Improve Your Home Energy Use
The production of energy for homes is one of the biggest sources of pollution due to the fossil fuels that power plants burn. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, homes used approximately 1.4 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in 2016. Most of this energy is used for lighting, laundry, refrigeration, and heating and cooling. Residents can reduce the amount of energy they use by practicing energy conservation and efficiency techniques around the home. Some examples include using programmable thermostats to regulate the temperature of the house, turning off lights when a room is not occupied, unplugging home electronics when they're not in use, taking shorter showers, and wearing warm clothes during the winter. Parents should also ensure that their children understand the need for energy efficiency and that they are routinely conserving energy. Home improvement projects can further reduce a home's energy footprint. Examples include adding or improving insulation in the attic and installing energy-efficient doors and windows.
- Earth Is Our Home: Repair the Environment for Future Generations: Columbia Local Schools provides a list of links related to protecting the environment on their website. The page also includes links to videos.
- Home Improvement and Energy Conservation: Energy conservation at home and other environment-oriented resources are the subjects of Kelso High School's Climate Change page.
- Green Home Improvement and Other Environmental Links: Carol Hansen Grey's website has a long list of links to environmental friendliness websites along with descriptions. They talk about everything from water conservation to sustainable energy and genetic engineering.
- For Teachers: Yay Science features links to resources for teachers on their website.
- Going Green Resources: Visit this Charles H. Bullock School page for a list of pointers to environmental education resources.
- Technology Web Sites of Interest: Households can contribute significantly to reducing energy usage and the pollution that comes with it. Great Neck South Middle School offers readers links to information about energy conservation at home as well as alternative energy resources.
- Green Home Guide Roundup: Kid-Friendly Green Resources: Green Home Guide focuses on educating children about the environment on this page.
- Home Repair Classes and Green Links: Go to this Transition Town Media page for a long list of links to resources about climate change, home repair classes for women, spiritual well-being, home energy efficiency, food and gardening, and many other topics.
- Baltimore, MD: Real Estate/Lender Links: Visit this website for links to real estate pages and lender resources.
- Some Home Repair Issues You Need to Beware of: Home repair issues can be an expensive thing to deal with.
- Love it or List it: Are You Ready for Some Home Improvement Work? Home improvements can increase the value of a house, but they can be expensive.
- Resources: Nokomis East Neighborhood Association provides a list of links on their website that direct readers to pages concerning Minneapolis, Minnesota, government resources, organizations, public transit, real estate, churches, the environment, and more.
- Odd Home Repair and Maintenance Tasks That Landlords Must Tend to: Landlords face a number of home maintenance obligations that are easy to overlook.
- Surface Drains vs. French Drains: LTEC Surface Drains explains to interested visitors the difference between French drains and surface drains in their home maintenance blog.
- Faculty Spotlight: Home Improvement: Visit the Sarah Lawrence College website for an article about their renovation of the Cottage Place Gardens public housing area.
- Centennial Home Improvement Program (HIP): Homeowners in the city of Centennial, Colorado, who qualify can take advantage of financial aid for home repair and remodeling projects.
- Information for Home Improvement Contractors: All contractors who want to do business in Connecticut must register with the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.
- Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program: The University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point has resources available for learning about topics related to energy conservation on their website. The content here is directed at students, parents, and professionals in education.
- Shut the Door on Door-to-Door Home Improvement Scams: Learn about fraudulent home improvement sales activities on the Minnesota attorney general's consumer protection site.
- Home and Community: Home Improvement: Visit Access Washington's Consumer Protection portal for links to information about hiring a contractor, handling disputes, permits and inspections, and more.
- Home Improvement and Remodeling: This page is an advertisement for a home renovation contractor.
- Home Improvement Loans: Go here to learn about the city of Fridley's home improvement financial aid programs, with loans up to $50,000 available.
- Housing and Neighborhood Development: Norwalk, California, offers grants, rebates, and loans to qualifying homeowners to rehabilitate their homes. This page has information about these financial aid programs, eligibility information, and the types of repairs that qualify.
- Understanding Generational Differences in Home Remodeling Behavior: Stanford Libraries features a 24-page paper on home remodeling on this page.
- Rio Grande Library Move Out and Renovation: Austin Community College has a notice on their website about the Rio Grande Campus closing.
- The University of Chicago Press Books: Click this link to see a page with a description and some reviews about the book Building a Market: The Rise of the Home Improvement Industry, 1914-1960.
- Homeowner's How-to Guide: Homeowners in Albuquerque, New Mexico, can find useful tips on home construction permits on the city website's building safety and permits section.