Posted by: greenpinkies | January 23, 2011

Delay of Game, Five yard penalty or “Honesty, is such a lonely word” (Billy Joel 1979)

Well, going slow is good sometimes, but costly at other times. Because we were not able to get our equipment in the house and operational by December 31, we do not qualify to get the Federal energy tax credit. This delay was somewhat costly but not exceptionally so. The windows did get in before the deadline.

When things like this happen, the true resolve of a person to do right is sorely tested. After all, the HVAC system, Rinnai system and Hydronic heat was designed and ordered before the deadline. This fulfilled the spirit and the intent of the government’s incentive as far as we could interpret it. Nevertheless, the wording for tax purposes is: “date put into service”.  This small point made the difference for us between tax credit or no tax credit.

So… why not backdate?  You would be surprised the number of people who would do this. A sad statement, really. (We won’t go off on that here.)

To this we say simply: “no way”.  The law is the law.

We are very grateful that our suppliers also see it our way. We wish to here acknowledge that both Ozark Mountain Air and Sun City Solar Energy feel as we do and did not add any pressure to compromise our position. Kudos to them.

Now for the good news:  There are other incentives that we are still in the running to qualify for. The federal tax incentives were only part of them. Next year, for 2011, the tax credits do appear again, only they give less,  that is: 10% of cost up to $500.

Lastly: In the big picture, we have never been hugely damaged by following the ‘high road’.  In fact, there are many good surprises along the way and the view is really great.

The moral of this story: “Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose”  (Sweet Seasons, Carole King, 1972)



  1. “Sometimes the blues get a hold of you…” Good song!

    Kudos to you for taking the high road. Rewards seem to always come when you do, but that, of course, is not the primary reason to do so.

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