How to get energy tax credits in 2011

Energy Star label on an appliance
Energy Star label on an appliance

If you think you may have missed out on energy tax credits because you didn't get to those energy-saving improvements on your 2010 to-do list, think again. When President Obama signed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 last December, the benefits included extension of many energy efficiency tax credits into 2011.

The levels and limits on these energy tax credits are lower than before; basically back to where they were when the incentives started in 2006-2007. But, if the energy saving home improvements covered are needed anytime soon, taking advantage of them is still very much worth your while, with the best deals in the bunch offered for components and systems that help you bring renewable energy into your life.