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Energy Efficiency / Weatherization Resources

Energy Conservation

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.

Energy Audits

 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

Home Energy Saver. A Web based, Do It Yourself, Energy audit tool:  http://hes.lbl.gov

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

Retrofit Calculators  

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:


EverGREEN DEPOT :: NorthWest Source for Sustainable Building Solutions
 structural systems   |   renewable energy   |   water conservation  |   performance consulting

Chris van Daalen, Sales Consultant

(360) 789-9669



Olympia Supply Company is a good local source of needed supplies.  They are located at:

625 Columbia Street SW

Olympia, WA  98507

(360) 357-6659



Energy Federation Inc. is another source of weatherization supplies, for weatherstripping, outlet gaskets and more.  See their website at www.efi.org.

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