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How to Use the Conservation and Renewable Energy Inquiry and Referral Service
The Earth is undergoing an energy crisis in which dwindling resources and repercussions from the use of certain sources of energy are affecting the environment and economy. It's an issue for which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DoE) are actively working on solutions. An important part of the process is making information available to consumers, which is the role of the Conservation and Renewable Energy Inquiry and Referral Service (CAREIRS), a program operated by the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). If you have questions or seek solutions about renewable energy and conservation for the home, learn how to use the Conservation and Renewable Energy Inquiry and Referral Service.
Know that the Conservation and Renewable Energy Inquiry and Referral Service is based in Merrifield, VA.
- Operating hours for CAREIRS is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).
- Consumer information about conservation and renewable energy is posted at the EERE website at
- The EERE concentrates on clean energy technologies.
Visit the EERE website to find links for 6 divisions of renewable energy and alternative energy sources:solar, wind, water, biomass, geothermal, and hydrogen and fuel cells.
- Each division's webpage contains information about the program, program areas, information, resources, financial opportunities, technology, deployment, and news and events.
- Each section on the website also includes a Publication and Product Library area where you can get more information on alternative energy sources.
Click "no" on the bottom right hand side of the web page asking "Did you find what you needed?" if the information provided doesn't answer your question.
- If you click no, you can write in what information you need and it will be sent to the appropriate person.
Look at the solar energy area for information about current research and development of solar energy technologies that could reduce dependence on oil imported from other countries.
- Program examples include the SunShot Initiative that is working to make solar energy costs competitive.
- Homeowners can access information on how to use active solar heating, small solar electric systems and solar water heaters.
Click on "Wind" to find out about this alternative energy source through the Department of Energy Wind Program.
- Learn the average wind speed in your state and whether a wind system is appropriate for your home.
Check the EEOE's Water Power program to learn about developing technologies in hydropower, including funding opportunities.
- The Wind and Water Program combines technologies in wind and water power to generate electricity.
Learn about the renewable energy of biofuels, biopower and other bioproducts.The EERE's Biomass Program includes research into feedstocks and integrated biorefineries.
- Find out specifics about using biofuels in vehicles.
Discover what geothermal energy has to offer the U.S.
- A Geothermal Projects Database provides information on geothermal projects throughout the U.S.
- Learn about the different ways to use geothermal energy as an alternative energy source in the home environment.
Learn about the Fuel Cell Technologies Program, which examines how hydrogen and fuel cells can meet fuel needs while lessening carbon emissions that contribute to climate change.
- Write to CAREIRS at PO Box 3048, Merrifield, VA 22116.
- The EERE Information Center takes calls on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. Call 1-877-EERE-INFO.
- Email an expert at EERE at .
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