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:
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
for consumer info, tips for renters and recommendations for how much insulation to use in your climate
for green living, purchasing and investing tips & resources
PASSIVE Solar Design
an overview of passive solar design strategies from the California Energy Commission
DIY Solar Projects
tips from Gary Reysa, a retired aircraft engineer, who lives in Montana and is a big proponent of solar power
SUSTAINABLE by Design
advanced tools for calculating sun position, the impact of window overhangs and more
for info on federal tax credits. (To learn more about local incentives, contact your utility or state energy office.)
HOME ENERGY AUDIT
Save big on your utility bills with this comprehensive tool, to help evaluate your home’s energy use.
ENERGY STAR PROGRAM
learn about Energy Star-certified homes, and energy-efficient appliances
Save money and create a beautiful, eco-friendly lawn without the use of toxic chemicals and pesticides.
DO IT YOURSELF
lots of how-to tips, and an excellent resource for DIY projects of all types, and levels
exchange your treasures with others, for free
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.