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Clean Energy Victory Bonds


Are you familiar with the Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act of 2012?   If not, you should be!  This initiative can help the US economy and the environment.

A little background:  On August 2, 2012, Representative Bob Filner and 10 cosponsors introduced the Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act of 2012, H.R. 6275 in the House of Representatives. The bill is officially entitled “To promote the domestic development and deployment of clean energy technologies required for the 21st century” and will allow Americans to invest in Treasury Bonds for as low as $25 each.  The bonds will fund clean energy programs that support wind, solar, energy efficiency, and electric vehicles in the US.... read more

Kids! Take the ENERGY STAR Challenge!

Hey kids!  Want to tell the world about the things you do to save energy, money, and protect the climate?  Here's your opportunity!

Kids who submit an essay about saving energy to the Share Your Story ENERGY STAR page and click on the "DoSomething Team ENERGY STAR Challenge" immediately become eligible for a number of prizes, such as:

·      The new Lorax DVD, which will go to the first 100 kids to submit essays

·      25 winners will receive ENERGY STAR qualified electronics products donated by LG Electronics, including computer monitors and televisions, smart phones, and mouse scanners

·      Top winners will also be featured in New York's Times Square on the LG billboard.

·      Some winners may have a chance to participate in ENERGY STAR Day in October with EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.... read more

10 Tips for Summer Energy Conservation (without spending a dime)

Energy savings

Here are some tips for staying cool this summer while decreasing your energy consumption.  If you're not ready to go solar, there are still plenty of changes you can make to reduce your carbon footprint.

1. Turn your thermostat to 120 degrees.  Run a meat thermometer under the water 5-6 hours after you lower the temperature and adjust the settings on the thermostat as necessary.

2. Wash your clothes in cold water.

3. Insulate your hot water heater.... read more

5 Ways to Save Money on Commercial Property While Going Green

Owning commercial property can be a very expensive proposition. Even though fairly good money is realized from the rents paid by tenants a large portion of that is taken away due to maintenance, leaving behind a very thin net profit. It can be even tougher if not all the space in the building is rented out. Landlords are always looking for ways to either cut or contain maintenance costs. Very few look to green alternatives for cost control and that is unfortunate. Going green is not necessarily a hippie Woodstock way of managing things. In fact, it is entirely possible for a landlord to reduce his or her carbon footprint and save money at the same time. There are a number of possible strategies and here are just a few:

1. Conduct an energy audit. Most commercial buildings are not designed to make use of the current solar panel technology, but that doesn't mean that these structures cannot be energy efficient. Public utilities are quite willing to do an energy audit that will give the owner an indication of how much energy is being used, and provide suggestions as to how to save money by efficiently decreasing energy use (e.g. not having the air- conditioning on in offices 24/7).... read more

Go Green and Save Money!

Our friends at Easy Finance look at some different stats for the finances of going green and saving money.  

They go on to explain:  "There are a number of ways to help our environment almost effortlessly and without spending a single dollar. Some principles of a sustainable lifestyle are pretty straightforward and easy to put into practice."

Check out the graphic below to learn more.  ... read more

Home Window Efficiency Testing

About one-third of your heating and cooling are lost as heat transfers through your windows. While window technology has improved dramatically over the past 20-30 years, newer windows still contribute to home energy loss significantly. There are many things you can do to improve the efficiency of your home windows. The best place to start is with testing the efficiency of your windows to determine if it is time to invest in new windows, or if there are smaller improvements you can make to your existing windows.  ... read more

Home Energy Use Facts


Here are some astonishing tidbits and facts I have discovered about home energy use in the United States. 

The average home contributes more air pollution than does the average car.

Every time you open the refrigerator door, up to one-third of the cold air can escape.

Switching from ten 100-watt bulbs to ten 40-watt bulbs saves 600 watt hours. That savings is for every hour the lights are on. Saving 0.6 kWh from changing 10 light bulbs x 8 hours/day x 365 days/yr = 1752 kWh.... read more

What is a Home Energy Management System?

Home Energy Managing Systems are tools that monitor energy data from your electricity meter and/or PV solar system.  The system tracks how much energy is in use at any given time or over a period of time.  There are two types of energy management systems on the market: 1) those geared toward utility companies to monitor customer use and allow them to adjust rates based on use; and 2) those for home owners to monitor their own home energy use in order to be more efficient. ... read more

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