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2012–2013 Tax Credit for ENERGY STAR Qualified Windows, Doors and Skylights

Homeowners may claim a tax credit for the purchase of ENERGY STAR qualified windows, doors, and skylights in 2012 or 2013. The following guidance is not intended as legal advice. It is recommended that you visit www.irs.gov Exit ENERGY STAR or consult a tax professional with specific questions.

To be eligible for the credit, windows, doors, and skylight must:

Homeowners may receive a tax credit equal to 10% of the product cost (installation costs may NOT be included) up to:

  • $200 for eligible windows and skylights
  • $500 for eligible doors

Homeowners may receive no more than $500 total for all energy efficiency tax credits. If you claimed an energy efficiency credit in a previous taxable year, please consult a tax professional or visit www.irs.gov Exit ENERGY STAR to determine your remaining eligibility for this credit.

For more information about this credit or those from previous years, visit www.irs.gov Exit ENERGY STAR and see the instructions for Form 5695, Residential Energy Credits.

Look for ENERGY STAR When Purchasing Products

Windows, doors, and skylights that are eligible for a federal tax credit must meet strict criteria. ENERGY STAR makes it easy to find the right products. Look for the ENERGY STAR label to be sure the product you are buying is eligible for the tax credit. Example labels are shown below for your reference.

Windows and Skylights

ENERGY STAR Qualified
in Highlighted Regions

This image shows an ENERGY STAR product qualification label for windows and skylights. The product label states �ENERGY STAR Qualified in Highlighted Regions� at the top and has an ENERGY STAR certification mark on the left. On the right is a map of the United States with the Northern, North-Central, and South-Central Zones highlighted to show where this product qualifies. To learn more about ENERGY STAR climate zones, please contact ENERGY STAR for Windows, Doors, and Skylights at windows@energystar.gov.

See how the label might appear on the window.

ENERGY STAR Qualified
in All 50 States

This image shows an ENERGY STAR product qualification label for windows, doors, and skylights. The product label states �ENERGY STAR Qualified in All 50 States� at the top and has an ENERGY STAR certification mark on the left. On the right is a map of the United States which is completely highlighted to show that the product qualifies throughout the United States.

See how the label might appear on the window.

Doors

This image shows an ENERGY STAR product qualification label for doors. The product label states

This image shows an ENERGY STAR product qualification label for doors. The product label states "ENERGY STAR Qualified in All 50 States" at the top and has an ENERGY STAR certification mark on the left. Beneath this, the label reads �Does this door meet the criteria for its glazing level? (Check only one box)� and is followed by a table. The table outlines the qualification criteria for each glazing level, followed by a column headed �Yes� where the manufacturer is to check, indicating the product qualifies for that glazing level. The first row includes the opaque, the second includes quarter or half-lite (less than or equal to half-lite), and the third includes three-quarter or full-lite (greater than half-lite). Opaque doors must have a U-factor of 0.21 or less and there is not requirement for SHGC. Less than or equal to half-lite doors must have a U-factor of 0.27 or less and an SHGC of 0.30 or less. Greater than half-lite doors must have a U-factor of 0.32 or less and an SHGC of 0.30 or less.

Doors with a checkmark in the "1/4 or 1/2 Lite" or "Opaque" row are eligible for the tax credit.

Windows, Doors, or Skylights

This image shows an ENERGY STAR product qualification label for windows, doors, and skylights. The product label states �ENERGY STAR Qualified in All 50 States� at the top and has an ENERGY STAR certification mark on the left.

This label may also appear on some eligible windows, doors, or skylights.