Factsheet: Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program

What is the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program? The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program was established by the Tax Reform Act of 1986 (Internal Revenue Code Section 42) to create market incentives for the acquisition and development or rehabilitation of affordable rental housing.  During the last two decades, this program has become an important […]


Farm Machinery

Increasingly complex farm machinery is an essential contributor to the productivity gains of U.S. agriculture. Expenditures on farm machinery in 1995 made up 13 percent of total production expenditures.  Farm machinery sales in 1995 and 1996 leveled off somewhat after showing significant increases in 1993 and 1994. The increased value of farm assets and higher […]


Investment Advice: Beware Day-Trading Ads

Advertisements for some day trading systems or advisory services make investing look like a virtual bonanza where everyone’s a winner. But if one thing’s certain about stocks, commodity futures, options and similar investments, it’s that they’re uncertain. Any company that guarantees huge earnings is feeding you a load of “bull.”  Day traders spend their time […]


Is Hydropower Right for You?

Part 2 of Small Hydropower Systems. Of course to build a small hydropower system, you need access to flowing water. A sufficient quantity of falling water must be available, which usually, but not always, means that hilly or mountainous sites are best.  Next you’ll want to determine the amount of power that you can obtain […]


Energy-Efficient Water Heating

Part 1 of Energy-Efficient Water Heating. The next time you pay your utility bill, try one simple calculation. Divide the total amount by seven. The result is the amount you spend to heat your water. (If you receive separate utility bills for gas and electricity, use the gas bill for this calculation if you have […]


How can you finance the cost of your photovoltaic system?

Part 8 of Get Your Power from the Sun. When it comes to financing the cost of purchasing and installing your photovoltaic system, there are some special programs particular to financing solar and other renewable energy investments. But most of the options will be familiar to you. The best way to finance photovoltaic systems for […]


A Guide to Making Energy-Smart Purchases

Part 1 of A Guide to Making Energy-Smart Purchases. If you feel that energy bills are taking a big chunk of change out of your pocket, you are not alone. Americans spend more than $115 billion each year on fuel and electricity for their homes. On the average, heating and cooling (space conditioning) account for […]