Energy Audits and Other Aids Now on the Internet
A home energy audit can identify many practical improvements you can make to save significant amounts of energy and dollars over time and make your home more comfortable and environmentally friendly.
Now several auditing aids are as close as the nearest computer. Some are interactive, while others allow downloading of information. For those readers without computers, contact your nearest library to find out if Internet services are available.
The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse offers a helpful guide to the specifics of a do-it-yourself audit and audits performed by professionals. "Home Energy Audits" is available at www.eere.energy.gov/consumerinfo/refbriefs/ea2.html
A superb interactive home energy auditing tool that allows customization based on such specifics as the year the home was built, number of occupants and the price you pay for electricity can be found at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory web site. Called the "Home Energy Saver," the auditing tool also allows you to make changes so that you can find out the effects of lowering thethermostat or changing energy using appliances or systems. The "Home Energy Saver" can be found at eande.lbl.gov/HERS/index.html
To find out the affect new windows can have on your energy bills, check out the "Efficient Windows" web site that is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. This site allows viewers to select a town in their region Omaha is the only Nebraska town available and discover the impact of six different window types on heating and cooling bills. The program utilizes actual fuel costs for each city. The site also has downloadable fact sheets that summarize key points for each major heating and cooling region in the U.S. "Efficient Windows" is located at www.efficientwindows.org.
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