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Energy Efficiency

The typical American family spends close to $1,862 a year on their home's utility bills. Cooling and heating your home uses more energy than any other system in your house. Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy is wasted. By using a few inexpensive energy-efficient measures, you can reduce your energy bills by 10 percent to even 50 percent, and at the same time, help reduce air pollution.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website has tips and calculators you can use to measure and reduce your energy consumption.

Helpful Sites

  • Home Energy Saver
    The Home Energy Saver is a web-based, do-it-yourself tool homeowners can use to calculate the savings they may achieve by making their homes more energy efficient. It's sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's ENERGY STAR program.
  • American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
    The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental protection.
    Review ACEE's Online tips, frequently asked questions, and home checklist for information on heating and cooling, lighting, appliances,windows, etc on their Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings.
  • The Alliance to Save Energy
    The Alliance to Save Energy promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security.
  • The Home Energy Magazine
    The Home Energy magazine provides information on residential energy efficiency, performance, comfort, and affordability.
  • U.S. Department of Energy
    The U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offer web resources dedicated to consumer's interested in home energy efficiency and renewable energy. See Energy Savers and Energy Star.
  • The Residential Energy Services Network
    The Residential Energy Services Network's (RESNET) mission is to improve the energy efficiency of the nation's housing stock and to qualify more families for home ownership by expanding the national availability of mortgage financing options and home energy ratings.
  • Energy Star
    The ENERGY STAR Homes program uses Home Energy Raters (HERs) for verification that homes meet strict energy guidelines developed by the program. Also, mortgage companies rely on HERs to evaluate homes for Energy Improvement Mortgages. Find raters on the ENERGY STAR website and the RESNET website.
  • ENERGY STAR @ Home
    Explore this interactive tool on the ENERGY STAR website. Discover common ways to improve energy efficiency and save money through home upgrades, proper maintenance, and modifications. Sealing air leaks and adding insulation in your home can create substantial savings for you.
  • Building America Program
    The U.S. DOE Building America program is dedicated to developing energy solutions for new and existing homes. Their work provides technical insight on how to properly construct homes.
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design 
    The U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program is a green certification process for buildings. LEED is now expanding their green certification for residential homes.
  • Dept. of Energy's Consumer Energy Website
    This website contains in one place all of the things you want to know about reducing energy consumption at home.