Appliances & Lighting

Lower utility bills by using high efficiency windows and insulation. More resources for this category are located in the Appliances section of our Green Built Homes Certification Levels page — under Phase 5: Appliances, Lighting, and Renewables as well as our Appliances & Lighting Blog category page:


Energy Star Appliances – Information on appliances that have earned the Energy Star.

Learn about the different types of water heaters and their efficiencies along with a comparison chart of operating costs over the lifetime of these different types from EPA and DOE.


Greenseal’s Choose Green Report on lighting – A great fact sheet on the science, cost and savings of CFLs.

Green Home Guide’s Lighting Summary

Information on CFLs and Mercury – Fact sheet compiled by Energy Star.

National Energy Education Development – Change a Light, Change the World Teacher’s Guide.

US DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy – Advanced lighting design and energy code.

WELL Building Standard – Excellent downloadable resource including healthy lighting standards for occupant well-being and energy efficiency.

LED Lighting – The light-emitting diode (LED) is one of today’s most energy-efficient and rapidly developing lighting technologies.