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Home Energy Solutions Introduction What is Cool Cities? Local Communities Making a Commitment to Solve Global Warming Putting Proven Smart Energy Solutions to Work Building Local Coalitions Changing the National Consciousness What’s the Problem?!

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Home Energy Solutions

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What is Cool Cities?

  • Local Communities Making a Commitment to Solve Global Warming

  • Putting Proven Smart Energy Solutions to Work

  • Building Local Coalitions

  • Changing the National Consciousness

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What’s the Problem?!

Facing Down The Energy Crisis, Economic Recession and Some Really Big Questions

How do we stop global warming locally?

Do we need fossil fuels?

Is there a cheaper, safer way to power this country?

History of our Energy Crisis: Heat

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*Conrad Schneider, "The Dirty Secret Behind Dirty Air: Dirty Power" June 2004

Coal Health Facts

“Coal-fired power plants are among the largest contributors to particulate pollution, ozone, mercury, and global warming.”  The American Lung Association

Air Pollution from power plants annually cause*:

23,600 Deaths

21,850 Hospital Admissions

554,000 Asthma Attacks

38,000 Heart Attacks

$160 Billion in Healthcare Costs

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Facts about coal

Coal accounts for 83% of CO2 emissions for electricity production

It takes one pound of coal to power your TV for 4.5 hours

One pound to power your lamp for two evenings

The average US household uses 9.5 tons of coal per year

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What Are You Gonna Do About It?

Local Solutions to Global Problems

Renewable Energy Investment

Energy Efficiency

Energy Activism

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Xcel Energy Windsource

Windsource is a no-hassle way to get all your electricity from Wind Power instead of coal.

Subscribing to the Windsource program for around $12 a month helps to save carbon and build our renewable energy infrastructure

Purchasing 800kwh of wind a month is equivalent to removing 9.7 tons of CO2 from the air!

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Colorado Carbon Fund

Offset your CO2 with local renewable energy!

Giving back to the community

Calculate your CO2 footprint

20$ per ton of CO2

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Energy Efficiency


Why Is It A Good Idea?

What can I do on my own?

How can I make a larger investment in efficiency?

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Why is Efficiency A Good Idea?

Easy-A lot of savings for a little effort

Low Cost-It’s a secure investment

Buy Local-Boost your local economy buy using your dollars on local contractors instead of non-local power companies

Carbon Footprint-Efficiency saves our resources and slows global warming

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Do-It Yourself!

Top 5 Ways to Save Money on Energy Bills and Cut Down on your CO2 Footprint

  • 1. Program your thermostat or purchase a programmable thermostat.

  • 2. Install CFL Light bulbs

  • 3. Perform a basic energy audit

  • 4. Seal up leaks

  • 5. Lose/Manage Your Vampire Appliances

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Setting your thermostat below 70 degrees will subtract 7-10% from your energy bill! Follow this tip to watch your energy bill begin to drop…

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Do-It Yourself!

Program your Thermostat

  • Make the thermostat follow your schedule.

  • When you leave the house for work every morning or when you’re sleeping you spend money heating your house.

  • Set your thermostat to be cooler in the winter and warmer in summer when you don’t need it.

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Step 2

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How many CFL Light bulbs does it take to

change the world?

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Just One!

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Do-It Yourself

  • Compact Florescent Light bulbs

Replace your old light bulbs with CFL light bulbs before they burn out. A regular light bulb spends 30% more energy than a CFL.

In the first 3-4 months a CFL light bulb will pay for itself through reduced energy use. In the remaining 3-4 years of its life, one bulb will save you about eight bucks a year.

CFL light bulbs typically hold 5 milligrams of mercury. A glass thermometer carries 1 gram of mercury. That is 200 times less mercury. You can recycle the bulbs at any Ace Hardware or Home Depot.

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Step 3

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Do-It Yourself!

Home Energy Audit- Find The Leaks!

  • Leaks are found in the walls, outlets, attic and floor of your home.

  • In the construction business this is called the envelope.

  • Keeping the envelope of your home sealed will be the key to saving money and energy.

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Do-It Yourself!

Home Energy Audit- Find The Leaks!

Start with checking your house for energy leaks or windy drafts. I.e. windows, doors, light sockets, fireplaces…

-Have you spent enough quality time with your attic?

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Do-It Yourself!

Home Energy Audit cont.

Check your water heater to see if it is warm to the touch...consider turning it down to around 120 degrees.

