Thursday, July 30, 2015

Today's Energy Insight

Did you know fifteen minutes or more of pre-soaking and five minutes of agitation gets clothes cleaner than fifteen minutes of agitation? A simple and yet very effective tip for saving energy, saving money and getting your dirtiest clothes cleaner. And, less agitation isn't as hard on your garments either helping to keep your clothes from wearing out prematurely resulting in bonus savings!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Today's Energy Insight

Currently, which renewable energy source provides
the United States with the most energy?

A) wind 

B) solar 

C) geothermal 

D) hydropower

Scroll down to check your answer...

And the correct answer is: D) hydropower


Solar, biomass, geothermal, wind, and hydropower energy
are all considered renewable sources of energy because they

A) can be converted directly into heat and electricity 
B) can be replenished by nature in a short period of time 
C) do not produce air pollution 

And the correct answer is B.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Today's Energy Insight

Another fun energy fact courtesy of SEE...
Enough sunlight reaches the earth’s surface each minute to satisfy the world’s energy demands—for an entire year.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Today's Energy Insight

You can save energy and money with your car by applying these two simple maintenance strategies. By regularly checking and replacing the air filter you can save $130 per year and by keeping the tires properly inflated you can experience an annual savings of $840. Just another fun fact from SEE.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Today's Energy Insight

Beat the Heat!
Here are some ways to save energy during these warm summer months...

Using ceiling fans to circulate air will make you feel cooler and possibly allow you to raise the temperature setting on your AC thermostat by a few degrees. But be sure to turn the fan off when you leave the room, because fans cool people, not rooms.

Clean or replace central AC system filters monthly – and window unit filters even more frequently.

Shift energy-intensive household chores such as laundry and dishwashing to off-peak hours – nights, mornings, weekends – when there is less strain on the power grid, and operate these units with full loads to get the most for your energy dollars.

Plug energy leaks with weather stripping and caulking and be sure your house is properly insulated to save up to 20 percent on cooling (and winter heating) bills.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Today's Energy Insight

According to Energy Star, currently in the average U.S. household, 40% of all electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off but still plugged in. Across the country, this equals the annual output of 17 power plants. That is a lot of wasted energy!
Utilize a power strip for your printer, monitor, speakers etc. and turn off everything at once when you turn off your computer. Power strips are also great for gaming consoles, phone chargers and all those miscellaneous electronics.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Today's Energy Insight

Declare your Independence from High Energy Use!

The best way you can declare your independence from high energy use is to make one change in your daily routine to help conserve energy. Whether you replace an incandescent light bulb with a CFL or LED, or you use your light switch rather than rely on a motion sensor, or you power down or unplug unused electronics; these simple steps do make a difference. If just ¼ of all staff in the district made a small change to their energy-related habits, thousands of saving opportunities would be created every week. In a district our size, you CAN and DO make a difference. Thanks for doing your part!
 When we save energy, we are stretching our district dollars further!

Have a safe, energy efficient and groovy 4th of July, Everyone!