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Advanced Building Technologies
This searchable site explores "technologies and practices that improve the energy and resource efficiency of commercial and multi-unit residential buildings." It includes more than ninety environmentally appropriate technologies and practices. Design and construction issues, arranged by building-type, are building structure, finishes and furnishings, heating and cooling, plumbing and water heating, lighting and daylighting, load management, electricity production, ventilation and air quality, site, and motors and equipment. There are descriptions (including definition, building use and type, benefits, limitations, application, experience, and cost) of various building materials. This site is sponsored by a group of Canadian governmental and private organizations. AHAM (Assocation of Home Appliance Manufacturers) : Consumer Information
Info for consumers on home appliances. Biodiesel and Ethanol Investing
This site is an aggregator for news and trends in the biodiesel industry.They provide detailed summaries of the latest relevant articles from around the web and general information on biodiesel as well. Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP): California Overview
Code status and informational updates by state. This link features information about California. California&quo;s Appliance Efficiency Program : California Energy Commission
"California&quo;s Appliance Efficiency Regulations were established in 1976 in response to a legislative mandate to reduce California&quo;s energy consumption. The regulations are updated periodically to allow consideration and possible incorporation of new energy efficiency technologies and methods." Access current appliance efficiency regulations from this site. California&quo;s Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings
Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings from the California Code of Regulations (Title 24, Part 6). Certified Used Oil Collection Centers, California
Search for the names and addresses of California certified oil recycling centers by city, county, or zip code. Confronting climate change: strategies for energy research and development /
An electronic resource of: United States Federal Government. Consumer Energy Center, California Energy Commission
The California Energy Commission presents tips and information for the consumer on energy use, energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy.

Consumer energy information is presented in these categories:
---choices at home and work (homes; office and commercial; schools; industry, agriculture, and water)
---transportation choices (conventional vehicles; alternative fuel vehicles; mass transit; rail; ride sharing; bicycles; walking; telecommuting)
---renewable energy choices
---your energy bill (understanding your bill, help with your bill, choosing your electric service provider)

Consumer Energy Information - Energy Information for Your Home
This U.S. Department of Energy site offers an index to articles about products and ways to save energy in your home. Consumer Resources : Federal Citizen Information Center
Consumer books, pamphlets, tips, and other resources from U.S. federal government agencies. Grouped by subject category: cars, computers, education, employment, family, federal programs, food, health, housing, money, small business, travel, consumer help, recalls, scams/frauds, and more. Cooling Your Home : Don&quo;t Sweat It
US Federal Trade Commission consumer alert offering information and advice for increasing the energy efficiency of your home. Department of Energy - For Consumers
Information for the Consumer to save money in their homes and cars. ED.gov
Educational support for students, parents, teachers and administrators in the area of energy, including publications, resources , Energy Crossroads
From Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. A list of federal government resources, statistics, fuel economy guide and data from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network
A comprehensive resource from the U.S. Department of Energy. Articles and data about what is new in the energy fields of building technologies, energy management, solar energy technologies as well as wind, hydropower, geothermal, hydrogen, fuel cells and infrastructure technologies. Energy Efficiency Division, California Energy Commission
The Energy Efficiency Division of the California Energy Commission promotes energy conservation and efficient uses of energy by California industry, government, and individuals. Energy Savers : A Consumer&quo;s Guide to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy&quo;s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network presents extensive information for the consumer on energy use, energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy sources. Energy Sites to Visit on the Internet : California Energy Commission
Links to energy related sites and information. The bias is towards California state government and U.S. federal government sites, but more general web sites are included as well. Energy Star
A government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency." Offers advice to homeowners and consumers about products, new homes, and home improvement. Environmental Research Web
Site offers environmental research highlights, articles on sustainability and the open access journal Environmental Research Letters. Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information : FTC ConsumerLine
