Sustainability and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Resources and Links
For members of the public, homeowners, green congregations, earth stewardship groups, environmentalists, businesses, and local governments wanting to reduce pollution and waste, save energy, and save money there are a number of free resources available on the Internet. The following list can provide a good starting place for solving energy problems.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Web Sites
The South Carolina Energy Office, through the Plan for State Energy Policy, provides a broad range of resources designed to help citizens, businesses, and public entities save energy – and money – through greater efficiency, better information and enhanced environmental quality. http://www.energy.sc.gov/
U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Home Page . US Department of Energy web site for information on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. http://www.eere.energy.gov
Energy Star for information on products, home improvement, assessing problems, green building, and other aspects of energy efficiency. http://www.energystar.gov/
Home Energy Saver www.homeenergysaver.lbl.gov
ZIP Code Insulation Program http://web.ornl.gov/sci/buildings/tools/zip/
Roof Savings Calculator (RSC) Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory http://www.roofcalc.com/
Evergreen Solar: National Council for Solar Growth- https://evergreensolar.com/
White Roofs Cool the World, Directly Offset CO2 and Delay Global Warming, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory http://coolcolors.lbl.gov/assets/docs/fact-sheets/Global-cooling-2pp.pdf
PV Watts Solar Energy Calculator The National Renewable Energy Laboratory developed PVWATTS to permit non-experts to quickly obtain performance estimates for grid-connected PV systems within the United States. http://www.nrel.gov/rredc/pvwatts/ [See Site Specific Data Calculator (Version 1)]
U.S. Solar Radiation Maps Resource Maps www.nrel.gov/gis/solar.html
Solar Water Heaters http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/solar-water-heaters
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) http://www.dsireusa.org/
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) www.aceee.org
Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) http://www.irecusa.org/
PACE Now For information about property assessed clean energy (PACE) legislation. http://pacenow.org/
A PACE bond is a bond where the proceeds are lent to commercial and residential property owners to finance energy retrofits (efficiency measures and small renewable energy systems) and who then repay their loans over 20 years via an annual assessment on their property tax bill. PACE bonds can be issued by municipal financing districts or finance companies and the proceeds can be typically used to retrofit both commercial and residential properties.
The PACE bond market has the potential to dramatically accelerate the energy retrofitting of America’s building stock.
PACE Impact: Property tax lien oriented financing that dramatically improves the economics of energy retrofits (efficiency measures and micro renewable energy)
Scientific American Magazine for articles on science, including energy and energy issues. http://www.scientificamerican.com/sciammag/ [search by topic or article title]
‘Tools for doing your own energy audit,’ Scientific American
‘Green Buildings May Be Cheapest Way to Slow Global Warming,’ Scientific American
U.S. Green Building Council, S.C. Chapter http://www.usgbcsc.org/
Green Building Council of Greater Columbia http://www.columbiagreenbuilders.com/
The South Carolina Solar Council http://www.scsolarcouncil.org/
American Solar Energy Society http://www.ases.org/
Build it Solar www.builditsolar.com
Find Solar www.findsolar.com
Home Power Magazine https://homepower.com/
North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) http://www.nabcep.org/
Building Green www.buildinggreen.com
Rocky Mountain Institute www.rmi.org
Some local governments have web sites that provide information on energy efficiency and renewable energy. See what information your state and local governments provide and what incentives and tax advantages are available in your area. If your local library or government do not provide this kind of information, please suggest that putting it on their web sites in easy to find Green Resources sections would be a low cost way to help many members of the public and the business community. Please encourage energy efficiency and renewable energy for public buildings and facilities to save tax money and as examples for residents and businesses.
A good energy audit of your home, business, or workplace can help you decide how to proceed.