Make sure hot water pipes are well insulated, especially if they are located outside the house. Uninsulated outdoor pipes may burst!

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Step 4

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Do-It Yourself!

Seal Up The Leaks

Use caulking on cracks

Purchase a window kit

Rubber weather stripping

Foil tape or a glue called mastic fills leaks on your heating and air conditioning ducts.

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Step 5

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Do-It Yourself!

Replace/Manage Appliances

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Do-It Yourself!

The “Kill A Watt” power meter

-finding “phantom” loads and “vampire” appliances

- Predicts your power usage and bill!!!

shut off all your appliances with 1 switch on a power strip

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EnergyStar Upgrades

Should I buy a new appliance?

The easiest thing to do is check the age of your appliances. 1992 or older!

Refrigerators – 10-14% of your electricity!

Make sure when you are buying a new appliance that it is Energy Star rated

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EnergyStar Upgrades

Buying an EnergyStar Refrigerator/Freezer can cut energy usage in half! Monthly Savings:


Kwh Per Month Monthly Bill

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The Dollar Breakdown

Unmodified Household

Heat loss

Standard thermostat

Energy Leaks

Low Insulation

Electricity wasted

Incandescent light bulbs

Phantom loads

Inefficient, old appliances

Efficient Household

  • Heat efficient

    • Programmable thermostat

    • Leaks are plugged up

    • Thick Insulation

  • Electricity saved

    • CFL light bulbs

    • Power strips

    • Energy Star appliances

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$$ Rebates + Cheap Audits $$

A few ways to get some extra cash while being more energy efficient

Don’t need to find all the rebates, you just need get the right contractor

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Pro Audits from Xcel

What to expect?

Air Blower Door test

Room by room inspection

Thermographic scan

$90 with Air Blower Door test

$120 with Thermographic scan and Air Blower

Up to 60% off normal price


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Weatherization Assistance Program

Recovery Act has added $79.5 million to Weatherization and Training in CO and has added 25 times more money to the Federal Weatherization Assistance budget for a total of $5 billion

Income Level- At or below 200% of poverty for your local poverty level

Per Unit Assistance-$6,500 instead of $2,500

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Weatherization Assistance

Goal of weatherizing 1 million homes a year. 15 million US households qualify. Apply now and tell your neighbors and friends to apply.

If we don’t use it we lose it. Leaving money on the table could mean that congress doesn’t fund this program in future years

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You can receive money back if you upgrade…

Xcel Energy Rebates

  • Improve Insulation 20% of the cost up to $300 – You need to be at R20 or below to qualify

  • Hot water heaters $40-$100

  • Natural gas furnace $80-$120

  • Swamp Coolers $200-$500

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Brought to you by the Obama Recovery Act…

Recovery Act Efficiency Improvements-30% of the cost up to $1500

Windows, Insulation, Sealing

Central Air, Heat Pump, Furnace/Boiler

Geothermal Pump/Solar Water Heater-30% of the cost up to $2000

Biomass Fuel Stoves- $300 Credit

Small Wind- 30% of the cost up to $4000

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Think about Solar

Photo by Gray Watson

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Free Solar Energy…Well Almost

A $15,000 investment in an average photovoltaic solar system can cover your home’s entire electricity bill, which also eliminates your home’s dependence on coal

This means that your electrically generated carbon footprint will shrink to almost nothing!

This $15,000 investment will pay for itself in about 8 years.

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Solar Savings

Xcel Solar Rebates

$3.50 a watt

Federal Tax Credits

30% of the cost of the system

Rebates and tax credits offer as much as 50-60% in savings

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Solar Savings

An average home uses 7,500 kW/hr per year

Average CO home’s electric bill is $780 a year and will increase 8-10% per year.

Consider organizing a neighborhood solar bid for even bigger savings.

Finding 4-5 other neighbors committed to solar can save you thousands more on each unit! Learn more at 1bog.org

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Grassroots Change Starts With You

  • Changing the way we heat and light our homes is an easy task as long as we work together

  • We need to make our voices heard in city hall, the state capital and Washington DC.

  • Help others take advantage of the energy opportunities that you just learned about.

  • What can you do to make sure we have a safe, secure energy future?

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Tell Your Story

The more the public hears about efficiency and renewable energy solutions the more our energy use will change in this country.

We need to share our success stories with the public.

Post your stories on www.coolcities.us or email them to me.

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5 Steps to Host Your Own

Who do you know?

Set Date and Time

Inviting the participants

Present at the meeting

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