General Information

ProPublica. List of stimulus spending from an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. White House website that tracks where stimulus dollars are being spent.

Tax Incentives Assistance Project. Coalition providing information to consumers and businesses about tax incentives in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and its amendments.

State & Local DOE source of information on state, local, utility, and federal energy-related incentives.

In Your State. State-by-state stimulus information from the Dept. of Energy (DOE).

National Association of State Energy Officials. Contacts for key personnel.

Residential Energy Services Network. A nonprofit organization, RESNET established the energy use index called the Home Energy Rating System or HERS Index.

Training & Education

Affordable Comfort Institute. Nonprofit focused on retrofits and weatherization.

Building Performance Institute. Involved in developing and maintaining the Home Performance with Energy Star program, BPI offers an integrated certification, accreditation, and quality assurance program to support the building performance contracting industry.

Efficiency First. Nonprofit trade association representing home performance contractors, energy auditors, and manufacturers.

Home Performance with Energy Star. EPA/DOE program offering a whole-house approach to improving energy efficiency and comfort. (under the “Home Improvement” tab).

North American Technical Excellence. Nonprofit certification program for HVAC/R technicians, installers, and service professionals.

Windows, Doors, Skylights

Window & Door Manufacturers Association. A link to a pdf on the WDMA’shome page lays out the organization’s position on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) fenestration rules.

American Architectural Manufacturers Association. Posts periodic updates on rule changes as they affect the ARRA, the Internal Revenue Service, and fenestration products.

National Fenestration Rating Council. This useful site includes an alphabetically organized listing of fenestration manufacturers including those with products listed by the NFRC.

Efficient Windows Collaborative. Click on the “Window Selection Tool” bar for a U.S. map divided into four climate regions with a search function allowing for window selection by city and state.

Insulation & Roofing

DOE Weatherization Assistance Program.

Weatherization Assistance Program Technical Assistance Center.

Cool Roof Rating Council. Independent nonprofit that maintains a third-party rating system for radiative properties of roof surfacing materials.

National Roofing Contractors Association.

Metal Roofing Alliance.

Cool Metal Roofing Association.

HVAC & Water Heaters

Air Conditioning Contractors of America.

Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute. Directory of qualified HVAC equipment combinations.

Consortium for Energy Efficiency. Promotes energy-efficient products and service.

Energy Star Qualified Tankless and Solar Water Heaters. (under the “Products” tab).

Biomass stoves

Environmental Protection Agency. Compliance information on certified wood stoves. (search on “certified wood stoves”)

Solar & Wind Power

National Renewable Energy Laboratory. DOE R&D, testing, evaluation, and deployment.

American Solar Energy Society.

Solar Energy Industries Association.

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. Offers certifications programs to renewable energy professionals.

American Wind Energy Association.

Wind Powering America. DOE program providing information to homeowners, ranchers, and small businesses.

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. Offers certification for photovoltaics installers; developing voluntary training program for wind installers.

Geothermal Heat Pumps

Dept. of Energy. Information center for the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy programs.

Geothermal Education Office. California-based nonprofit.

Fuel Cells

U.S. Fuel Cell Council.

Fuel Cells 2000. Nonprofit educational organization.