Plug In To Clean Energy

Efficiency is the cheapest and cleanest way to cut our fossil fuel use and pollution. It seems intuitive enough: Use less energy. Save fuel, and save money. But with the numerous federal, state and local organizations and agencies ready to help citizens retrofit their homes and businesses, offering rebates, discounts, financing and other kinds of incentives, it can be tough to figure out where to start. This guide is designed to help you cut through the clutter and pick what works for you, so you can get on the path toward a more efficient home or business, one step at a time.

A home energy audit is a great place to start. Many of the programs listed here require an audit before you get started, so be sure to read the eligibility requirements and set one up. This process is often free or discounted through the efficiency program, and the auditor will present you with a range of options to improve the energy performance of your building.

After your audit, it’s time to get started. Our “Plug into Clean Energy” guides provide you with a step-by-step plan and the local resources you can use to lock in those energy savings. The more you do, the more you save. Visit your state’s site to learn more about each of the kinds of improvements — starting with things you can do on your own right now!

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Retrofitting your home is an investment that will pay dividends in energy savings for years to come. By participating in a retrofit program, you also become part of a broader vision of sustainable buildings in America, as we move toward a goal of reducing energy use in existing buildings 30 percent by 2030.

We will need the technical expertise of auditors, contractors, and manufacturers, coupled with the dedication of citizens who want to improve the energy performance of their homes, to make that goal a reality, and we must start today.

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