Going Green

Learn about environment-friendly technologies and what you can do to help the environment.

Energy Efficiency Resources

Learn tips on saving energy in the home and workplace by visiting the following websites and resources:

Energy Efficiency at Home

Energy Efficiency in the Workplace, Commercial Buildings, and Manufacturing Plants

  • Bring Your Green to Work - tools and resources that can help motivate and inspire employees to save energy.
  • Energy Star: Buildings and Plants - works with organizations to help them save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by making their buildings and plants more energy efficient.

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Energy Tax Incentives

Purchasing energy efficient appliances or making energy saving improvements to your home or business can save money, in the form of tax incentives (tax credits and rebates) or sales tax holidays. Tax credits can help reduce the amount of tax you owe, while rebates can lead to cash back from your purchase.  

Find out if you qualify for state, local, utility, and federal incentives:

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Dispose of Waste

Each year, homes, businesses and communities generate tons of waste. Learn what you can do to conserve natural resources by committing to reduce and reuse, recycle, and properly dispose of waste:

  • Reduce and reuse by buying used or reusable items instead of disposable; look for products with less packaging; maintain and repair products instead of buying new; and borrow, rent, or share items that you use infrequently.
  • Recycle by collecting and converting waste materials (including glass, paper, metal, plastic, tires, textiles, and electronics) into reusable items. Most communities run a recycling program. Check with your local government to learn how to participate. You can also recycle food and garden waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer by composting.
  • Dispose of hazardous items (including paints, fluorescent bulbs, pesticides, oil, antifreeze, etc.) properly to prevent contaminating soil and water. Contact your state environmental agency about your waste disposal questions.

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Renewable Energy Resources

In the United States, much of our energy comes from nonrenewable energy sources like coal, oil, and natural gas. Over time, these resources will dwindle, becoming too expensive or too damaging to our environment. By "going green" we can switch to renewable energy sources that are constantly replenished and will never run out.

The most common renewable energy sources are:

  • Hydroelectric power, or hydropower, uses flowing water to turn turbines to produce electricity. Almost all states use hydropower as a clean and less expensive way to generate some of their electricity. 
  • Solar energy uses a variety of technologies to convert sunlight to usable energy.  Energy from the sun can be used to heat water, heat or cool air, and generate electricity for individual homes or buildings. On a large scale, it can be used to produce electricity to power cities and small towns. 
  • Wind energy uses air blowing across propeller blades causing them to spin to produce electricity. These can be set up on a small scale to cut electric bills for individuals, or on a large scale by utility companies to produce power for customers.

Learn about other types of renewable sources of energy that scientists are currently working on.



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Last Updated: August 14, 2017

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