Energy Efficiency / Weatherization Resources
Energy Saving Tips: You can find some useful energy saving tips here, from the Washington State: www.energytips.wa.gov
Book: “Residential Energy: Cost Savings and Comfort for Existing Buildings” by John T. Krigger and Chris Dorsi. The best book available on home energy conservation, it outlines an integrated approach for addressing the biggest sources of energy waste.
Home Energy Audits: Follow this link for information about home energy audits from US Department of Energy, including tips for doing it yourself: www.energysavers.gov/your_home/energy_audits/index.cfm/mytopic=11160
Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audit: City of Seattle Green Home Guides produced this new guide which is very straightforward and useful. www.seattle.gov/dpd/static/DIYweb_LatestReleased_DPDP016083.pdf
Do-it-Yourself Energy Retrofitting
Do-It-Yourself Guide to Air Sealing and Insulating with Energy Star: This is a great “do it yourself” guide published by the US Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency: www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/publications/pubdocs/DIY_Guide_May_2008.pdf
Low-Cost Interior Storm Windows: This pages provides details and plans for building low-cost interior storm windows like the ones we are making through the Home Empowerment Project: www.arttec.net/Thermal-Windows/index.html
Heating System Cost Calculator: This calculator will help you determine whether it makes sense to upgrade your heating system: http://energyexperts.org/CalculatorsTools/HeatingCostCalculator.aspx
Insulation Upgrade Cost Saving Calculator: Use this calculator to determine your savings from investing in additional insulation: www.builditsolar.com/References/Calculators/InsulUpgrd/InsulUpgrade.htm
Energy Efficiency Resources
Energy Solutions Database: A wealth of information about energy efficiency solutions for all types of buildings. Select categories you are interested such as "residential" and type in keywords to find links to valuable resources.
Weatherization Solutions - Supplies and Contractors*
EverGreen Depot is currently a supplier of weatherization supplies to the Home Empowerment Project. They can supply you with all your weatherization needs, from low-VOC caulk and spray foam and insulation, to weatherstripping, backer rod, and much more. Contact:
DEPOT :: NorthWest Source for
Sustainable Building Solutions
Chris van Daalen, Sales Consultant
Olympia Supply Company is a good local source of needed supplies. They are located at:
625 Columbia Street SW
Olympia, WA 98507
Energy Federation Inc. is another source of weatherization supplies, for weatherstripping, outlet gaskets and more. See their website at www.efi.org.