FACT: Fans move the air, but they don't really cool it, and leaving them on when no one is around is a waste of energy and money. Fans actually provide a wind chill effect, which makes you feel cooler by accelerating the evaporation of perspiration on your skin. So be sure to turn off fans in unoccupied areas and especially when you leave your office or house.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Did you know peas are a good source of protein? Okay, put a pin in that for the moment. Did you know 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions are associated with raising, processing, packaging and shipping meat products for human consumption? If every American substituted a plant-based protein dish for a meat dish just once per week, the carbon dioxide reduction would be equivalent to taking more than 500,000 cars off the road. But where can you find plant-based protein? Check out the graphic below:
Thursday, July 20, 2017
During air conditioning season, when you leave the house for any length of time, you should consider turning up your thermostat to between 80 and 85 degrees (unless you're leaving pets at home). Experts agree that the energy saved from turning your thermostat up in the summer while you're away is greater than the energy used to cool your house back down after you return. Better yet, think about a programmable thermostat to raise and lower the temps for you. Stay Cool and Save Energy!
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
It's another hot July day out there so the insight today is all about HEAT. By now you have probably heard CFL or LED bulbs use less energy and last longer than incandescent bulbs but here is another factor to consider...
Standard incandescent bulbs create more HEAT than light, up to 90% of the energy these bulbs consume is given off as HEAT! When running A/C, incandescent bulbs are actually working against you. If you switch to CFL or LED bulbs your cooling costs will go down along with your lighting costs. COOL!
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Ways to Green Your Summer Travel
Try to eat locally and sustainably. Ditch the chain restaurants and be adventurous. Pack a cooler and stop at roadside fruit and vegetable stands, visit local farmer's markets. CLICK HERE to check out the Eat Well Guide with over 25,000 hand-picked restaurants, farms, markets and other sources of local, sustainable food.
Bring a stainless steel water bottle. Bottled water is plentiful but pricey and also creates plastic waste. With stainless steel you avoid BPA and it helps you save money.
Keep your car tires properly inflated. Tires that are under-inflated reduce performance so keep them full of air to increase your gas mileage. Also make sure your scheduled maintenance is up-to-date to help the engine run as efficiently as possible.
Patronize local businesses. Use your tourist dollars to support local economies by choosing small businesses over big box chain stores. Summer destinations often count on this income to survive the rest of the year.
Monday, July 3, 2017
Happy Birthday, America!
The best gift you can give our country is to make just one change to your daily routine to help conserve energy. Whether you replace an incandescent bulb with a CFL or LED, flip a switch off when a room is unoccupied, power down your computer monitor at the end of the day or unplug unused electronics; these simple steps DO make a difference, especially in a district our size. Small changes add up to create big savings.
When you save energy, you are stretching our district dollars further and that gives us reason to...
Have a fun, safe and energy efficient 4th of July!
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
The EPA's annual Top Cities list was recently published and shows which metro areas were home to the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings in the previous year. These regions continue to make impressive strides in cutting American energy bills and pollution through energy efficiency. Their efforts contribute to stronger economies, healthier communities, and cleaner air for all of us.
1) Washington, DC
2) Los Angeles
3) New York
To see the complete list of the top 25 cities (including where Minneapolis/St. Paul was ranked) plus the lists of top mid-size cities, top small cities and lots of other information CLICK HERE.