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Title Author, etc. Medium Topic Library Description
The Efficient House Sourcebook Rocky Mountain Institute Book Energy; GrnBldg KSC Organizes information sources on all aspects of use of energy in the home. RMI founded by Amory Lovins.

Straw-bale construction is one of the most energy-conserving building methods we know.

Window insulation improvements

Other home energy information:

Cooling Your Home Naturally EERE staff Pamphlet Living sust, Energy KSC Dollar-conserving ways to use natural cooling (shading, ventilating, barrier insulation) in your home.
The Efficient House Sourcebook Rocky Mountain Institute Book Energy; GrnBldg KSC Organizes information sources on all aspects of use of energy in the home. RMI founded by Amory Lovins.
Solar Living Source Book John Schaeffer Book LS, Energy Both "Your complete guide to renewable energy technologies and sustainable living." This is a catalog of the Real Goods store in Mendocino County, California, but it's much more than that: it's a guide to living off the grid, as well as to sustainable living in urban areas. A true compendium.
  • SmarterHouse.org offers info on quick fixes, audits, checklists, appliances, ...
  • DOE Energy-savers site has information about ways to save energy in your home, your vehicle, your workplace, and more. For example: An electric time clock that can tell your electric water heater when to turn on and off to save energy.
  • DOE info on homes: an energy calculator; light bulbs; tips for renters/owners; etc.
  • LEED for Homes gives an overview of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification program.
  • Pacific Power, a major electric utility in the Basin, has incentives for home energy improvements.

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