Serious Materials announced that its SeriousWindows line would benefit homeowners of a credit of up to $1,500 on federal income tax returns. This is a result of the stimulus bill (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) signed in February by President Obama. SeriousWindows meet the energy efficiency requirements needed to qualify for this new tax credit.

Under the stimulus bill, homeowners can get federal tax credits for “qualified energy-efficient improvements,” which include windows, doors and skylights. The new tax credits are for 30 percent of the cost of eligible products up to a limit of $1,500. Qualifying window and door products must have a U-Factor of 0.30 or lower and a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient of 0.30 or lower. This is equal to an R-value of 3.3 or higher.

“SeriousWindows qualify for this new tax credit, helping put money back into consumers’ pockets with energy-saving home improvements,” said Ian Sullivan, vice president and general manager, Windows Division. “Not only is there a $1,500 tax credit available but SeriousWindows range of products are energy-efficient, reducing energy bills and saving consumers money for years to come. By maximizing the energy-efficiency of homes, Serious Materials is providing consumers with a reduced need for energy which results in money savings, both short- and long-term.”

The tax credits are for homeowners that purchase and install energy-saving products in their homes between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010. For more information on which products qualify,