People are increasingly more curious about living green but we are never going to achieve our goals if we don’t know what they are. If you have a green plan for your community, it becomes much easier to inspire action.
If you bike to work, recycle, or buy organic, tell people why. If people are interested in trying it themselves, show them how. You may perhaps even take it a step further and organize educational evenings such as workshops or discussion groups. If you can get people thinking about their impact, they’re more apt to start seeking answers.
If you’re looking for answers, well, here are a few social media groups, calculators, and how-to downloads to get you started!
In any area of energy efficiency that you're looking to implement, there is no doubt that it will save you some green by going green!
Try some of these calculators and find out for yourself just how much you could be saving and how we can work together to help save our environment!
- Appliance Calculator
Calculate how much it costs per day to run the appliances in your home!
- Carbon Footprint Calculator
Use The Nature Conservancy's carbon footprint calculator to measure your impact on our climate. Our carbon footprint calculator estimates how many tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases your choices create each year.
- Energy Depot Tools
Energy Depot is a free web based service provided by Independence Power & Light (IPL) to help residential customers save energy and money in the home.
- ENERGY STAR®: CFL Calculator
This is an Excel Sheet download.
- Financial Paper Footprint
Calculate how much you can reduce your environmental impact by switching to electronic billing, statements and payments!
- GE Energy-Smart CFL Savings Calculator
Enter the number of regular bulbs you want to replace with Energy-Smart CFLs. Click on calculate to get your estimated savings.
- Lighting Calculator
Find out how much you can save with energy-efficient bulbs in your recessed, track, and spot lights.
- Paper Calculator
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), creator of Paper Calculator v2.0, features illustrations and interactive charts to show the environmental impacts of different papers across their full lifecycle.
- Programmable Thermostat Tool
Give it a try, keeping in mind that setting temperatures up or down when you are away or asleep is an easy way to save energy and money without sacrificing comfort.
- Rideshare Cost Savings Calculator Tool
- Thermo Calculator
Find out how much you can save by simply adjusting your thermostat.
- U.S. EPA - iWarm
Online tool calculates energy saved by recycling small quantities of household products.
Calculate your water savings!
The EnergyGuide label gives you two important pieces of information you can use to compare different brands and models when shopping for a new appliance.
The Big Guide to Going Green at Home
Energy Savers provides homeowners with tips for saving energy and money at home and on the road. By following just a few of the simple tips found on this Energy Savers Web site, you can make your home more comfortable and easier to heat and cool—while you save money.
A DO-IT -YOURSELF guide to sealing and insulating with ENERGY STAR®: Sealing air leaks and adding attic insulation.
This guide will help you learn how best to maintain your heating and cooling equipment, take steps around your home to improve the efficiency of your HVAC system, and decide when it's time to replace your old heating and cooling equipment.