Sales Tax holiday in Georgia October 1-4, 2009

October 1-4, 2009

A culture of conservation is growing in Georgia.

We are responsible for the stewardship of our state’s natural resources. Incorporating energy and water conservation practices into our daily lives benefits everyone in our state now and for generations to come. And small changes can make a big impact in our pocketbooks. To help make those changes a little easier, Georgia is offering the ENERGY STAR® and WaterSense® Sales Tax Holiday, Oct. 1-4, 2009.

During the sales tax holiday, you can purchase ENERGY STAR-qualified or WaterSense-labeled products up to $1,500 without paying sales tax. In addition to the up-front cost savings, purchasing and installing more-efficient appliances and products can reduce in-home utility costs and improve both energy and water conservation.

 

ENERGY STAR®

ENERGY STAR products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy. These appliances, electronics and lighting operate while using less energy – and less money – than older models.

Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, prevented 43 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2008 alone – equivalent to the annual emissions from 29 million vehicles – and saved more than $19 million on their utility bills. By looking to ENERGY STAR for best practices and products, households can reduce their energy use and save about one-third, or $750 annually, on their utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 

WaterSense®

WaterSense, a national program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, makes it easy to find water-efficient products. Toilets, faucets and other products that are independently certified to meet U.S. EPA criteria for water effi­ciency and performance can earn the label.Look for WaterSense labeled products

The average household spends as much as $500 per year on its water and sewer bill. By installing WaterSense-labeled fixtures and ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances that use water more efficiently, a household could save about $170 per year. If just one out of every four households in Georgia retrofit their bathrooms with WaterSense-labeled fixtures, it could save nearly 10 billion gallons of water per year – enough for every Georgian to take a shower daily for about two months.

For more information on ENERGY STAR, please visit http://www.gefa.org/Index.aspx?page=352

For more information on WaterSense, please visit http://www.conservewatergeorgia.net/documents/ waterSense_taxHoliday.html

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Why should I buy a LEED®certified home? What is LEED®?

What is LEED®

LEED® stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It was created and is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a nonprofit environmental organization with more than 14,000 member organizations dedicated to sustainability in building design and construction. The certification system has been in use for more than seven years in commercial construction, and includes Green Home Buildingmore than 3.2 Billion square feet of real estate currently seeking LEED® certification.

LEED® recognizes the highest quality in green homebuilding. LEED® promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor air quality.

Please explore case studies on a variety of LEED®-certified homes at http://www.thegreenhomeguide.org.

 

LEED®for Homes FAQs for Home Buyers

Is a green home right for me?

If you would like a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle for you and for your family, a green home is right for you. Green homes have lower utility bills, use less water, are associated with fewer asthma attacks, and are at lower risk for mold and mildew. Green homes are better for the environment, and they are affordable.

How are green homes good for the climate?

In the United States, our homes are responsible for 21% of our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. Living in a green home means that you’re helping to stop the causes of climate change.

How will a LEED®home benefit me?

The benefits of a LEED®home include economic benefits such as lower energy and water bills; environmental benefits like reduced greenhouse gas emissions; and health benefits such as reduced exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins.

LEED®-certified homes may also be eligible for financial benefits such as lower fees for financing and lower insurance rates.

How can I compare a green home to a conventional home?

Think of LEED®as a nutrition label for your home that gives you much greater confidence in specific features of your home that will contribute to your quality of life.

LEED®certified green homes include a homeowner’s manual and a LEED® “scorecard” that reflects third-party verified information about your home’s energy performance, water savings, materials used in construction, and other features.

Similar, third-party verified information is typically not available for conventionally constructed homes.

What types of homes are LEED®certified?

The LEED®for Homes certification system is tailored for the construction of market rate and affordable new single family or low-rise multi-family homes (like condos and garden apartments). Existing homes undergoing extensive renovations – down to the last studs on at least one side of each exterior wall – are also eligible to participate in the program.Green Home Building

What about remodeling projects?

USGBC and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) have partnered to create the REGREEN Program, which are the first nationwide green residential remodeling guidelines for existing homes.

 

How can I purchase/build a LEED®home?

Tell your realtor or builder that you want a LEED®-certified home. Some markets now include whether a home is LEED®certified in MLS listings of homes for sale. If you are interested in purchasing a LEED®certified home in Georgia, please contact me. I have a list of builders participating in the program.

You can also visit http://www.thegreenhomeguide.org to find a homebuilder participating in the LEED®for Homes program in your area.

Do LEED®certified homes cost more?

LEED® certification can fit into your family’s budget regardless of what it is. LEED®certified homes include everything from luxury residences to Habitat for Humanity projects. Buying green and asking for LEED®-certification is your choice.

Are there any incentives?

Many local and state governments, utility companies and other entities across the country offer rebates, tax breaks and other incentives for green homes and for remodeling with green technologies.

Where can I find more information on green home building?

Visit http://www.thegreenhomeguide.org for comprehensive information and links to other great online resources.

If you are interested purchasing a “green” home or remodeling “green” in Georgia, please contact me. As a certified EcoBroker®, I have received additional education to promote energy-efficient, sustainable, and healthier design/features in homes and buildings. If you are a Buyer, I look at your individual situation and help you find a home that is comfortable, affordable, healthy and saves money on utility bills. If you are a Seller, I will help you identify how you can improve your home’s water and energy efficiency to appeal to today’s buyer.

Sales tax holiday in Georgia for energy and water efficient products will be held October 2 – 5, 2008

The Oct. 2-5 sales tax holiday applies to ENERGY STAR appliances and, for the first time, products that carry the WaterSense label for water efficiency.

Georgia’s fourth annual ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m., Thursday, October 2nd and continues until midnight on October 5th.  During this period, products carrying the ENERGY STAR label as well as WaterSense labeled products are exempt from the State Sales and use tax. 

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

WaterSense helps consumers to identify water-efficient products and programs. The WaterSense label indicates that these products and programs meet water efficiency and performance criteria. WaterSense labeled products will perform well, help save money and encourage innovation in manufacturing. For additional information on WaterSense, please visit http://www.epa.gov/watersense/.

The sales tax exemption is intended only for individuals and their personal use.  It does not apply to purchases made for resale, purchases by businesses, items leased or rented, or items sold at sports facilities, theme parks, restaurants, public lodging establishments and airports.

SAVE even more:

If you live in a home built prior to 1993 and have an individual residential account with a participating water utility, you may qualify for the $100 rebate on the purchase of a WaterSense labeled, High Efficiency toilet.

Authorities that participate in the Rebate program:

•·        City of Atlanta·        City of Dallas, GA·        City of Hapeville·        City of Marietta

•·        City of Smyrna·        City of Roswell·        Cherokee County·        Clayton County

•·        Cobb County·        DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management

•·        Fayette County·        Fulton County·        Gwinnett County·        Henry County

•·        Paulding County

 Visit http://www.ecotransitions.com/rebate.asp for details on the rebate program by County.

ecoTransitions Inc., a WaterSense partner is a local supplier for Caroma High Efficiency toilets. Check out their huge selection at http://www.ecotransitions.com/caroma.asp. To see why these toilets work so well, visit http://www.youtube.com/ecotransitions.

Order your Caroma High Efficiency toilet today for pickup or delivery during the Sales Tax Holiday October 2-5, 2008 and SAVE Water and Money! For more info contact sales@ecotransitions.com.