Going Green

Learn about ways to save the environment and money.

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

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Energy Tax Incentives

If you purchase energy efficient appliances or make energy saving improvements to your home or business, you can save money on your utility bills. You can also save more money on these purchases, in the form of tax incentives, such as tax credits and rebates, or sales tax holidays. Use these databases to find out if you qualify for state, local, utility, and federal incentives:

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Household Waste Disposal

Each year, we generate tons of waste in our homes, businesses and communities. The EPA is challenging all citizens to conserve our natural resources by committing to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Reduce and reuse by buying used or reusable items over disposable; look for products with less packaging; maintain and repair products instead of buying new; and borrow, rent or share items that are used infrequently.  Learn how you can reduce waste.

Contact your local waste or environmental management office for concerns about:

If the local government office cannot address the issue, contact your state environmental agency about your waste disposal questions.

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Renewable Energy Resources

Renewable energy resources are constantly replenished and will never run out. The main sources of renewable energy include:

  • Biomass energy uses energy from plants and plant-derived materials, with wood being the largest resource used.
  • Geothermal energy uses the heat from the earth via steam reservoirs, geothermal reservoirs and the shallow ground near the Earth's surface.
  • Hydrogen energy uses hydrogen, a clean-burning fuel, and combines it with oxygen in a fuel cell, which produces heat and electricity with only water vapor as a by-product.
  • Hydropower, or hydroelectric power, occurs when flowing water is captured and turned into electricity.
  • Ocean energy uses heat energy stored in the Earth's oceans to generate electricity through a process called ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC).
  • Solar energy uses the sun as a powerful source of energy.
  • Wind energy uses a wind turbine to generate electricity.

Advanced Vehicles and Fuels

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are helping the nation to reduce fuel costs and usage and improve the environment by developing transportation technologies like these:

  • Fuel Cell Vehicles are powered by hydrogen fuel and produce no harmful tailpipe exhaust—their only emission is water.  
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles are powered by an internal combustion engine or other propulsion source that can be run on conventional or alternative fuel and an electric motor that uses energy stored in a battery. 
  • Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) use batteries to power an electric motor and use another fuel, such as gasoline or diesel, to power an internal combustion engine or other propulsion source.
  • Vehicles and Fuel Research at NREL helps put fuel-efficient, low-emission cars and trucks on the road through research and innovation in electric vehicle, biofuel, and conventional automotive technologies.

To learn more, visit Energy.gov, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the U.S. Department of Energy Vehicles Technologies Office


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