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Green Living: Home Energy Use

Resources to help you green your home and make better environmental decisions.

Home Energy Audits

Before making changes, you need to determine your baseline energy use and identify projects that will reduce your consumption. The links below provide step-by-step instructions for conducting your own energy audit and tips for finding a professional, if you prefer to hire someone.

Home Energy Monitors

An important part of saving energy is determining how much energy you're currently using (your baseline), then tracking your improvements over time to determine how effective the changes are that you're making. One way to gather this information is with a home energy monitor.

The links below explain how such monitors work and provide tips for selecting the one that's right for you.

Books

Resources included here deal specifically with home energy use. For information on green building more generally, see the Green Building LibGuide.

Web Sites