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U.S. Department of Energy (DOE): Save Energy With Home Improvements
Check out this guide to home improvements that will save you energy
and money.

Energy Star
Find home improvement tips and products that meet energy-efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
This site keeps up on energy-related legislation and offers a resources center for consumers.

California Energy Commission: Inside Your Home
Find smart, energy-efficient tips for all of your household appliances.

National Park Service: Home Greening Tips
This website debunks energy-saving myths and is filled with tips on topics ranging from wood burning to hot tubs and transportation.

Ames, Iowa, City Government: Energy Savings Cost Estimates

Estimate how much consumers can save with home improvements and when it's worth their investment.

California Energy Commission: Home Construction
Offers "green" choices for homebuilders.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Low-Flow Toilets
Get more information about the water efficiency of low-flow toilets.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service: Saving Water
and Saving Energy
Consumers can fill out worksheets on this site to find out how much money they can save with water-conserving devices.

Heating & Cooling
Maryland Energy Administration: Energy-Efficient Cooling Systems

Find useful tips for cutting down cooling costs.

U.S. DOE: Energy-Efficient Air Conditioning
Learn about air conditioning systems and how to maintain them.

U.S. DOE: Landscaping for Energy Efficiency
Get landscaping tips that will help reduce heating and cooling costs.

Starting a New Lawn
Find an extensive list of tips and websites about xeriscaping.

Fuel Economy
Look up gas mileage, greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution ratings, and safety information for new and used cars and trucks.

National Geographic Resources

Appenzeller, Tim. "The End of Cheap Oil." National Geographic (June 2004), 80-109.

Jerome, Kate Boehm. Using Energy. National Geographic Books, 2003.

Johnson, Rebecca L. Global Warming. National Geographic Books, 2002.

Montaigne, Fen. "Earth's Fresh Water: Under Pressure." National Geographic (September 2002), 2-33.


Fonda, Darien. "Make Vroom for the Hybrids." Time, May, 24, 2004.

Koomey, Jonathan G., M. Cramer, M. A. Piette, and J. H. Eto. "Efficiency Improvements in U.S. Office Equipment: Expected Policy Impacts and Uncertainties." Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1995. Summary available online at

Langholz, Jeffrey, and Kelly Turner. You Can Prevent Global Warming (And Save Money!). Andrew McMeel Publishing, 2003.

Lani, Andrea. "Are Phantom Loads Haunting Your House?" Maine Department of Environmental Protection website. Available online at www.

Meier, Alan, and Karen Rosen. "Energy Use of U.S. Consumer Electronics at the End of the 20th Century." Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, September 2000. Available online at eetd.lbl.

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