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Wednesday, December 12, 2007
 Cool Counties 
The goal of the Fairfax Cool Counties Workgroup is to suggest ways for county residents and businesses to save energy and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The following are various references on this topic.
AIRE—Arlington Initiative to Reduce Emissions, including tips for businesses and residents.
Carbon Footprint—Measure your carbon footprint at An Inconvenient Truth website. Link to calculations page.
Carbon Footprint 2—From the Vermont Earth Institute. Includes equations for calculations.
Carbon Footprint 3—From The Nature Conservancy, includes equation info and includes food choices and recycling.
Carbon Footprint 4—From The Climate Trust. Options for offsetting carbon emissions.
Carbon Footprint 5—Conservation International calculator.
Carbon Footprint 6—CarbonFund.org that includes U.S. averages next to each variable.
Consumer's Guide to Energy Efficiency—Good information on turning lights on and off.
Electrical Consumption by Use—Table of household energy use in U.S. in 2001.
Earth Day Footprint Quiz—My footprint is 20 acres and if everyone were like me we would need 4.5 planets.
Energy Fact Sheets—from DOE, good residential fact sheets.
Energy Saving Tips from Dominion Power—A good collection of suggestions for reducing energy use.
Energy Star Home Energy Yardstick—By entering info from utility bills, “compare your home's energy efficiency to similar homes across the country and get recommendations for energy-saving home improvements from ENERGY STAR”
Energy Star Guide to Home Sealing—Good color illustrations and practical info on sealing air leaks in a house.
Energy Tips—from the National Wildlife Federation. Includes an option to purchase carbon offsets. Also includes a Green Calculator.
Energy Use of Common Appliances—Part of a FAQ on time of energy use.
Home Energy Saver—Do-it-yourself energy audit tool, sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Energy.
Greenhouse Gas Inventory—EPA list of sources and sinks from 1990-2004.
Home Energy Saver Answer Desk—FAQ with energy data and savings tips.
Household Greenhouse Gas Emissions—Table of emissions by source, produced by Rocky Mountain Insitute.
Household Solutions—Detailed info on how to save energy in the home. One of several Rocky Mountain Institute carbon fact sheets.
Playbook for Green Neighborhoods—Guidelines to Learn, Plan, and Act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Save Energy in Schools—General tips for schools.
RMI Home Energy Briefs—guides describing what the average homeowner can do to save energy.
Yahoo Green—Concrete steps to reduce emissions, showing effects of each.

Sources and Trends

Reducing U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions: How Much and at What Cost?—Summary of historic GHG trends and cost of reduction of various sources. Produced by McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm.
Emissions of Greenhouse Gases in the United States 2005—Summary of GHG and their sources as of 2005. Produced by DOE Energy Information Administration.

References

America's 50 Greenest Cities—From Popular Science Magazine, includes the City of Alexandria.
Nine Cities, Nine Ideas—Ideas from nine cities on ways to reduce energy use.
Green Bikes Program—at St. Lawrence University in northern New York state. Checked out using library card.
RESNET—The Residential Energy Services Network, sets national standards for building energy efficiency rating systems.

Energy Audit Companies

CGE Solutions—Building Performance Consulting. Conduct home energy audits and training classes for energy auditors (outline of course.)
EMO Energy Solutions—Energy Efficiency & Sustainable Design Consulting.


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