homeowners to seal their ducts, insulate their attics and basements, install programmable thermostats, and otherwise retrofit leaky homes in relatively minor ways that can greatly reduce energy use. More

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New Jersey Remodeler Helps Clients Earn State Rebates

Remodeler Craig Lord works with New Jersey's Home Performance with Energy Star program. More

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Remodelers Sort Through Questions as Energy Audits Gain Steam

Between the home energy tax credits and the ongoing energy bill debate, there may be no better time for remodelers to consider offering energy audits. More

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Glazed and Confused: Window, Door, and Skylight Tax Credits

The way that door and window products qualify for tax credits has changed. Here's what you need to know. More

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Energy Audits Aid in Setting Tax Credit Priorities

Using energy audits to set priorities for the stimulus tax credit. More

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