Energy Efficiency

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DIY Home Energy Audit
Conduct your own free home energy audit using the Home Energy Saver tool developed by Lawrence Berkeley Labs. This tool is a step-by-step guide to assessing energy use in your home and making recommendation to save energy and money at home.

EPA's WaterSense
EPA's Watersense website has water efficiency products, tips, rebates, and resources for all your water saving needs.

Home Energy Auditors
Find a certified Home Energy Rater in the Omaha area. These companies provide home energy audits which identify opportunities to safely and effectively save energy in your home. All good home energy audits will check air leakage with a blower door test, the building envelope with an insulation inspection, and several other energy-related aspects of your home.

Indoor Water Saving Tips
Learn how you can save water around the house at this site.

Check out OPPD's green web page for various tips and useful energy information.

Rain Gardens for Homeowners
Learn how to build a rain garden. Homeowners can reduce water runoff from their yards by using a functional and aesthetic design practice called a rain garden. A rain garden is a small area in a residential yard or neighborhood planted with flowers and ornamental grasses designed to temporarily hold and soak in rain water that comes from a house roof, driveway or other open area. A rain garden is not a pond or wetland. It is dry most of the time and holds water after a rain. Water collected in the rain garden slowly infiltrates into the soil to support plant growth. In a properly sited and designed rain garden standing water disappears in less than 48 hours.

reEnergize Program
The reEnergize Program is a partnership between the cities of Omaha and Lincoln to build energy smart communities.  It's designed to jumpstart the market for energy conservation in homes and buildings by supplementing costs, boosting consumer demand and connecting them with qualified professionals to do the work.  This program has been extended to September 2013.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy
Find Energy Star products and helpful information on how to save energy and protect the environment at home and in business.

WasteCap Nebraska
Did you know... Nebraskans throw away $137 Million worth of trash each year? The 2 million pounds of waste sent to our landfills contain valuable, recyclable materials. In 2010, value of office paper sent to the landfill was nearly $19 Million, the value of #1 PET plastic was $25.6 Million and the value of aluminum cans sent to Nebraska landfills was $28 Million! At WasteCap Nebraska, we believe there is no such thing as waste, only wasters! Are you a waster or are you Un-Wasted? Check out the WasteCap Nebraska website and read more facts and ideas about waste management, recycling and sustainability.

Watt Detector Program
If you are curious to see the amount of electricity household appliances use, the Omaha Public Library and Omaha Public Power District have partnered to make available a Watt Detector Program.

Water-Wise Lawn & Garden Care
Tired of bagging your lawn clippings? Grow healthier lawns, save water, and use fewer fertilizers. Learn bag no more lawn care and several other water saving techniques.