Door & Window Business
Jan. 8, 2014

Improving your home's energy efficiency for a federal tax credit
WFMY-TV
If you're considering a home-improvement project that will cut energy costs, it's not too late to take advantage of special federal tax credits. To qualify for the tax credits - which reimburse homeowners 10 percent of the cost of an Energy Star-qualifying home improvement project, up to $500 - the improvement must have been made in 2012 or 2013. More

Recruit with HP works
ACI
Are you hiring? Post your open positions on HP Works, the home performance industry's jobs board! HP Works offers employers the opportunity to conduct targeted candidate searches specifically within the home performance industry. More

Nominate an industry leader
ACI
ACI is currently accepting nominations for the 2014 ACI Leadership Award! Presented annually since 2005, this award recognizes visionary leaders doing extraordinary work to advance the home performance industry. Honor your mentor or a respected colleague by submitting a nomination now. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, February 28.More

National agenda coming soon
ACI
The educational agenda for the 2014 National Home Performance Conference & Trade Show is almost finished! ACI's program committee expects to release the agenda in just a few weeks, but it's never too early to make your plans to attend. Register for this event today! Remember: all individuals who register for the conference prior to April 1 will be entered to win a two-night stay in a Junior Suite at the host hotel, the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center! More

Winter renovations to boost home energy efficiency, add value
Collegiate Times
It's that time of year again, when the cold wind blows outdoors and your home works as hard as it can to keep you warm and comfortable indoors. Yet your home may be working harder than necessary, while inflating your energy bills in the process. By making a few home renovations this winter, you can boost energy efficiency, save money and add value to your home in the long run.More

Tips to prepare your home, car and more for the cold
Daily Press
Experts in health and home and auto maintenance have advice to help prepare residents for freezing temperatures and extreme wind chills. The Virginia Department of Health is advising residents to have an emergency kit prepared with supplies, such as an alternate fuel source for heating your home, flashlights and batteries in your home and car, blankets, food that needs no cooking or refrigeration, a three-day supply of water, prescription medicines, a battery-operated radio and flashlights, and battery-powered cellphone chargers.More

Home improvement tips
The Washington Post
Every week, Jura Koncius helps you in your quest to achieve domestic bliss. Got a question about decorating? She's happy to whip out her paint chips and suggest the perfect hue, call a retailer to help track down a hard-to-find accent piece or offer some do-it-yourself. More

Bay City, Mich., officials offer residents tips on how to avoid frozen pipes brought on by bitter cold
MLive
To help citizens avoid frozen pipes that could result from the ongoing winter storm and bitter cold, Bay City, Mich., officials recently provided the following tips: Let a thin stream of cold water run from a faucet. The stream should be a continuous flow, about the thickness of a pencil. This water can be caught in a bucket or pail to be recycled later as laundry or dish water.More

3 astoundingly simple solutions for big renovation challenges
Collegiate Times
Americans are renovating again. In fact, the remodeling market hasn't been this robust since 2004, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ Remodeling Market Index. Yet even the most enthusiastic homeowners-turned-renovators may hesitate when faced with certain common challenges – be it adding a bathroom in a problematic location or figuring out how to bring natural light into an interior room. More