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25: Energy Saving Resources


04-03-2006

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Energy Star Logo

Energy Star
The government-backed symbol for energy efficiency

Energy Savers Logo

Energy Savers: Tips
Energy-saving tips, ideas and solutions

Path Website Logo

HUD PATH Website
Partnership for Advancing Housing Technology

Home Energy Saver Audit Site

Home Energy Saver
Do-it-yourself energy audit tool

 

Home Owners

Energy efficient homes are less costly to own, operate and maintain, and they are more comfortable. Americans spend more than $160 billion a year to heat, cool, light, and live in our homes. This energy represents about 21 percent of the national total and includes significant demand for electricity and natural gas. Many households could save 20-30 percent on their household energy bills by implementing energy efficiency improvements. The Partnership for Home Energy Efficiency primarily focuses on existing homes -- both owned and rented. The following Web links are designed to provide practical information to improve the energy efficiency of their properties to homeowners and rental property owners wishing to make improvements.

Energy Star
The Energy Star website provides information about a voluntary labeling program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Information helps consumers and businesses easily identify highly efficient products, homes, and buildings that save energy and money, while protecting the environment.
http://www.energystar.gov/

Products that earn the ENERGY STAR
When looking for new household products, look for ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR. They meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and DOE.
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR
An innovative whole-house approach to improving the comfort and energy efficiency of your home that depends on qualified contractors who perform a top to bottom energy inspection of your home and make improvements. Find out if it is available in your area.
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_improvement.hm_improvement_hpwes.

Energy Savers
The Energy Savers website offers information and tips to improve energy efficiency for both buildings and transportation and highlights specific components and practices that contribute to better energy efficiency.
http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/tips/

Consumer Guide to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The most complete guide to the world of renewable energy and energy efficiency options offering information on ways to save energy for both residential and commercial buildings, including ways to generate electricity on-site, and how to buy energy efficient vehicles.
http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/

Energy Solutions for Your Home
From A to Z energy questions about your home, condo or apartment, this site offers a comprehensive set of suggestions on home energy efficiency measures, as well as an overview of home energy use.
http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/info/homes/index.html

Home Energy Efficiency Mortgages
Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEMs) recognize that reduced utility expenses can permit a homeowner to pay a higher mortgage to cover the cost of the energy improvements on top of the approved mortgage. FHA EEMs provide mortgage insurance for a person to purchase or refinance a principal residence and incorporate the cost of energy-efficient improvements into the mortgage. The borrower does not have to qualify for the additional money and does not make a downpayment on it. The mortgage loan is funded by a lending institution, such as a mortgage company, bank, or savings and loan association, and the mortgage is insured by HUD.
http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/energyenviron/energy/apply/fha.cfm

 

Contractors & Builders

 

The Partnership for Home Energy Efficiency is working to develop new, low cost building technologies and practices to improve the efficiency of the nation's homes and to accelerate market penetration of energy efficiency in both existing and new homes. Partnership activities for the building professions include training and credentialing programs; establishment of a new standardized home energy efficiency service, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR; and development of best practices manuals for remodelers and climate-specific new home construction. The following Web links are designed to have relevance for every member of the builder's team -- from the manager to the site planner to the designers, site supervisors, the trades, and marketers. Materials provide guidance on energy efficiency best practices for home builders, home contractors, home improvement professionals and remodelers.

Building Toolbox
From blueprint to ribbon-cutting, this site offers suggestions and advice on how to maximize home energy efficiency with whole building design, sophisticated construction techniques, integrated systems, energy management technologies and evaluation software.
http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/info/toolboxdirectory.html

Building America
Through spotlighting the Building America program, the Department of Energyís public/private residential research and development partnerships in collaboration with six building consortia aims to meet the goal of creating homes that generate as much electricity as they use.
http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/building_america/

Energy Solutions for Your Building
From A to Z energy questions about your home, condo or apartment, this site offers a comprehensive set of suggestions on home energy efficiency measures, as well as an overview of home energy use.
http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/info/homes/index.html

The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH)
The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) is a public-private initiative 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. Become a PATH partner and take advantage of the latest updates in building technologies.
http://www.pathnet.org

The Energy Efficient Rehab Advisor
Provides preliminary guidelines for energy efficient-renovation of single and multifamily housing. The Advisorís energy efficiency recommendations are based on ENERGY STAR specifications, where applicable. Get a tailored profile here for your building and generate a preliminary list of energy conservation measures (ECMs) with estimated costs and savings for your rehab project.
http://www.rehabadvisor.com

