By Jueseppi B.
There are a lot of .gov websites out there. But with so many, you might miss some of the ones that are most useful for you.
That’s why we’re launching WhiteHouse.gov/Tools: It’s a collection of tools from across the government that can make your life easier.
And those are just some of the tools we’re spotlighting.
TOOLS YOU’LL USE
Spotlighting government tools that make your life easier.
I want to find a college that’s a good fit for me or my kids.
You can use the scorecard to get a sense of a college’s affordability and value – helping you make an informed decision about which college to attend. Additionally, you can get scorecards based on programs or majors offered, location, and enrollment size.
Scorecards in the U.S. Department of Education
’s College Affordability and Transparency Center make it easier for you to search for a college that is a good fit for you. You can use the College Scorecard to find out more about a college’s affordability and value so you can make more informed decisions about which college to attend.
To start, enter the name of a college of interest to you or select factors that are important in your college search. You can find scorecards for colleges based on factors such as programs or majors offered, location, and enrollment size.
I want to learn how much federal financial aid is available to me or my kids.
The government provides more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds every year — and by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you’ll learn whether you or your children are eligible to receive that money. can get any of that money. If you don’t, you could be missing out on a lot of financial aid.
Assess the energy efficiency of your home and see how it measures up:
EPA‘s Home Energy Yardstick provides a simple assessment of your home’s annual energy use compared to similar homes. By answering a few basic questions about your home, you can get:
- Your home’s Home Energy Yardstick score (on a scale of 1 to 10);
- Insights into how much of your home’s energy use is related to heating and cooling versus other everyday uses like appliances, lighting, and hot water;
- Links to guidance from ENERGY STAR on how to increase your home’s score, improve comfort, and lower utility bills; and
- An estimate of your home’s annual carbon emissions.
Learn more about how the Home Energy Yardstick works.
See a sample results page.
To calculate your Yardstick score, all you need is some basic information about your home:
- Your ZIP code;
- Your home’s square footage;
- Number of full time home occupants;
- A list of all the different fuels used in your home (e.g., electricity, natural gas, fuel oil); and
- Your home’s last 12 months of utility bills (usually found in the 12 month summary provided on your bill or through a Green Button file ).
Having trouble with the Home Energy Yardstick? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want to find affordable, locally grown food in my area.
Want to eat local? The Department of Agriculture put together a fully searchable map of the local food projects, farmers markets, and food hubs in your area.
Welcome to the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass
With the tools below, learn about how USDA and our federal partners support local and regional food economies; see communities putting these resources to work; and explore the map to find out what’s happening near you. Use the tools and get involved!
Welcome to the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass
Uploaded on Feb 28, 2012
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan introduce the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass, an electronic document and interactive map that will help you support local and regional food systems.
I want to know if buying a hybrid car will save me money.
Are you thinking about getting a new car and debating whether to get a hybrid? Plug some information about your driving habits into this Department of Energy tool to see how much money you could save buying a hybrid.
To select different vehicle pairs including non-hybrid models or to consider additional cost factors, visit the Vehicle Cost Calculator at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center.
Note: This tool compares hybrids to their non-hybrid counterparts in very simple terms—only fuel costs and MSRP are considered. Other factors, such as insurance, maintenance, or resale value, are not considered since they can vary widely.
Every effort was made to match each hybrid vehicle with a conventional vehicle from the same manufacturer that is as similar as possible in terms of amenities and utility. For unique hybrids with no conventional counterpart like the Toyota Prius, Prius c and the Honda Insight, a different model was chosen from the same manufacturer if it appeared to be reasonably similar. Ultimately, consumers will have to judge for themselves how similar the vehicles are.
We developed a shorter, simpler credit card agreement that spells out the terms for the consumer. Note that this is not a model form, and use is not mandatory. Our prototype is shown here. We believe our approach will help consumers better understand their credit card agreements. Tell us what you think of it.
Review the sample agreement below. (You can also view a PDF copy.) The terms that are underlined in the agreement are defined in a separate list of definitions of credit card contract terms. Click any section of the agreement to learn more about it. Then leave your comments about the agreement or the definitions at the bottom of the page.
If you want to see what current agreements look like, check out our Credit Card Agreement Database.
Been Sued or Gotten a Demand Letter?
Answers To Common Questions About Abusive Patent Litigation
Received a letter about or been sued over a patent? You’re in the right place. See below for answers to common questions:
In June 2013, President Obama ordered the creation of this website to empower those who have received a demand letter or may be threatened with a patent lawsuit with information about their options. In response, the USPTO has created this site.
The information presented on this site does not constitute legal advice. It should not be considered to replace advice from an attorney. Reference to any specific organizations, attorneys, law firms, corporations, or websites does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the USPTO.
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