SBN Green Resources - Home and Commercial

Home and Commercial Energy Efficiency

A Guide to Energy Efficient Home Lighting
A home energy efficiency website with many free resources to educate homeowners on energy efficient lighting. The resources highlight energy savings, monetary savings, and important characteristics to look for when purchasing efficient bulbs.

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
A nonprofit organization with many resources for homeowners looking to reduce energy use and save money.

California Energy Commission
Californias primary energy policy and planning agency. Much of the information on this site offers numerous resources to help improve the efficiency of homes (such as the energy efficiency guide).

Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE)
Provides energy efficiency information for a wide variety of sectors, including government, industry, and others, as well as a resource library.

Energy Star
Energy Star is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.

Solar Tribune
Provides helpful tools and resources for people considering solar power solutions.

The Green Home Guide
The U.S. Green Building Councils Green Home Guide presents helpful resources on LEED for homes. The web site provides resources, information, and news for anyone who is interested in certifying a home under the LEED standard.

Better Bricks
BetterBricks champions the guiding principle that commercial buildings should be designed and operated with energy top of mind. The goal is to accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency best practices among real-world building professionals.

The Lighting Design Lab
The Lighting Design Lab is a commercial & industrial lighting (not-for-profit) education facility funded by major NW electric utilities & conservation partners. We promote energy efficient lighting through consultations, evaluations, mockup demonstrations, and classes.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Within the DOE, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy contains tips for saving energy in various areas of the home, such as landscaping, appliances, and windows.

Alliance to Save Energy
Offers energy saving tips and information on energy efficient products on the market.

NAESCO
A national trade association which has been a leader in initiating changes in the market for more effective energy solutions. The website features informative news, events, helpful books, and job postings.

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)
RMI advances market-based solutions, engaging businesses, communities, and institutions to cost-effectively shift to efficiency and renewables. The site also features discussion groups and other valuable resources.

 

News

When Foresight Is 20/20: Endowment Gains 27 Percent in One Stroke Thanks to $10 Investment 24 Years Ago

At a time when many small liberal arts universities are struggling, the University of Dallas has some good news to offer: The strategic sale of the apartment complex owned by the university for 24 years has increased the endowment by nearly 27 percent, or $16 million, bringing the current value to over $76 million. Further, this increase is predicted to eventually generate an additional $800,000 annually for UD's operations, capital and maintenance budgets.

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