Energy efficient doors can reduce your heating bill during the winter months and cooling bill during the summer months while potentially providing the homeowner with a valuable tax credit. In 2009, President Obama signed into law the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, which modified the Energy Policy Act of 2005. By doing so, the potential for getting a tax credit for energy star qualified doors, windows, and skylights was extended and widened.
Although you should consult with your tax professional before doing so, it is necessary to document the purchasing and installation of the potential energy efficient doors and subsets are available for both the front and back doors. In general, the door must be a certain opacity level and be made with a solar heat gain coefficient that is in the tolerable range. The SHGC is measured between 0 and 1 and will bar the entry of certain amounts of solar radiation. All of this means that you can discount up to 30 percent of the product cost, not including installation. Although the doors might be clearly market with the energy star logo, it is also worthwhile to see if it qualifies for the same color blue logo that indicates it is eligible for the $1,500 tax credit.