Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Today's Energy Insight

Renewable Energy is any energy derived from natural processes, such as sunlight, water or wind. These resources are replenished faster than they are consumed, hence "renewable". The following fun facts about renewable energy highlight its growth, efficiency, and effectiveness:

  • Renewable Energy creates three-times more jobs than fossil fuels.
  • One wind turbine generates enough electricity to power up to 1,400 households.
  • If taken advantage of to its fullest extent, sunlight that beams on the earth for one hour could meet world energy demands for an entire year.
  • The largest wind turbine in the world, located in Hawaii, stands 20 stories tall and has blades the length of a football field.
  • Silicon, the major component of a solar cell, is the 2nd most abundant element in the Earth’s crust (about 28% by mass) after oxygen.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Happy New Year

Many New Year's resolutions are about being good to yourself. This year why not resolve to be good to the environment?

Ronald Reagan once said, "Every day begins with possibilities. It's up to us to fill it with things that move us toward progress and peace."

As 2018 unfolds before us ripe with new and fresh possibilities, consider adopting an attitude of "every little bit helps."

Even though a single green effort will not solve the world's environmental problems overnight, there is absolutely no harm in trying to make a small impact by embracing greener habits. Resolve to be more energy efficient this year.

Wishing you an Energy Efficient and Sustainable New Year!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Today's Energy Insight

Look for Opportunities to Save!

Winter break is just around the corner so here is your friendly reminder to look around before you leave the building for an extended amount of time. Be sure you have shut down, turned off or unplugged where possible in your area, office or classroom. Especially look for these:

Computer monitors and speakers
Smart boards and projectors
Copiers and printers
TVs, DVD players and display monitors
A / V equipment
Electronic equipment in Science Labs and Art Rooms
Equipment in Industrial Tech / Auto Shop
Phone chargers
Don't forget to close window blinds too!

Wishing the RAS District and beyond
Happy Holidays and an Efficient New Year!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Today's Energy Insight

Myth Busting!

A common misconception about saving energy is that leaving lights, computers, and other electric appliances turned on when you are not going to be away for very long is a good idea. Switching them on and off all the time wears them out more quickly, and also produces sudden power spikes that negate any supposed energy savings.
If there were ever any legitimacy to this idea, there isn’t anymore. Switching sophisticated modern appliances and electrical devices on and off frequently will not reduce their life span, and any power surges that might occur are likely to be minuscule. The bottom line is that if you aren’t using an electrical device, it should be turned off; period, case closed.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Today's Energy Insight

"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
~ Gro Harlem Brundtland

Who is Gro Harlem Brundtland?
She was the first female Prime Minister of Norway and is widely regarded as the “mother” of sustainable development. A physician as well as an international leader in sustainable development and public health, Dr. Brundtland chaired the World Commission on Environment and Development — the Brundtland Commission — which defined the term “sustainable development” in its landmark report, “Our Common Future.” The commission’s recommendations provided the momentum for the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Today's Energy Insight

YOU Make a Difference!

"You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."
- Jane Goodall

To the Students and Staff of our district ~
A World of Thanks to You for Making a Difference in 2017!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Today's Energy Insight

How to Save Energy with Holiday Lighting

  • Use Fiber Optic Decorations Fiber optics are the ultimate in energy efficiency. In most cases, they use a single light bulb.
  • Switch to LED Light Strands and Decorations LED lights use 90% less electricity than regular holiday lights
  • Limit the Time Lights are On Wait until dark to turn on your lights. Six hours or less a day is a good goal. Have trouble remembering to turn them off? Set a timer.
  • Turn Off Room Lights When the Tree is On The lights on your tree should provide more than enough lighting to navigate around the room.
  • Decorate with Candles Set up luminaries or ice candle holders outside. Lit candles throughout your home achieve a beautiful glow without adding to your electric bill. Just remember, SAFETY FIRST when it comes to decorating with candlelight.