'Tis the season of year-end lists. However, instead of listing the best products of the year or top gifts for contractors, remodelers or clients, Tony Maull, president and co-founder of Savebigbread.com, a consumer home improvement rebate and tax website, offers up a list that may help put money in home owners pockets for energy efficient remodels:

For contractors and builders that have clients who are sitting on the fence about installing energy-efficient equipment, or those who have already done so over the past 12 months, here are 14 tax credits to put in their stockings. But you need to act before Dec. 31.

Item

Requirements

Tax Credit Amount

Advance main air circulating fanNo more than 2% of furnace total energy$50
Air source heat pumpSplit system. Efficiency of the unit has to be equal to or greater than the following measures. HSPF 8.5, EER 12.5, SEER 15.$300
Air source heat pumpPackage system. Efficiency of the unit has to be equal to or greater than the following measures. HSPF 8, EER 12, SEER 14.$300
Biomass StovesMinimum thermal efficiency of 75%$300
Central Air ConditioningSplit system. Efficiency of the unit has to be equal to or greater than the following measures. SEER 16, EER 13.$300
Central Air ConditioningPackage system. Efficiency of the unit has to be equal to or greater than the following measures. SEER 14, EER 12.$300
Boiler – Gas or propaneAFUE of greater than or equal to 95.$150
Furnace – Gas or propaneAFUE of greater than or equal to 95.$150
Insulation – Weather stripping, spray foam, air sealing, house wrapTypical bulk insulation and products that reduce air leaks in the home.10% of the cost, up to $500.
Roofing – Metal and asphalt"Metal roofs with appropriate pigmented coatings" and "asphalt roofs with appropriate cooling granules" that also meet ENERGY STAR requirements.10% of the cost, up to $500.
Water heaters – Gas, oil or propaneEnergy factor greater than 0.82 OR a thermal efficiency of at least 90%.$300
Water heater – Electric heat pumpEnergy factor greater than or equal to 2.0.$300
Doors and skylightsMust be ENERGY STAR qualified.10% of the cost, up to $500.
Windows (includes storm windows)Must be ENERGY STAR qualified.10% of the cost, up to $200.

 

Now, the fine print: To qualify for the tax credits, clients need to have purchased qualifying products between Jan. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2013. They must also complete IRS Form 5695 and include the credit on line 52 of their 1040 form. While substantiating documents don't need to be submitted with the tax return next year, they should be kept for the homeowner's records. These documents include a manufacturer's certification statement, a product performance sheet, and a sales receipt.