Green Independence

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Plan for change!

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!

Social Media


  • Energy Savers on Facebook
    Energy Savers connects with consumers on Facebook to discuss ways to save energy and money at home.
  • EPA on Facebook
    The most exciting possibilities are when people find entirely new ways to use information that offer novel insights or ways to solve problems. EPA is using social media tools in the firm belief that by sharing and experimenting with information we greatly increase the potential for better understanding for all about environmental conditions and solutions.


  • Energy Savers Blog
    The Energy Savers Blog covers consumer information on energy efficiency and renewable technologies at home, on the road, and in the workplace. This blog supports the Web site.
  • Geothermal Technologies Blog
    The Geothermal Technologies Blog provides the opportunity to learn about and discuss geothermal technologies and their applications. This blog supports the Geothermal Technologies Program Web site.
  • Greenversations
    EPA's blog includes numerous Agency employees and others contribute daily on a wide variety of topics.


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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.
  • WaterSense
    Calculate your water savings!


  • How to Read the EnergyGuide Label
    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.
  • Guide to Going Green at Home
    The Big Guide to Going Green at Home
  • Tips on Saving Energy & Money 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.
  • DIY Guide to Sealing & Insulating
    A DO-IT -YOURSELF guide to sealing and insulating with ENERGY STAR®: Sealing air leaks and adding attic insulation.
  • A Guide to Energy-Efficient Heating and Cooling
    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.