If you're a regular visitor to EERE's Consumer's Guide to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, you may have noticed some changes this week. The site has moved to EnergySavers.gov and is now called "Energy Savers." The same in-depth information is still available, and we hope this new address will make the site easier for people to find. Along with this move came a home page facelift. Visit the site at EnergySavers.gov and let us know what you think!
In the spirit of spring renewal, we've also refreshed our seasonal Web site; the winter "Stay Warm, Save Money" site is now " Stay Cool, Save Money;" check it out for tips and strategies to save energy in the spring and summer.
These aren't the only changes you'll be seeing on the Energy Savers site in the coming months. We are working hard to improve the site and provide the content and links that you need to learn how to save energy at home.
Your feedback over the past year has been invaluable. Thank you to everyone who has left a comment! Please keep those comments coming—as you are perusing the site, send us your thoughts by answering the question "Did this information help?" on the right side of every screen. You will then have the opportunity to submit your suggestions for improving the site. We read and consider them all when planning improvements to the site. While we won't be able to accommodate all of the requests that come in, we will do our best to meet the most pressing needs of Energy Savers' visitors.
One upgrade that you unfortunately won't be seeing is one of the most popular requests for our site: product ratings and reviews. I completely understand the desire for an objective source to tell you which products are the best and most reliable; I'm somewhat obsessive about scouring the Web for reviews before I make any major purchase. But the Department of Energy just does not rate products in this way; the resources to purchase and test every product just aren't there, and more importantly, as a government entity, EERE does not endorse or promote commercial products, and many would consider such ratings an endorsement.
Fortunately, there are many places where you can find product ratings and reviews; the ENERGY STAR® site provides a list of some of them. And the government does provide some product information; you can always find products that have earned the ENERGY STAR by meeting strict efficiency guidelines set by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency.
As you use the Energy Savers site and start thinking about purchasing a product or hiring a service provider, be sure to use the links on the right side of each page to help you in your search. In many cases, you will find links directly to listings of ENERGY STAR products, or to professional organizations that maintain directories of professional service providers. We will be working to enhance these links and our method of providing them so you better understand what you'll find on these sites.