How to Harvest Green Building Resources

Get started on the path to an eco-friendly home with these websites

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Homebuyers often think that if they start going green, they have to take it all the way. That's not the case. Small projects like adding eco-friendly flooring, Energy Star appliances or water-saving fixtures can increase your home's value, and they will help you sell your home when the time comes. On the other hand, going completely green will make your home even more appealing to buyers and make it better for the environment.

Read on for information and resources that will help you decide what your next eco-friendly project will be.

American Solar Energy Society
The American Solar Energy Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the use of solar energy. Find information about renewable resources on this site.

American Wind Energy Association
The American Wind Energy Association Web site is your one-stop shop for all things wind-powered. Get current news, facts sheets and information about wind energy policies.

Building America
This Department of Energy Web site conducts research about building technologies to find out how to make homes more energy-efficient.

Building Green
Get news and information about green building and reducing the environmental impact of building projects.

Energy Star
The Energy Star program, which is managed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, certifies products as energy efficient. You'll find a list of all their products, from battery chargers to washing machines, on the site. Plus, they have lots of information about energy-efficient home improvements and green building.

The Solar Nerd
Interested in installing solar panels? The Solar Nerd aims to help those decide if solar panels are a worthwhile investment. Visitors can search by their region and see who is a "solar nerd" near them. The site also offers a free, unbiased calculator that estimates the costs and benefits of solar-electric and solar-thermal systems for a specific location.

Forest Stewardship Council
The Forest Stewardship Council certifies wood so builders will know it has been produced sustainably. Find out more about the certification process, and find vendors that sell the FSC-certified products.

RateItGreen.com
Rate It Green is a user-generated site that lets consumers rate green products. Visitors to the site can read the reviews to make an informed decision about eco-friendly product purchases.

U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a nonprofit organization that works to expand sustainable building practices. You can find information about the benefits of green building and home energy ratings. They also have profiles of green building projects to provide ideas for your own home.

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