Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is a federal corporation and the nation’s largest public power company. TVA supplies reliable, competitively priced power to Tennessee and promotes energy efficiency.
Energy Right is an energy efficiency program and initiative offered by TVA and participating local power companies. It promotes the wise and efficient use of electricity in homes and small businesses.
Energy Star is a program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy which promotes the purchase and use of energy-efficient appliances and equipment by awarding the Energy Star label. Their site includes programs descriptions, product specifications, lists of qualifying products and manufacturers, news and updates.
Energy Savers is a government site which provides consumers with free and inexpensive strategies for saving energy and money through the cool fall and winter months, as well as energy-saving investments that can provide savings over the long term. You'll also find information on financial assistance for energy-saving improvements.
ToolBase Services is the housing industry's resource for technical information on building products, materials, new technologies, business management, and housing systems.
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is a division of the United States Department of Energy and provides energy information, including programs, research, and news. It promotes eenhancing energy efficiency and productivity, bringing clean, reliable and affordable energy technologies to the marketplace, and making a difference in the everyday lives of Americans by enhancing their energy choices and their quality of life.
Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH): The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) is dedicated to accelerating the development and use of technologies that radically improve the quality, durability, energy efficiency, environmental performance, and affordability of America's housing.
Southface is a nonprofit corporation providing sound environmental education and outreach programs. It began as a grassroots organization and promotes sustainable homes, workplaces, and communities through education, research, advocacy and technical assistance.
Building Science provides objective, high-quality information about buildings. This resource combines building physics, systems design concepts, and an awareness of sustainability to promote the design and construction of buildings that are more durable, healthier, more sustainable and more economical than most buildings built today.
Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) provides green building performance education and resources to transform the residential design, development, construction, and remodeling industries to profitably deliver energy efficient, and environmentally responsible buildings, and communities.
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation. Developed by the USGBC, LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is a nonprofit devoted to research, publications, and conferences on energy efficiency in buildings, utilities, appliances, office equipment, industry, and transportation.
Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) is a nonprofit coalition of business, government, environmental, and consumer leaders promoting efficient use of energy. The ASE offers consumers all the information they need to save money, increase comfort, and even reduce pollution through energy efficiency.
Efficient Windows Collaborative (EWC) members have made a commitment to manufacture and promote energy-efficient windows. This site provides unbiased information on the benefits of energy-efficient windows, descriptions of how they work, and recommendations for their selection and use. Take a look to learn more!
GreenBuilding.com is a website for homeowners and building professionals devoted to how to build green and separate the real green products, professionals and procedures from all the “greenwashing” that is taking place.
Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) is a non-profit trade association representing manufacturers, suppliers, fabricators/distributors, design professionals, and builders committed to providing quality structural insulated panels for all segments of the construction industry.
Insulating Concrete Forms Association promotes the use of ICFs, and to help overcome industry obstacles. ICFs are hollow “blocks” or “panels” made of plastic foam that are stacked into the shape of the walls of a building then filled with reinforced concrete to create the structure.
Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium (GHPC) is the non-profit trade association for the geothermal heat pump industry. As an impartial third-party voice, it promotes the design and installation of geo-thermal heating and cooling systems, the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly heating and cooling technology in the world. The GHPC supports national and state efforts to optimize energy efficiency and mitigate environmental impacts by promoting maximum sustainable growth of geothermal heat pump technology.
International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) is a non-profit, member-driven organization established in 1987 to advance ground source heat pump (GSHP) technology on local, state, national and international levels and to promote the use of ground source heat pump technology worldwide through education and communication. Headquartered on the campus of Oklahoma State University, IGSHPA utilizes state-of-the-art facilities for conducting GSHP system installation training and geothermal research. With its access to the most current advancements in the geothermal industry, IGSHPA is the ideal bridge between the latest technology and the people who benefit from these developments.
American Water Works Association (AWWA) is the authoritative resource on safe water, providing knowledge, information and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the water community. Included is useful information on water-wise landscaping practices, water conservation, and filtration.
Healthy House Institute (HHI) provides consumers information to make their homes healthier. HHI strives to be the most comprehensive educational resource available for creating healthier homes. To this end, HHI treats the home like an ecosystem with many interrelated parts, covering topics in-depth such as air and water quality, building, remodeling and furnishing, cleaning and housekeeping, health and safety, ventilation, lighting, energy efficiency and more.
New Mexico Solar Energy Association (NMSEA) is an educational nonprofit organization, dedicated to promoting solar energy and related sustainable practices. NMSEA was one of the first organizations in the country, founded in 1972, to seek methods and ideas on how to use renewable energy, how small villages could live sustainability, and how to empower people through education about these issues.
In a typical home, 43% of the utility bill goes toward heating and cooling. (US Dept. of Energy)
If your leaky faucet sends one drip per second down the drain, you're wasting 3,000 gallons a year. (US EPA)
Recycling 1 aluminum can saves enough energy to run your TV for 3 hours. (The Recycle Challenge)
The average household spends $1,400 each year on energy bills. By choosing Energy Star-qualified products, consumers can cut this by 30 percent, saving about $400 each year. (Energy Star)
The difference between a car that gets 20 MPG and one that gets 30 MPG amounts to $2,500 over 5 years, assuming gas costs $2.50 per gallon and one drives 12,000 miles a year. (Alliance to Save Energy)
ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs use about 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs, last up to 10 times longer, save about $30 or more in electricity costs over each bulb's lifetime, and produce about 75 percent less heat, so they're safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling.
If you spend 10 minutes in the shower, you've just sent 20 gallons of water down the drain. A bath uses 50 gallons. (US Geological Survey)
Save 10% of your annual heating bill by rolling your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees when you're not home. It's a myth that your furnace expends more energy warming the place back up so that it's not worth it. (U.S. Dept. of Energy)
Indoor air quality can be as much as 100 times worse than outside air quality. (US EPA)
According to the U. S. Green Building Council, changing five of the most frequently used light bulbs in your home to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) can save $100 per year on electric bills.
Between 80 and 85 percent of the energy used to wash clothes comes from heating the water. Using warm or cool water instead of hot will save money and energy and get clothes just as clean. (U.S. Dept. of Energy)
The United States consumes almost 9 million barrels of gasoline daily—43 percent of total global daily gasoline consumption. (Alliance to Save Energy)
Over an air conditioner’s lifetime, only one-fourth of the total cost is for the purchase of the air conditioning unit. The greater cost—three-fourths—is for the energy to run the air conditioner.
(Alliance to Save Energy)
Replacing old model air conditioners with Energy Star units can cut cooling bills by 20 percent or more. (Energy Star)
“Sleep” features that power down home office equipment and other electronic devices that are turned on but not in use can save households up to $70 annually. (Alliance to Save Energy Power$mart Booklet)
A typical 1,700 square-foot wood-frame house requires the equivalent of 1 acre of forest timber.
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