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?!
What is Cool Cities?
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
“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*:
21,850 Hospital Admissions
554,000 Asthma Attacks
38,000 Heart Attacks
$160 Billion in Healthcare Costs
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
Local Solutions to Global Problems
Renewable Energy Investment
Windsource is a no-hassle way to get all your electricity from Wind Power instead of coal.
Subscribing to the Windsource program for around $12 a month helps to save carbon and build our renewable energy infrastructure
Purchasing 800kwh of wind a month is equivalent to removing 9.7 tons of CO2 from the air!
Offset your CO2 with local renewable energy!
Giving back to the community
Calculate your CO2 footprint
20$ per ton of CO2
Why Is It A Good Idea?
What can I do on my own?
How can I make a larger investment in efficiency?
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
Top 5 Ways to Save Money on Energy Bills and Cut Down on your CO2 Footprint
Program your Thermostat
change the world?
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.
Home Energy Audit- Find The Leaks!
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?
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!
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.
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
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
Buying an EnergyStar Refrigerator/Freezer can cut energy usage in half! Monthly Savings:
Kwh Per Month Monthly Bill
Incandescent light bulbs
Inefficient, old appliances
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
What to expect?
Air Blower Door test
Room by room inspection
$90 with Air Blower Door test
$120 with Thermographic scan and Air Blower
Up to 60% off normal price
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
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
Xcel Energy Rebates
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
Photo by Gray Watson
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.
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
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
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.
Who do you know?
Set Date and Time
Inviting the participants
Present at the meeting