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Cooler Planet

provides solar-energy tools that calculate return on investment, calculate break-even, and account for incentives in the calculation. They also include tools that allow you to see a map showing people in your area who used the solar calculators, an incentive map, and a map of installations. Try the following tool from Cooler Planet:



Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE)

is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.


DEC Air Quality Index (AQI) Forecast for New York State

rates air quality in the state every day.


Energy Star Home Improvement Toolbox

can help you save money and energy when remodeling, repairing, or improving your home.


EPA Household Carbon Footprint Calculator

allows you to estimate your current total household emissions; explore actions that you can take to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, and waste disposal costs; and see how much you can save (in dollars and emissions) by taking the actions that you chose.


EPA Map of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from Large Facilities

provides data on emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulfur hexafluoride, and other gases.


FindSolar.Com Solar Estimator

provides a suite of interactive tools for researching the solar-power potential of your home or business; checking out federal, state, and local rebates and incentives; and researching the growth of solar energy over the last decade.


GoodGuide Scorecard

alows you to find environmental information about your community: learn how bad the pollution is, where the toxic chemicals come from, what the health risks are, and more.


GreenerGadgets

provides information on electronics—including energy-saving tips, where to donate used electronics, repair and replacement tips, recycler certifications, green purchasing, and more. Try the following tool from GreenerGadgets:

 


H20 Conserve’s Water Footprint Calculator

is an interactive tool that allows people to estimate their water use and then find out how to reduce their water footprint.


NASA's Surface Meteorology and Solar Energy Data

is a renewable-energy resource website sponsored by NASA's Earth Science Enterprise Program that contains over 200 satellite-derived meteorological and solar-energy parameters, monthly averaged from 10 years of data, and data tables for particular locations.


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Solar Calculator

finds the sunrise, sunset, solar noon, and solar position for any place on Earth.


National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) PVWATTS Calculator

determines the energy production and cost savings of grid-connected photovoltaic energy systems throughout the world. It allows homeowners, installers, manufacturers, and researchers to easily develop estimates of the performance of hypothetical photovoltaic installations.


National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Renewable Resource Data Center (RReDC)

provides information on several types of renewable-energy resources in the United States in the form of publications, data, and maps.


PVCalc

is a return-on-investment (ROI) calculator for photovoltaic (solar-power) projects. You can freely specify all characteristics of the projects, including different types of financing. The result is a cash-flow projection that is the basis for four types of calculations.


RETScreen Renewable Energy Project Analysis Software

can be used to evaluate energy production, life-cycle costs, and reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions for various types of renewable-energy technologies.


Simply Insulate

provides information on how to lower your energy usage by properly insulating your home.


SolarTribune Guide to Home Solar Panels

provides educational information on using solar panels for your home energy.


SolarTribune Guide to Solar Thermal Energy

provides educational information on using solar thermal systems.


SunWize Solar Calculator

estimates the costs, savings, and payback of a solar system.


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