Must Read Forbes – Green Tax Credits

reducedforbes1OK – I admit that there was not much activity today at the Open House in Newtown Square (apparently watching the Eagles trumped new home visits), but I did have the opportunity to catch up on some reading.

If you have or are planning any home improvements, you need to take a look at the Forbes Magazine special issue “Energy & Genius” dated November 24, 2008.  The entire magazine is an interesting review of energy issues and the ideas being pursued to change the way the world is consuming its resources.  No one is going to agree with everything included, but it does include something for everyone – no matter where you stand on the green scale.

More importantly, as we head toward the end of the year and you are preparing for your 2009 taxes, it has a great article highlighting some of the tax credits that may be available for home improvements – check out the article online: “The Green Tax Gusher”.  It also notes some good ideas on both projects that should be completed this year and some that probably should be delayed as credits will not be available until 2009.  Also, be sure to check out www.dsireusa.org for a good state-by-state listing of incentives.

Finally, beginning on page 87, Philadelphia has a twenty page advertising insert that covers the region’s recent developments and future plans.  It’s an interesting view as to how Philadelphia is advertising itself to the world – “A New Day.  A New Way.”

All in all, a great issue worth a review if you have an opportunity to get your hands on it.

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