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Energy efficiency

Fact sheets

The following fact sheets provide basic how-to information for creating a more energy-efficient home. You will need Adobe’s free Acrobat Reader to view this information.

Online resources

  • Southface Energy Institute
    Fact sheets and technical bulletins about energy efficiency, water, lighting and indoor air quality.
  • Department of Energy’s Building America program
    Read how Habitat for Humanity was recognized for the Top Innovation award for high-performance affordable housing.
  • Energy Star
    Explore the Energy Star Tools and resources library for energy management, building designs and performance guides. Find information on how to conduct a home energy audit.
  • Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)
    The IRS recognizes certified home energy raters to verify a home’s qualification for the new federal tax credit for energy efficient homes. Find certified raters in your state.
  • Energy efficient rehab advisor
    For information on how to rehab homes in an energy-efficient and healthy manner, view the Energy Efficient Rehab Advisor for a step-by-step process appropriate to your climate.
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rehab Guide
    A set of guidebooks published in 2005 by HUD providing techniques, materials, and technologies for housing rehabilitation. Download the nine-volume Rehab Guide.
  • Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor AirPLUS program
    Learn how to improve the indoor air quality of your home through the EPA’s Indoor AirPLUS program.
  • U.S. Department of Energy Builders Challenge
    The Builders Challenge establishes a framework for continuous improvement in homebuilding that will help propel the market toward zero-energy performance.