Energy Management
 Ways to save money on the home energy bills
 
Electricity
How to Save Electricity in Your Home
Using electricity wisely can help get more value from the energy dollar.  It also helps to conserve natural resources and reduces the impact energy use has on the environment. This web site from the Edison Electrical Institute offers advice and tips to gain more control over energy use at home.
More Than 100 Ways to Improve Your Electric Bill
Everyone wants to know how to cut their home’s electric bill. This booklet from the Edison Electrical Institute gives quick and easy changes that result in big energy savings.
 
General Household
Appliance Operating Cost  
A reference guide for determining what it costs to use your appliances each month.
Energy Savers - Tips on Saving Energy and Money at Home 
U.S. Department of Energy guide that covers all aspects of the home environment.
Home Energy Saver
The first web based do-it-yourself energy audit tool.  Try it!
More Than 100 Ways to Save on Your Energy Bill  
Thirty-two page booklet from Consumer's Energy. Loaded with money saving tips.
Power Smart - The Power is in Your Hands 
From the Alliance to Save Energy, this booklet provides energy saving advice designed to save money
and preserve the planet.
101 Ways to Save Energy 
These low-cost or no-cost ideas are easy ways to lower your utility bills all year long and preserve our precious natural resources. All it takes is a few minutes each month, and you’ll notice a difference
– and make a difference!
 
Heating and Air Conditioning
A Guide to Energy-Efficient Heating and Cooling
Learn how to maintain your heating and cooling equipment and increase system performance to save energy
and money while providing a more comfortable, healthy home for you and your family.
Heat Smartly with ENERGY STAR @ home
The average family spends $1,900 a year on energy bills, much of which goes to heating and cooling. This winter, you can use less energy in your home and save money on energy bills. Saving energy also means you're doing your part to protect the environment and reduce the risks of global climate change.
 
Insulation and Ventilation
Comparing Fiber Glass and Cellulose Insulation 
One way to compare insulation products is to do a side by side comparison. This report compare the two most common types of insulation: fiber glass and cellulose and reveals important differences between the two
products.
Facts About Fiber Glass Insulation and Vapor Retarders 
When and where to use vapor retarders.
Facts About Ventilation and Moisture Control 
An examination of attic ventilation, crawl space ventilation, and vapor retarders.
Federal Tax Credits Available for Adding Insulation to Existing Homes 
Homeowners are eligible for a tax credit of up to $500 for 10% of the costs of qualified energy efficiency
improvements made to their homes.
Insulation Fact Sheet
All homeowners pay energy bill and wish they paid less. Often many of us do not really know how to control or reduce our utility bills. We encourage our children to turn off the lights and appliances, but may not recognize the benefits of insulating the attic. This site from the US Department of Energy provides excellent information about the benefits of home insulation.
Questions and Answers About Home Insulation 
An easy-to-use booklet which provides basic information on insulation and tips to help save on heating and cooling bills. Excellent guide for homeowners.
R-Value Recommendations
Type in your ZIP code and this handy calculator will show how much insulation is recommended for your home.
What Areas of My Home Should I Insulate?
To achieve the maximum thermal efficiency and comfort it is important to insulate any space were energy could be lost.  Click the numbered spots below to view places in a typical house where insulation should be installed.
 
Windows and Doors
Efficient Windows Collaborative
Efficient Windows Collaborative (EWC) members have made a commitment to manufacture and promote energy-efficient windows. This site provides unbiased information on the benefits of energy-efficient windows, descriptions of how they work, and recommendations for their selection and use.
Selecting Energy Efficient Windows for a Michigan Home 
A fact sheet comparing the efficiency of various window types in Michigan's climate.
Windows and Door Home Energy Guide 
When shopping for windows and doors, this guide helps you understand your options and how your choices can affect your home’s comfort and energy costs. This guide also provides tips on installing windows and doors and it explains the terminology that will help you ask the right questions before you make a purchase.