The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) offers information to the public through the Energy Saver website. The site includes information on getting a home energy audit, tips for saving energy throughout the home, guidance on using solar energy, suggestions for remodelers and apartment dwellers, and a buying guide for purchasing energy-efficient appliances.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers consumers a wealth of information on environmental quality at home and in your community. Information on local conditions, climate change mitigation, appliance recycling, chemicals, and pollutants are all accessible from the home page.
ENERGY STAR. The U.S. EPA and DOE run the ENERGY STAR program. Consumers can call the ENERGY STAR hotline with questions or visit the website to search for ENERGY STAR-qualifying products by brand, type, size, efficiency level, and model number. The site also contains a number of tools and resources including a rebate finder and store locator, energy savings calculators, and how to find a contractor.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory offers information on energy-efficient appliances, residential energy software, utility programs, home energy ratings, and financing options, as well as numerous reports, case studies, and newsletters. The lab also offers an online interactive tool, the Home Energy Saver, to analyze your home for energy savings.
Home Energy Saver: hes.lbl.gov
Your local energy office, utility, or extension service may have additional information on energy savings, purchasing incentives, recycling programs, and renewable power opportunities relevant to your particular location. You can usually access contact information for these agencies through your governor’s office website.