HANDY DANDY ENERGY EFFICIENCY WEB SITES
The Nebraka Energy Office (NEO);
The Energy Office offers a low interest loan program for energy efficiency measures to existing homes and systems which meet certain efficiency or payback requirements. The guidelines and forms for this program, which list the efficiency or payback requirements, can be downloaded from the website. Once the forms are completed, they are submitted by the applicant, with bids, to a participating Nebraska lender. The lender determines the credit worthiness of the applicant, and then may submit the completed application to the Energy Office for review. It is important to note that no purchase or contractual obligation may be made until the Energy Office has made a commitment on the project to the lender and the applicant receives notice from the lender to proceed.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star Program;
This is an excellent site. You can check to see what products meet Energy Star requirements. Energy Star products are those that fall into the top 25% with regard to energy efficiency. You can also“Bench Mark” a commercial building. Bench Marking entails putting building specifications into a database on the Energy Star site. The Bench Marking will then tell you how your building compares with other similar buildings around the country with regard to energy efficiency. If your building meets certain requirements, your building may be eligible for an 8 pound bronze plaque designating your building as an Energy Star Building. These are just a couple of the opportunities which can be accessed at this site.
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE);
This site offers two free computer softwares, REScheck, and COMcheck. REScheck is for residential and COMcheck for commercial buildings. These two softwares can be used to check buildings for energy code compliance, given that proper Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) load sizing is utilized. This office also has information on various forms of energy such as Solar, and biomass, and other forms of energy that can be accessed at the main site.
The Department of Energy (DOE);
The DOE’s site is very user friendly, and has numerous links to other energy efficiency related sites. Check out the transportation section. You can compare cars and trucks for fuel efficiency and operating costs (click on Energy Efficiency, More…, Transportation, and Fuel Economy Guide).
The National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC);
The NFRC provides thermal test data for windows and doors. From their web site you can check a windows ‘total unit’ U-value. R-value = 1 divided by U-value, and vice versa, R = 1/U and U = 1/R (note that this only applies to total R and U values). It is important to look for ‘total unit’ values versus Center of Glass (COG) values. Total unit values from NFRC take into account the windows frame, sash, and air leakage.
The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI);
ARI offers a directory of manufacturer’s efficiency ratings for Chillers, Heat Pumps, Air Conditioners, and other HVAC products. Searches can be done based on efficiency ratings such as HSPF,COP, SEER, EER, IPLV’s, manufacturer, coil part numbers, and other characteristics. (click on Access our Certified Products Directory, http://www.aridirectory.org/ari/ )
The Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association (GAMA);
GAMA offers a products directory in pdf format. The directory lists the efficiencies of gas furnaces, boilers, water heaters, electric water heaters including heat pump types, and other gas and oil fired residential and commercial products. (Click on Product Certification and Product Directories).
The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE);
“The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), a national, non-profit public benefits corporation, promotes the manufacture and purchase of energy-efficient products and services.” The CEE site offers a number of links on different topics concerning energy efficiency.
The International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA);
IGSHPA is a great source for ground source heat pump information. They offer free case studies of installations (click on publications and case studies).
The Home Ventilating Institute (HVI);
HVI does independent testing of ventilation products such as Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRV), Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV), and exhaust fans. The efficiencies are published on their website in pdf format. (click on Consumers, HVI Resource Library, and Product Directory
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE);
This site provides efficiency information and links to other energy efficiency sites.
The Association of Home Appliances Manufacturers (AHAM);
AHAM offers product directories in pdf format on Room Air Conditioners, Dehumidifiers, and Room Air Cleaners. The products directories show efficiencies or $/year operating costs. (click on For Consumers)
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