Install and Invest

For those considering making energy efficiency upgrades or installing renewable energy systems, this compilation of guides, toolkits, cost calculators and maps is made just for you. Visit our Energy Conservation and Efficiency Guide and Solar Energy Installation Guide below to check out the steps we suggest for making your own personalized clean energy plan. If you need additional information, more helpful resources can be found by searching the database below.

Install & Invest Resource Database

Resource Source and Description Audience Topic Type Additional Tags File
Google EV Charging Station Map

Search for electric vehicle charging stations and see real time availability of charging ports by searching "EV Charging Station" in Google Maps.

Google Maps
Find Credentialed HVAC Contractors

Search multiple databases for credentialed HVAC contractors.

Energy Star
Tool or Calculator
eXtension Farm Energy

The eXtension Farm Energy website provides factsheets, research summaries, case studies, decision tools, worksheets, and many other resources. Farm Energy covers a range of practices, including conserving energy, growing and producing biofuels, evaluating feedstocks, calculating farm wind and solar potential, and the sustainable use and production of farm energy.

U.S. Cooperative Extension System
Guide or Toolkit
Energy Star Rebate Finder

Energy Star database of rebates and special offers for energy-saving appliances

Energy Star
Guide or Toolkit
Energy Savers Network

Learn about the work being done in Buncombe County, NC to reduce energy costs for limited-income families. Sign up to volunteer or request home energy saving services.

Energy Savers Network
Energy Saver 101 - Home Energy Audits

This infographic explains the steps of a professional energy audit.

Department of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Resources for Rural K-12 School Energy Managers and Educators

This 8-page guide offers tips for implementing energy efficiency measures in K-12 school districts and includes numerous case studies and resources for benchmarking, implementation, financing and behavior change programs.

U.S. Department of Energy, Better Buildings
Guide or Toolkit
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ElecTel Cooperative Federal Credit Union - Energy Efficient Loan Program

ElecTel's loan program is available to members of select North Carolina electric cooperatives to finance home energy efficiency improvements, as well as solar, solar storage, and more.

ElecTel Cooperative Federal Credit Union
Duke Energy —Interconnection Overview

Information about Duke Energy's interconnection, net-metering and parallel generation policies for large and small distributed generation systems

Duke Energy
Policy or Regulation
Duke Energy Helping Home Fund

Find providers across North Carolina that conduct free health and safety repairs, appliance replacement, and heating and cooling system repair for households under 200% of the federal poverty level and served by Duke Energy.

North Carolina Community Action Association

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