As Kermit sang so proficiently it ‘s not easy being green , It is a sad thing that in this world being a polluting menace often is cheaper than going green …well let me revise that, the initial hurdle of going green is often a seemingly insurmountable obstacle for low to middle income families. Unbeknownsed to many of us there are actually some pretty interesting grant programs throughout America that can actually lower that initial hurdle, they are just not widely publicised. Some states even have special mortgage extension programs with low rates for green upgrades. Finding these programs and applying for them can be really hard for the layman or Woman . But there is help there are an array of resource site out there to help you on this somewhat thorny path.
Here are some valuable sites if you decide to go green:
Is a site that will give you all available federal options as well as a by state line-up of state programs: it even when available offer some local options.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) http://www.nrel.gov/
This site gives you easy to understand information on different renewable energy options. Not only will you find the more known energy sources like wind, solar and hydro, but also geothermal and biomass options. In the news section you will find available incentive programs.
ACEEE | American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy http://www.aceee.org/
This site has a great free PDF file that gives you the low down on available tax credits for green living and upgrades. The current version is only for 2009 but still it can give you a guideline what to look for
U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) http://www.eere.energy.gov/
This is the department of energy’s website. If you click this link http://search.nrel.gov/query.html?qp=&style=eere&qs=&qc=eren&ws=0&qm=0&st=1&nh=10&lk=1&rf=0&oq=&col=eren&qt=information+centr&x=0&y=0
It will lead you to the “information centre “that spans an array of topics, such as: tax incentive programs as well as resources where to buy solar and wind systems as well as fuel cells and the like. The genral site is also well worth browsing through.
Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) http://ase.org/
This is a resource and information loaded site, tax incentives, energy and money saving tips as well as earth friendly options for an array of situations. http://ase.org/resources/energy-efficiency-home-and-vehicle-tax-credits