1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

August 10, 2008

:223 Green Made Simple

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:223 EcoTip: Green Made Simple is a great way to find out about the environmental incentives available in your area. You enter your zip-code to search their comprehensive residential energy efficiency rebates and incentives listings.

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 Additional Information:

http://www.greenmadesimple.com/

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, July 21, 2008
–/WORLD-WIRE/– Answering the need to save money and reduce carbon emissions when it comes to residential energy efficiency, the new website www.greenmadesimple.com presents the first comprehensive database for local, state and national incentives, rebates, and special offers on the Internet. Visitors to the site enter their zip code to quickly find local residential incentives and rebates covering appliances, lighting, cars, home improvement and construction, energy audits, solar and other renewables, recycling and financing options. Additionally, users are able to create an account to keep track of their projects, incentives and other offers.

“Homeowners need a quick way to find rebates and offers available when they buy new appliances, cars or other energy saving installations, and we give them all the terms, instructions and applications in one easy search,” says Bob Ellis, CEO of GreenMadeSimple.com.

The site offers three main resources:

Incentives: Each month, this section is updated from hundreds of sources to bring users the latest and most relevant incentives and rebates for making energy efficiency updates to their home. In addition, Green Made Simple also streamlines the process by providing application forms, terms and time limits in an easy-to-use format.

Marketplace: The site offers listings of green businesses, products and services that are available both locally and nationally. Similar to the Incentives section, visitors access these resources by entering their zip code and then filtering the information based on a search area, business name, or category.

Projects: This section features stories posted by real people who have engaged in a residential energy-saving project. Examples range from changing light bulbs in Virginia to installing a green roof in Indiana. Visitors can use this area to share their stories, get ideas and rate other projects. “People respond to what their neighbors and others are doing to make their homes more energy-efficient. So we want to make it easy for them to find each other and see how they solve the challenges of changing their practices,” says Publisher Chris Ewald.

According to the US Department of Energy, residential energy accounts for 21 percent of the national total energy consumption and costs American households more than $160 billion a year. It is estimated that energy efficiency improvements could save people 20 – 30 percent annually on their energy bills.

The site is a one-stop way to find energy-and money-saving opportunities through local and national rebates, incentives, businesses and services. It’s easy-to-use, comprehensive, and up-to-date. Visitors can also keep track of their own rebates and incentives, see others’ projects, and find the latest news on home energy efficiency.

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