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In this scenario, several contradicing as “three systems,” amounts to tions may appear to have occurred. $45,000 gross price. The $28,500 of tax credits is only 63.33 2) For federal credit, $45,000 is percent of the purchase price, not the multiplied by .30 for a total of $13,500. often-quoted 65 percent. This lies with the Hawaii $5,000 per system cap. The total refund attributed to the 3) The federal gross tax liability is energy credits is a combined $21,000 $15,000. ($13,500 + $7,500), not the anticipated 4) For federal net tax liability, $28,500. This occurs because $7,000 $13,500 is subtracted from $15,000, will be carried forward on the state return. totaling $1,500. Finally, what happened to the “missing” $500 of the state credit? 5) No credits to carry forward. The credit applied is $8,000, but the 6) The total income tax withheld refund is only $7,500. The answer is nothing. That amount was never is $16,000. paid to the state as either tax with7) For the tax refund, $1,500 is sub- holding, estimated tax payments or tracted from $16,000, totaling $14,500 past tax refunds applied to the following year. While the net tax liabil($13,500 attributed to tax credit). ity was reduced to zero ($8,000 The same procedure applies to $8,000), the total taxes actually withheld was $7,500. calculating the Hawaii credit: While the renewable energy cred1) For state credit, $45,000 is mul- its are an integral part of the decitiplied by .35, totaling $15,750 but sion to “go solar,” consumers must be wary of companies that overlimited to the $15,000 cap. emphasize that part of the equation. 2) The state gross tax liability is Some have gone so far as to illustrate 33 panels as “five systems” for $8,000. the Hawaii tax credit, whereas 3) For the state net tax liability, “three systems” are more likely to be $8,000 is subtracted from $8,000, accepted. But, it’s up to the taxpayer to make the claim, not the solar comtotaling 0. pany. In the event that the tax 4) The credit to be carried for- department challenges the claim, the ward is $15,000 minus $8,000, total- consumer will be the one to “take the hit” in an adverse ruling. There ing $7,000. have already been reports of a 5) Total income tax withheld is “crackdown” by the tax department in this regard. $7,500. For information on designing effi6) For the tax refund, nothing is sub- cient and economical solar systems, tracted from $7,500. Is $500 “missing?” call Hi-Power Solar at 342-0802.

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and your family. Here’s a checklist for home holiday safety: • Ask a friend or neighbor to watch your house and take in your newspaper and mail if you plan to spend the holidays away from home. Put lights throughout the house on timers to turn them on and off in your normal living pattern. • If you display a live Christmas tree or live greenery, select the freshest possible. A moist tree is less likely to catch fire. Look for a trunk sticky with cords and the parade of sap and for green needles BY KAREN NAKAMURA people going in and out of that bend and are secure on lanning for the holi- your home call for more the branches. • When using a live days is a busy and joy- safety precautions to help ful time. But all of the you make this holiday sea- Christmas tree, cut the base decorations, extra electrical son safe and happy for you at a 45-degree angle.


Place it in a container with water and always keep the water level above the cut. • Place trees a safe distance from stoves, radiators, vents, fireplaces and any other heat source that may dry the tree. Inspect the tree for dryness daily. • Inspect all holiday light wiring. Defective, worn or frayed electrical wiring should be thrown away. Check for the UL label on lights. Also, be sure to use fixtures specifically designed for outdoor use if you decorate your house, trees or yard. • Use no more than three light sets on any one extension cord. Also, don’t run

electrical cords under rugs. Be sure all lights are turned off before you go to bed or leave the house. • Place candles and other open flames away from decorations. Never leave burning candles unattended and always supervise children when burning candles. • Keep a fire extinguisher near your Christmas tree. Make sure your family has a fire emergency escape plan. In case of fire, leave your home and call for help from a neighbor’s home. • When buying artificial decorations, check for “flameproof” or “fire retardant” qualities. • Never burn wrapping paper in a fireplace or wood stove. Certain ink pigments react with heat and create airborne particulates that are dangerous

to inhale. Also don’t burn evergreens, they could flare out of control and send flames and smoke into your house. • Cooking is a leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. When you cook, be sure to wear clothes that fit close to the body so they won’t be ignited by hot burners. Do not leave items cooking on the stove and be sure that pot handles are turned in. • The decorations around your house, lights, gifts, music and the presence of loved ones make the holiday season festive and fun, and with the proper precautions, safe. Learn more about home safety, maintenance and homeownership at www. adviceatbiahawaii.org.

Karen Nakamura is executive vice president/CEO of the Building Industry Association of Hawaii.

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ighthouse Solar has made great strides toward being “part of the solution” since its inception in 2006. In a span of only five years, the company has become one of the largest solar and photovoltaic-energy installers in the nation, with 14 locations coast-tocoast as well as its own brand of cuttingedge solar energy panels. Impressed with Lighthouse Solar’s high business standards and environmentally friendly practices, Mark Kelley decided to open a franchise of his own in October 2009 as a way to help Hawaii homeowners save some of their hard-earned money. “Living in the state with the highest energy costs in the country, I felt that helping people save money on energy costs, as well as reducing our dependency on imported oil, was the perfect rea-

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Light from all angles Avoid lighting that casts unnatural colors into the room. Use a combination of overhead and other lighting. Using only overhead lighting can create an energetic drain, causing discomfort and restlessness. As a complement to overhead lights, use holiday candles, side lamps and decorative table lighting to add the feeling of coziness.

Minimize red Although red is a traditional Christmas color, it represents the fire element in feng shui, and too much of it can work against you. While having fire energy is positive and uplifting, an overload of fire can create overexcited energy and lead to emotional outbursts, burnout and fatigue. The low energy that many people feel after the holidays is often created by an unbalanced fire element in their Christmas decorations.

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energy consumption,” said Eric Carlson, RevoluSun principal. “After that, if the home has enough roof space, a homeowner can add a FIT system, which actually makes them money while at the same time it creates clean energy. It’s a win-win for both the homeowner and Hawaii!” Chang’s net metered system is a 4.1 kW system, and the FIT system is a 16.7 kW system. Driving by, you will see 88 SunPower panels on his roof, pumping out green energy every day.

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aving your roof replaced is a big undertaking. Not only does it affect your schedule and your home, it also has the potential to disturb your neighbors. While this is not so much a factor if your home is large and on an acre of land, for homes that are in town, the disturbance can be much more palpable. If you have never had your roof replaced and are considering having it done, here are some of the things you can expect to have happen during the replacement:

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