If you haven’t taken advantage of energy tax credits for your home, 2011 is your last chance. The credits–10% of cost up to $500 or a specific amount from $50 – $300–expire on December 31, 2011 and only apply to improvements in an existing home that is your principal residence. New construction and rentals do not qualify.

The tax credits are as follows:

  • Energy Star window tax credit: up to $200 maximum
  • Water heater tax credit (includes electric, natural gas, propane, or oil): up to $300 maximum
  • Air conditioner tax credit: up to $300 maximum
  • Insulation, doors, and roof credits: up to the $500 cap
  • Furnace tax credit (includes natural gas, propane, oil, or hot water): $150 maximum. Efficiency must be 95% (up from 90% before the extension)Here are some great local resources for making improvements to your house that qualify for tax credits from both Oregon and the Federal Government:GreenSavers USA
    Make It Green
    Energy Trust of Oregon

    Caution: Taxpayer is ineligible for this tax credit if this credit has already been claimed by the taxpayer in an amount of $500 in any previous year.