From marijuana to 'sexting': new laws set to take effect Jan. 1

3. Environment

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A New Hampshire resident gets a energy audit for her home.

“The environment is another big area of regulation, as our elected officials attempt to create laws that incentivize green behavior,” says Ms. Levinson.

• In Arizona, individuals and corporations can get income tax credits for using wind, biomass, and solar electricity. The size of the credit will depend on the amount of electricity produced.

California homebuyers doing a home inspection can now request that an audit of the energy efficiency of the home be included. The goal is help educate homeowners about which energy-efficiency home investments would be cost-effective.

New York will require companies that make or sell electronic waste equipment to begin free recycling programs for consumers.

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