Energy Action Plan
HUD's Energy Action Plan supports the energy conservation goals of the President's National Energy Policy. Find information here about the Energy Action Plan, HUD's Energy Star partnership with EPA and DOE, HUD's energy e-newsletter, and other resources for HUD customers, partners and grantees.
http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/energyenviron/energy/index.cfm

The Public Housing Energy Conservation Clearinghouse
Features news and resources to help public housing authorities manage energy and water costs. The Clearinghouse includes information about Energy Performance Contracting, a financing technique that uses cost savings to repay the cost of installing energy conservation measures, as well as information on buying Energy Star products and appliances.
http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/programs/ph/phecc/

Energy Savers
The Energy Savers website offers information and tips to improve energy efficiency for both buildings and transportation and highlights specific components and practices that contribute to better energy efficiency.
http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/

Energy Star
The Energy Star website provides information about a voluntary labeling program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Information helps consumers and businesses easily identify highly efficient products, homes, and buildings that save energy and money, while protecting the environment.
http://www.energystar.gov/

Products that earn the ENERGY STAR
When looking for new household products, look for ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR. They meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and DOE.
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR
An innovative whole-house approach to improving home comfort and energy efficiency. It depends on qualified contractors who perform a top to bottom energy inspection and make improvements. Find out if it is available in your area.
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_improvement.hm_improvement_hpwes.

Home Energy Efficiency Mortgages
Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEMs) recognize that reduced utility expenses can permit a homeowner to pay a higher mortgage to cover the cost of the energy improvements on top of the approved mortgage. FHA EEMs provide mortgage insurance for a person to purchase or refinance a principal residence and incorporate the cost of energy-efficient improvements into the mortgage. The borrower does not have to qualify for the additional money and does not make a downpayment on it. The mortgage loan is funded by a lending institution, such as a mortgage company, bank, or savings and loan association, and the mortgage is insured by HUD.
http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/energyenviron/energy/apply/fha.cfm

Subscribe to HUDís new energy e-newsletter!
It is a quarterly e-Newsletter that presents key issues affecting residential energy efficiency and provides regular updates on progress made in implementing HUDís Energy Action Plan..
http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/energyenviron/energy/library/newsletters/index.cfm

Building Managers

The Partnership for Home Energy Efficiency is working to develop new, low cost building technologies and practices to improve the efficiency of the nation's homes and to accelerate market penetration of energy efficiency in both existing and new residential buildings. In many buildings, building managers could save 20-30 percent on the energy bills by implementing energy efficiency improvements. Building managers can achieve remarkable results by choosing rehab options that increase energy efficiency, save time and money, reduce tenant turnover, and increase the durability of the buildings. The following Web links are designed to provide practical information to improve the energy efficiency of their properties to building managers and rental property owners wishing to make improvements.

The Energy Efficient Rehab Advisor
Provides preliminary guidelines for energy efficient-renovation of single and multifamily housing. The Advisorís energy efficiency recommendations are based on ENERGY STAR specifications, where applicable. Get a tailored profile here for your building and generate a preliminary list of energy conservation measures (ECMs) with estimated costs and savings for your rehab project.
http://www.rehabadvisor.com

Energy Action Plan
HUD's Energy Action Plan supports the energy conservation goals of the President's National Energy Policy. Find information here about the Energy Action Plan, HUD's Energy Star partnership with EPA and DOE, HUD's energy e-newsletter, and other resources for HUD customers, partners and grantees.
http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/energyenviron/energy/index.cfm

The Public Housing Energy Conservation Clearinghouse
Features news and resources to help public housing authorities manage energy and water costs. The Clearinghouse includes information about Energy Performance Contracting, a financing technique that uses cost savings to repay the cost of installing energy conservation measures, as well as information on buying Energy Star products and appliances.
http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/programs/ph/phecc/

Energy Savers
The Energy Savers website offers information and tips to improve energy efficiency for both buildings and transportation and highlights specific components and practices that contribute to better energy efficiency.
http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/

Energy Star
The Energy Star website provides information about a voluntary labeling program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Information helps consumers and businesses easily identify highly efficient products, homes, and buildings that save energy and money, while protecting the environment.
http://www.energystar.gov/

Products that earn the ENERGY STAR
When looking for new household products, look for ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR. They meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and DOE.
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR
An innovative whole-house approach to improving home comfort and energy efficiency. It depends on qualified contractors who perform a top to bottom energy inspection and make improvements. Find out if it is available in your area.
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_improvement.hm_improvement_hpwes.

