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Inspired by the Summer 2007 issue of Mother Earth News, here’s our latest round-up of some really useful Resources for Energy Efficiency and Good Green Living:

ORGS
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
202 429.8873; www.aceee.org
for ways to save energy, and learn about U.S. energy policies

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse
www.eere.energy.gov
for consumer info, tips for renters and recommendations for how much insulation to use in your climate

Co-op America
coopamerica.org
for green living, purchasing and investing tips & resources

PASSIVE Solar Design
www.consumerenergycenter.org/home/construction/solardesign
an overview of passive solar design strategies from the California Energy Commission

DIY Solar Projects
www.builditsolar.com
tips from Gary Reysa, a retired aircraft engineer, who lives in Montana and is a big proponent of solar power

SUSTAINABLE by Design
www.susdesign.com/tools.php
advanced tools for calculating sun position, the impact of window overhangs and more

FINANCIAL INCENTIVES
www.energytaxincentives.org
for info on federal tax credits. (To learn more about local incentives, contact your utility or state energy office.)

HOME ENERGY AUDIT
hes.lbl.gov
Save big on your utility bills with this comprehensive tool, to help evaluate your home’s energy use.

ENERGY STAR PROGRAM
888.782.7937; www.energystar.gov
learn about Energy Star-certified homes, and energy-efficient appliances

GREEN LAWNS
www.safelawns.org
Save money and create a beautiful, eco-friendly lawn without the use of toxic chemicals and pesticides.

DO IT YOURSELF
www.doityourself.com
lots of how-to tips, and an excellent resource for DIY projects of all types, and levels

RECYCLE
www.freecycle.org
exchange your treasures with others, for free

www.earth911.com
search by zip code to find where you can recycle just about everything, from household chemicals and motor oil to cell phones and computers

altCon friendly reminder — be sure to replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) — they burn cool and bright, with only a third of the power required by incandescents.