Best places to learn about energy efficiency

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Elisa WoodBy Elisa Wood
September 5, 2012

Companies often email me asking for good sources of information about the energy efficiency business. These emails are coming more and more frequently as this industry continues to grow.

Many of the emails come from newcomers trying to break into the field with a new product or service. They include information technology companies, engineers, manufacturers, mom & pops, insurance firms, consultants, educators, students, conference planners, builders, solar installers, architects, researchers and the like.

So this blog is for them. Here is a listing of some of the sites that I frequent as I track the energy efficiency industry for the Energy Efficiency Markets blog. I can’t fit all here that I read, and I know I’m forgetting some important ones. My apologies in advance! If you spot any you would include, please add them in the comments section.


Several state and regional organizations also provide good information: the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council, Environment Northeast, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, Texas is Hot and several others.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention’s free newsletter Energy Efficiency Markets. We publish weekly and include this blog, a podcast by Lisa Cohn, aggregated news, many requests for proposals, upcoming events and member news.

Elisa Wood is a long-time energy writer whose work can be found at


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About Elisa Wood

Elisa Wood is the chief editor of She has been writing about energy for more than three decades for top industry publications. Her work also has been picked up by CNN, the New York Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal Online and the Washington Post.


  1. Great list, Elisa. Thanks for posting this. As a long time efficiency and renewables consultant I get similar questions about where to learn more about EE, RE, and becoming and auditor.
    I encourage folks to read periodicals like Home Energy Magazine, and books by Krigger, Harley, and my own Home Energy Diet. I’ve also found a great deal of useful advice and info on the Home Energy Pros website.
    Best to all in the quest for knowledge in this important field!

  2. Hi Elisa. Great list, but (as an employee of one of them) I think you should add the REEOs (Regional Energy Efficiency Organizations) to your list – with links instead of a paragraph that calls out just a few of them. You have good national coverage but the real ‘boots on the ground’ knowledge about what is going on at a state-by-state basis then MEEA, NEEA, NEEP, SEEA, SPEER, and SWEEP are important contacts.

    And on the energy efficiency research side, the Electric Markets and Policy group at Lawrence Berkeley Labs ( is a great resource.

  3. Elaine Sadowski says:

    Don’t forget the Association of Energy Engineers:

  4. Thank you all. Great additions!

  5. Elisa, thank you for taking the time to create such a thorough list of resources. Another great website can be found by searching the term “RESFEN.” The RESFEN program is supported by the US Department of Energy and currently provides some of the most accurate available estimates for home improvement related energy savings. For example, running a RESFEN report can give a homeowner specific data for how much energy they could expect to save by installing a particular line of replacement windows. Hopefully this is helpful. Thanks again for posting this informative list!