The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH)
The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) is a public-private initiative 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. Become a PATH partner and take advantage of the latest updates in building technologies.
http://www.pathnet.org

Home Energy Efficiency Mortgages
Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEMs) recognize that reduced utility expenses can permit a homeowner to pay a higher mortgage to cover the cost of the energy improvements on top of the approved mortgage. FHA EEMs provide mortgage insurance for a person to purchase or refinance a principal residence and incorporate the cost of energy-efficient improvements into the mortgage. The borrower does not have to qualify for the additional money and does not make a downpayment on it. The mortgage loan is funded by a lending institution, such as a mortgage company, bank, or savings and loan association, and the mortgage is insured by HUD.
http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/energyenviron/energy/apply/fha.cfm

Subscribe to HUDís new energy e-newsletter!
It is a quarterly e-Newsletter that presents key issues affecting residential energy efficiency and provides regular updates on progress made in implementing HUDís Energy Action Plan..
http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/energyenviron/energy/library/newsletters/index.cfm

Realters

Cost-effective solutions to increase energy efficiency in homes result from many individual decisions across the transaction chain, including those of consumers, retailers, manufacturers of appliances and other products, realtors, the financial organizations (now providing energy-efficient mortgages), educational institutions, and others. The Partnership for Home Energy Efficiency is pursuing cost-effective energy efficiency by leveraging the power and creativity of the market to build on the nation's progress, setting standards for more energy-efficient products, and encouraging industry to develop more efficient products. The following Web links are designed to have relevance to partners across the home transaction chain.

Home Energy Efficiency Mortgages
Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEMs) recognize that reduced utility expenses can permit a homeowner to pay a higher mortgage to cover the cost of the energy improvements on top of the approved mortgage. FHA EEMs provide mortgage insurance for a person to purchase or refinance a principal residence and incorporate the cost of energy-efficient improvements into the mortgage. The borrower does not have to qualify for the additional money and does not make a downpayment on it. The mortgage loan is funded by a lending institution, such as a mortgage company, bank, or savings and loan association, and the mortgage is insured by HUD.
http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/energyenviron/energy/apply/fha.cfm

Building Toolbox
From blueprint to ribbon-cutting, this site offers suggestions and advice on how to maximize home energy efficiency with whole building design, sophisticated construction techniques, integrated systems, energy management technologies and evaluation software.
http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/info/toolboxdirectory.html

Building America
Through spotlighting the Building America program, the Department of Energyís public/private residential research and development partnerships in collaboration with six building consortia aims to meet the goal of creating homes that generate as much electricity as they use.
http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/building_america/

Energy Solutions for Your Home
From A to Z energy questions about your home, condo or apartment, this site offers a comprehensive set of suggestions on home energy efficiency measures, as well as an overview of home energy use.
http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/info/homes/index.html

The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH)
The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) is a public-private initiative 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. Become a PATH partner and take advantage of the latest updates in building technologies.
http://www.pathnet.org

The Energy Efficient Rehab Advisor
Provides preliminary guidelines for energy efficient-renovation of single and multifamily housing. The Advisorís energy efficiency recommendations are based on ENERGY STAR specifications, where applicable. Get a tailored profile here for your building and generate a preliminary list of energy conservation measures (ECMs) with estimated costs and savings for your rehab project.
http://www.rehabadvisor.com

Energy Action Plan
HUD's Energy Action Plan supports the energy conservation goals of the President's National Energy Policy. Find information here about the Energy Action Plan, HUD's Energy Star partnership with EPA and DOE, HUD's energy e-newsletter, and other resources for HUD customers, partners and grantees.
http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/energyenviron/energy/index.cfm

The Public Housing Energy Conservation Clearinghouse
Features news and resources to help public housing authorities manage energy and water costs. The Clearinghouse includes information about Energy Performance Contracting, a financing technique that uses cost savings to repay the cost of installing energy conservation measures, as well as information on buying Energy Star products and appliances.
http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/programs/ph/phecc/

Energy Savers
The Energy Savers website offers information and tips to improve energy efficiency for both buildings and transportation and highlights specific components and practices that contribute to better energy efficiency.
http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/

Energy Star
The Energy Star website provides information about a voluntary labeling program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Information helps consumers and businesses easily identify highly efficient products, homes, and buildings that save energy and money, while protecting the environment.
http://www.energystar.gov/

Products that earn the ENERGY STAR
When looking for new household products, look for ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR. They meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and DOE.
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR
An innovative whole-house approach to improving home comfort and energy efficiency. It depends on qualified contractors who perform a top to bottom energy inspection and make improvements. Find out if it is available in your area.
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_improvement.hm_improvement_hpwes.

