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Incorporating green technology into your home can help both the environment and your bank account!

Between air conditioning, heating, water, and power, homes can have quite a high carbon footprint. Using energy-saving green technology can help reduce that footprint, while also saving you money in the long run. Additionally, there are many cost-saving incentives offered by the government for switching to renewable energy or energy efficient products.

At Prime Five Homes, we use large windows that help bring natural light into the house. This allows a home’s interior to illuminate without the use of electricity. Not to mention skylights and large windows are beautiful additions! These characteristics make rooms feel more airy and spacious, and, the best part is, they could be saving you up to 20% of the initial cost via federal tax credit. This credit applies to doors, as long as they are ENERGY STAR certified.

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Visit this website to learn more about these tax credits:https://www.energystar.gov/about/federal_tax_credits/windows_and_doors

California is in a serious drought, and conserving water has never been more important. Our homes feature custom water capture systems that collect, and filter rainwater, to use around the home. If you do not have a built-in water capture system at your home, you could purchase a rain barrel. The county of Los Angeles is offering a $100 rebate for all barrels that can hold at least 50 gallons of water.

If you are interested in purchasing one, check out http://www.lastormwater.org/green-la/low-impact-development/residential-solutions/rain-barrels-and-cisterns/

Our homes also incorporate solar panels, which provide free renewable energy from the abundant SoCal sunshine.. Solar panels can be expensive, but you could save up to 30% of that cost in federal tax credits.

Visit this website for more information http://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program/detail/1235

If you’re in the market to lease a new car, incredible incentives from the federal and state government can help you get a killer lease deal on an affordable and fun-to-drive electric car. The federal government is offering $7,500 in tax credits for electric cars, and the state of California offers up to $4,000 in tax credits on top of that. Especially in Los Angeles, owning an electric car has become increasingly practical, thanks to abundant free or low-cost charging stations in convenient locations.

See if your car qualifies here! http://fueleconomy.gov/feg/taxevb.shtml

For more information on ENERGY STAR products and how you can save money by going green visit these websites.

https://www.energystar.gov/products

https://www.energystar.gov/campaign/waysToSave?s=mega

http://energy.gov/savings

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