Learn More About Energy Efficiency
The best way to approach making your home or business more energy efficient is by
educating yourself on the following:
- When was your structure built?
- What are the building materials utilized in your building?
- When were the appliances installed?
- When were the appliances last serviced?
- What are the low or no cost changes that could be implemented to save energy?
- What energy efficiency measures can be utilized?
- What are the new technologies that could be utilized to replace aging appliances?
- Are there utility incentives and/or state/federal tax credits available to help with financing these measures?
- Can you take advantage of low interest or no interest loan opportunities for projects with a longer payback period?
Recognizing the importance of energy efficiency has lead federal and state agencies to spend billions on developing educational tools. Here is a list of sites that will assist you in understanding the built environment and how to save money:
- Energy Star Home Page
- Energy Star Kids
- Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
- Efficient Energy Use at Wikipedia
- Energy Savers (U.S. Department of Energy)
- Energy Efficiency at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Buy Energy Efficient
- Alliance to Save Energy
- International Energy Agency
- American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
- Efficient Windows Collaborative