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Energy Efficiency Resources

Caption Ryan McFarland

A blower door tests the airtightness of a house. The machine will help identify leaky areas that should be sealed to make the home more energy efficient. This is a key test in an energy audit.

To help you get started with energy efficiency and conservation, see the following lists of resources. If you are a homeowner, we recommend that you consider getting a home energy audit. The audit, conducted by a trained and certified professional, will let you know what projects to consider for your home, based on your budget. This list also includes resources to see what incentives are available to you to help offset the cost of energy efficiency projects. Since many utilities offer real money toward insulation and other efficiency items; you should take advantage of what is available to you.

Get started

Use the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Saver website to find ways to save energy at home. Check out this introductory video about the home energy audit process

Get the details

For more than 30 years, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has remained the “leading center of expertise on energy efficiency.” Check out their Consumer’s Guide to Home Energy Savings.

Get smart: Calculate your energy use

The Home Energy Saver ™ helps you save money at home by calculating your energy use and provides recommendations on upgrade opportunities. Become more energy efficient and learn how to reduce your carbon footprint by taking the time to use the Home Energy Saver ™ calculator.

Get savings: Efficiency incentives

In many states, there are rebates and other financial incentives to help consumers and other entities become more energy efficient. The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) has a list of those incentives (and of renewable energy too) that you can find through a clickable map. 

Get a certified energy efficiency professional

The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) provides a list of certified contractors to help you measure your HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Rating. RESNET certified professionals conduct energy audits to determine where energy is not being used efficiently in your home and tells you what you can do about it. 

Also, the Building Performance Institute (BPI) certifies individuals the conduct energy efficiency retrofit work. BPI has a tool to find accredited contractors in your area.

Get a line: Hang your clothes

Save money by skipping the clothes dryer and dry your clothing and linens on a clothesline. Project Laundry List advocates for air-drying and cold-water washing laundry.

Get Where You’re Going, but Don’t Waste Gas

Every day 3.8 million gallons of fuel is wasted by idling cars. Pledge to stop idling for more than ten seconds when you aren’t in traffic.

Get a kick out of it: Video fun

Check out the Illinois based comedic duo, the Energy Bills. Join Big Bill and Little Bill as they learn about energy efficiency.