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Reference Sites

Current Topics

Green Umbrella Energy Challenge - The Green Umbrella is challenging homeowners to improve their home’s energy efficiency and help the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region reduce its energy use by 15% by 2020. For more visit: Green Umbrella Energy Challenge

Home Energy Yardstick To compare your household’s energy use to others across the country visit: Home Energy Yardstick

Energy Star For insight into energy efficiency information such as Energy Star aplliances and home energy improvement measures visit: Energy Star Resources

New York Times - The New York Times publishes current and emerging energy and environmental news stories that can be found by visiting: Energy & Environment News

Energy Circle Blog - Homeowners can find many useful energy efficiency tips and expert advice to assist in improving home performance by visiting: Energy Circle Blog

Green Energy Ohio (GEO) - For the latest on renewable energy (solar, wind, biomass & low-impact hydro) information in Ohio visit: GEO

Gary Sullivan- Listen to "at home with Gary Sullivan" on 55KRC Saturday 9-1 and Sunday 9-12.  We are currently participating in the "Fall Fix Up" contest. Register today, contest ends Ocotober 19.

Energy Efficiency Trade Organizations

BPI (Building Performance Institute)  – BPI is recognized as a national standards development organization for residential energy efficiency and retrofit work. As an independeant, not-for-profit organization, they bring together leading building science experts to develop standards using a consensus-based methodology to ensure all styles and types of dwellings are included, and all climate zones are covered. For more, visit:  BPI

RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network) – RESNET was formed in 1995 to develop a national market for home energy rating systems and energy efficient mortgages. RESNET’s standards are officially recognized by the federal government for verification of building energy performance for such programs as federal tax incentives and the Energy Star program for residential construction. RESNET standards are also recognized by the U.S. mortgage industry for capitalizing a building’s energy performance in mortgage loans such as Energy Improvement Mortgages (EIM). For more, visit: RESNET

LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) - LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system.  Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building contractors and building owners with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measureable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.  A LEED-certified home is designed and constructed in accordance with the rigorous guidelines of the LEED for Homes green building certification program. LEED for Homes is a consensus-developed, third party-verified, voluntary rating system which promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes.  Fore more, visit the USGBC: LEED for Homes