Resources for Individuals

Individual Energy Saving Actions

Guides and examples of quick easy steps, products, energy audits, and home improvements that you can make today to improve your home’s energy efficiency.

Georgetown University energy prize’s individual efficiency guides

While there is a lot of information available for consumers, a lot of it is relatively dense, and/or requires an advanced degree in engineering and math to truly understand what actions are best for an individual to take.

To help individuals make more efficiency energy choices, a Georgetown University Energy Prize Fellow, Catherine Huber, spent the last few months distilling the wealth of available information into a few easy-to-understand guides.  Download each of the PDF documents below:

To see our citations for information and images, download this list.


ENERGY STAR Home Advisor

The ENERGY STAR Home Advisor can help you improve your home’s energy efficiency while adding comfort and value. And visit the ENERGY STAR website, for a lot more information.


HUD.GOV’s Consumer Guide to Energy-Efficient and Healthy Homes

Visit’s consumer guide that describes how to improve a home’s energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality, which can help reduce heating and cooling costs, save energy, and improve occupants’ health and comfort levels.


Home Energy Saver™ Online Calculator and Recommendations

The Home Energy Saver™ (HES) empowers homeowners and renters to save money, live better, and help the earth by reducing energy use in their homes. HES provides personalized recommendations of energy-saving upgrades that are appropriate to the home and make sense for the home’s climate and local energy prices.


EPA’s Household Carbon Footprint Calculator

While energy efficiency is the goal of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, we know many households are looking to not only conserve energy, but reduce their environmental impact. Use the EPA’s Household Carbon Footprint Calculator to estimate a “ballpark” figure for your greenhouse gasses and look for ways that you can improve.