Energy efficiency — delivering the same (or more) services for less energy — helps protect the environment. When we use less energy, the less energy we need to generate at power plants, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions and improves the quality of our air. Energy efficiency helps the economy, too, by saving consumers and businesses millions of dollars in energy costs. Energy efficient solutions can reduce the energy bill for many homeowners and businesses by 20 to 30 percent.
To learn more about energy efficiency, choose from the following resources:
ACEEE publishes guidebooks with information about energy-using systems and their components, design, maintenance, and operation, along with up-to-date lists of the most efficient models in each product category.
The CREST site includes Energy Efficient Q&As, information about energy-efficient windows, heating and cooling, and buildings, and additional links about energy efficiency.
CEE promotes the manufacture and purchase of energy-efficient products and services. Visit their Web site for information on their initiatives for residential, commercial, industrial, and government energy-saving opportunities.
View the Consumer Federation of America's publication titled “Save Money and Save the Environment. A Consumer Guide to Buying Energy Efficient Products for the Home”, available in .pdf format.
NRDC aggressively promotes renewable energy sources like wind, and sun, and energy-efficiency improvements in appliances, business equipment, and buildings. Visit the energy section of their Web site to learn more about the issue of energy efficiency.
The Efficient Windows Collaborative provides unbiased information about the benefits of energy-efficient windows, descriptions of how they work, and recommendations for their selection and use
The National Fenestration Rating Council rates the performance of windows.