Climate VISION
Sponsored by the U.S. Departments of Energy, Agriculture and Transportation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Climate VISION is a public-private partnership that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The site has comprehensive information on their activities and ways to participate.
http://www.climatevision.gov

State Agencies

Many states administer residential energy efficiency programs as a cost-effective means for slowing growth in energy demand and to avoid the need for new power plants. The Partnership for Home Energy Efficiency will bring clear, credible energy efficiency information and services to residential program participants, allowing them the spread their energy efficiency dollars further.

EERE State Activities and Partnerships
Links to DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) regarding partnerships with and projects in the states, including news and information on cooperative projects, grants, statistics, maps of renewable energy resources, case studies and state publications, as well as links to state energy office, state weatherization, and DOE Regional Office contacts.
http://www.eere.energy.gov/states/

Energy Action Plan
HUD's Energy Action Plan supports the energy conservation goals of the President's National Energy Policy. Find information here about the Energy Action Plan, HUD's Energy Star partnership with EPA and DOE, HUD's energy e-newsletter, and other resources for HUD customers, partners and grantees.
http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/energyenviron/energy/index.cfm

Energy Star
The Energy Star website provides information about a voluntary labeling program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Information helps businesses and consumers easily identify highly efficient products, homes, and buildings that save energy and money, while protecting the environment.
http://www.energystar.gov/

Products that earn the ENERGY STAR
When looking for new household products, look for ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR. They meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and DOE.
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR
An innovative whole-house approach to improving the comfort and energy efficiency of your home that depends on qualified contractors who perform a top to bottom energy inspection of your home and make improvements. Find out if it is available in your area.
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_improvement.hm_improvement_hpwes.

Energy Savers
The Energy Savers website offers information and tips to improve energy efficiency for both buildings and transportation and highlights specific components and practices that contribute to better energy efficiency.
http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/

Climate VISION
Sponsored by the U.S. Departments of Energy, Agriculture and Transportation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Climate VISION is a public-private partnership that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The site has comprehensive information on their activities and ways to participate.
http://www.climatevision.gov

Energy Solutions for Your Building
From A to Z energy questions about your home, condo or apartment, this site offers a comprehensive set of suggestions on home energy efficiency measures, as well as an overview of home energy use.
http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/info/homes/index.html

Home Energy Efficiency Mortgages
Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEMs) recognize that reduced utility expenses can permit a homeowner to pay a higher mortgage to cover the cost of the energy improvements on top of the approved mortgage. FHA EEMs provide mortgage insurance for a person to purchase or refinance a principal residence and incorporate the cost of energy-efficient improvements into the mortgage. The borrower does not have to qualify for the additional money and does not make a downpayment on it. The mortgage loan is funded by a lending institution, such as a mortgage company, bank, or savings and loan association, and the mortgage is insured by HUD.
http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/energyenviron/energy/apply/fha.cfm

The Public Housing Energy Conservation Clearinghouse
Features news and resources to help public housing authorities manage energy and water costs. The Clearinghouse includes information about Energy Performance Contracting, a financing technique that uses cost savings to repay the cost of installing energy conservation measures, as well as information on buying Energy Star products and appliances.
http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/programs/ph/phecc/

The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH)
Find information here on PATH's Roadmap for Energy Efficiency in Existing Housing . (Click on Activities and Roadmapping). The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing is a public-private initiative 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.
http://www.pathnet.org

The Energy Efficient Rehab Advisor
Provides preliminary guidelines for energy efficient-renovation of single and multifamily housing. The Advisorís energy efficiency recommendations are based on ENERGY STAR specifications, where applicable. Get a tailored profile here for your building and generate a preliminary list of energy conservation measures (ECMs) with estimated costs and savings for your rehab project.
http://www.rehabadvisor.com

Subscribe to HUDís new energy e-newsletter!
It is a quarterly e-Newsletter that presents key issues affecting residential energy efficiency and provides regular updates on progress made in implementing HUDís Energy Action Plan..
http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/energyenviron/energy/library/newsletters/index.cfm

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