The Federal Trade Commission&quo;s ConsumerLine offers the full text of consumer and business publications on a wide range of categories, including a wide range of energy issues. Brochures alert the consumer to scams, rip-offs, and consumer fraud schemes or give information on consumer issues. Some publications are available in Spanish as well as in English Forecasts, U.S. Energy Information Administration
The U.S. Energy Information Administration offers United States and world forecasts for the energy industry and of energy consumption. There are data, analyses, and reports by fuel (petroleum, natural gas, electricity, coal, nuclear, renewables, alternative fuels) and by sector (residential, commercial, industrial, transportation, electric power, all fuels). The most recent issues of International Energy Outlook (IEO), Annual Energy Outlook (AEO), and Short-term Energy Outlook (STEO) are included. Home Energy Saver
The Home Energy Saver was the first Internet-based tool for calculating energy use in residential buildings...By changing one or more features of the modeled home, users can estimate how much energy and money can be saved and how much pollution prevented by implementing energy-efficiency improvements. Includes a glossary and links to other sources of information about products, construction standards, and home building. How to hire an energy services company
An electronic resource of: California Energy Commission. Michigan Public Service Commission
MI Public Service Commission - Consumer Information. ... Practical Energy Saving Tools. · , U.S. DOE - Tips On Saving Energy & Money At Home. NASA Education
NASA offers a rich slate of enrichment and study opportunities for students ansd educators, ranging from grade school to post doctorate levels. The Nuclear Tourist: Why Nuclear Power?
Every form of energy generation has advantages and disadvatages. This site compares them all. Renewable Energy World
Online magazine covering aspects of energy. The December 15, 2009 issue main article is "Rebound: U S Photovoltaic market Growth Through 2010. Residential Natural Gas Prices: What consumers Should know
Predictions of U.S. residential oil and gas consumption and costs RESNET- Residential Energy Services Network
Consumer Information | Builder Information | Rater Information | for the federal tax credit for energy efficiency. Resources for the Future
"Resources for the Future (RFF) is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that conducts independent research -- rooted primarily in economics and other social sciences -- on environmental and natural resource issues. By bringing results of this research to the attention of policymakers, academicians, and people everywhere, RFF helps make possible well-reasoned decisions that ultimately shape the quality of life." Right-to-Know Network
Links to databases and resources that allow individuals to investigate, review and assess data related to the environmental impacts caused by industry and other economic forces on local communities. Right-To-Know Network
"The Right-to-Know Network provides free access to numerous databases and resources on the environment. With the information available on RTK NET, you can identify specific factories and their environmental effects; find permits issued under environmental statutes; and identify civil cases filed." Save Money and Help Our Planet
Green Energy Loans are described. Lending partners are listed and contacts. Resources for finding a "Green Energy Loan". Solar Energy : Library of Congress Science Tracer Bullet
Library of Congress research guide helps you locate information on solar energy, particularly solar heating and cooling, solar thermal energy, and photovoltaic power generation. Includes brief introduction, lists of resources, and strategies for finding additional resources. (Published 2006).
Also see: Solar Energy Update (2011) TranStats : The Intermodal Transportation Database
TranStats is a U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics website providing one stop shopping for transportation data. "Users can explore the data by transportation mode or by subject area, use keyword searches to find relevant datasets, and get online help."
TranStats "offers: A searchable index of over 100 transportation-related data bases .... Selective download-the ability to choose variables of interest and download the data directly to your PC for analysis using any data base, spreadsheet, or statistical package. Online data documentation ... Interactive analytical tools-the ability to do simple statistical summaries, create time series or cross tabulations, generate graphics online, and cut/paste results into reports Interactive mapping to help visualize geographic data A mapping center with the full National Transportation Atlas Data Base" U. S. Department of Energy: Solar Powering You Community, a Guide for Local Governemnts
A guide for local governments encouraging solar energy and green building U.S. Department of Energy : Energy.gov
The United States Department of Energy web site:
---presents information about the Department of Energy (DOE)
---connects to web sites of DOE laboratories and offices
---connects to DOE research publications, databases, and statistics about power resources and energy Weathering the High Cost of Heating Your Home
Article published by the US Federal Trade Commission offering information and advice for increasing the energy efficiency of your home and reducing utility bills for heating.
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