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Tools & Resources

In addition to the information found and linked to throughout this site, you may want to explore the tools and resources found at the following sites:


  • This United States Environmental Protection Agency webpage is a glossary of common energy efficiency terms as used by the EPA.
  • This U.S. Energy Information Administration webpage is a glossary of common energy efficiency terms as used by the EIA.
  • This Energize CT webpage is a glossary of common energy efficiency terms as used by Energize CT, an energy efficiency information clearinghouse for the residents of Connecticut.
  • This Mass Save webpage is a glossary of common energy efficiency terms as used by Mass Save, an energy efficiency information clearinghouse for the residents of Massachusetts.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) – Energy Saver Guide and Tips:

  • This Energy Saver Guide New Technologies webpage is a resource from the Department of Energy that provides tips for having a more efficient home and saving money on energy particularly as it relates to new technologies.
  • This Energy Saver Guide webpage is a resouce from the Department of Energy with sections on various energy efficiency topics such as heating and cooling, weatherization, and home design.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Commercial Building Info:

U.S. DOE/EPA – ENERGY STAR® Home Energy Yardstick:

  • This Home Energy Yardstick webpage can help provide, by answering a few basic questions about your home, a simple assessment of your home's annual energy use compared to similar homes. 

U.S. DOE/EPA – Calculators:

  • This Federal Energy Management Program webpage includes a suite of calculators that estimate energy and cost savings for such products as air-source heat pumps, central air conditioning, and solar hot water systems among others.
  •  This Energy Saver webpage describes how much you can really save with energy efficient improvements. 
  • This Home Energy Saver webpage includes an energy efficiency calculator for homes that takes into account geographic location and other factors. 
  • This Energy Star Facility Management webpage offers financial calculators to help guide your financial decisions about energy efficiency in order to meet energy performance goals. 
  • This ENERGY STAR Cash Flow Opportunity Calculator helps inform strategic decisions about financing energy efficiency projects. Using the tool, you will be able to estimate how much new equipment you can finance using anticipated savings, as well as whether you should finance now or wait for a lower interest rate.   
  • This ENERGY STAR Financial Value Calculator helps you quantify the value of improvements in energy efficiency to your organization. The calculator uses the prevailing price/earnings ratio to estimate the market value of increased earnings that can result from increased energy efficiency. 
  • With the Building Upgrade Value Calculator you can analyze the financial value of efficiency-related capital investments in commercial real estate. By evaluating the expected change in tenant contributions for recoverable owner expenses under a variety of lease types, this tool allows you to calculate the costs and benefits of base building energy efficiency measures for both owner and tenant. 

U.S. DOE/EPA – Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Info:

  • This ENERGY STAR Home Advisor webpage can help you improve your home's energy efficiency while adding comfort and value. The site can walk you through creating a home profile. Then using your home's unique profile, the Home Advisor gives you prioritized recommendations for improving energy efficiency.
  • This ENERGY STAR Energy Savings at Home webpage offers advice on how to identify common problems you may want to fix in a home improvement project.  
  • This Energy Saver DIY webpage offer a guide to easy, step-by-step instructions to home energy efficiency improvements that will save you energy and money. 

U.S. DOE/EPA – Hiring a Contractor:

U.S. DOE/EPA – Health & Safety:

  • This EPA Indoor Air Quality webpage addresses frequently asked questions and offers information about indoor air quality. 
  • This EPA offers information to help ensure the safety of those who apply spray polyurethane foam (SPF) and of the occupants of buildings where SPF is being installed. 
  • This EPA Asbestos webpage provides important information on how to protect yourself and your family if you suspect that you might have vermiculite insulation.
  • This ENERGY STAR Attic Air Sealing webpage offers advice on how to assess an attic air sealing project, as it relates to home renovation projects. 

U.S. DOE/EPA – Seal & Insulate with ENERGY STAR page:

U.S. DOE/EPA – ENERGY STAR® Rule Your Attic:

U.S. DOE/EPA – ENERGY STAR® Rebate Finder:

  • This ENERGY STAR Rebate Finder webpage helps you find rebates and special offers near you on ENERGY STAR certified products.   

U.S. DOE/EPA – ENERGY STAR® Product Specifications Search:

  • On the ENERGY STAR Product Spec webpage you can search for products that have earned the ENERGY STAR of approval and are independently certified to save energy, save money and protect the climate. 

U.S. DOE/NC State University Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE):

U.S. Energy Information Administration - Comparing the Cost of Heating Fuels:

National Fenestration Rating Council:

  • The National Fenestration Rating Council  is committed to advancing continuous improvement of windows, doors, and skylights, contributing to making buildings more comfortable and energy efficient.

U.S. DOE – Passive Solar Home Design:

U.S. DOE – Homeowner’s Guide to Going Solar:

VT Department of Public Service – Renewable Energy Resources:

VT Department of Public Service – Efficiency Resources: