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Title: Energy Conservation: The first step to lowering energy costs.


1
Energy ConservationThe first step to lowering
energy costs.
RAVEN AmeriCorps Orientation 2009-2010
Rebekah Lührs Energy Program Coordinator
rluhrs_at_ruralcap.com 907-865-7308
2
Energy Conservation
  • Pro Short term answer
  • Pro You can save money now!
  • Pro Costs you little money
  • Pro There are ample resources and guides
  • Con Have to change habits in regard to energy
    consumption

3
Energy Costs in Rural Alaska
  • In rural Alaska 60 of a households income is
    spent on energy costs(AEA).
  • Of these costs, 81 go to home heating and
    electric usage.

4
QuestionSo, how much do you think the average
household spent on energy costs in 2008?
  • The average household bill was
  • 11,840
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Cooperative Extension Service

5
Where does this money go?
  • Your Energy Bill
  • Space Heating..38
  • Water Heating..15
  • Lighting.13
  • Electronics.8
  • Refrigeration...............7
  • Cooking.....7
  • Clothes Dryer/Dishwasher..7
  • Computers.1
  • Other...5

6
What is this?
7
Compact Fluorescent Bulb (CFL)
  • Lasts 10 times longer than a regular bulb
  • Households can save hundreds of dollars a year on
    their electric bills
  • Provide more light with less energy!
  • Warning CFLs are considered hazardous waste and
    cannot be thrown away in the dump

Alaskans can easily save 240 a year in electric
bills by switching to CFL bulbs
8
Other ways to save on lighting
  • Turn lights off when leaving rooms
  • Dont leave lights on overnight
  • Use natural light in the summer
  • Use LED nightlights and Christmas lights

9
Water HeatingWater Heating accounts for 15 of
your Bill.
  • Install low flow showerheads
  • Turn water heater thermostat down. Shouldnt be
    above 120F
  • Take shorter showers
  • Insulate your hot water heater
  • Dont leave hot water running
  • If you will be on vacation, turn down the
    thermostat even further if there is no risk of
    freezing
  • Shower with a friend!

10
Machine Washing ClothesMoney you spend at the
Washateria counts, too!
  • Washing
  • Drying
  • Only wash full loads
  • Warm water vs. hot water
  • Use high speed spin
  • If you are not in a hurry, use air dry or cool
    heat setting
  • Separate slow and fast drying clothes
  • Clean the lint trap

11
Hand Washing Clothes
  • Washing
  • Drying
  • Wash in cool to warm water
  • Use washing tubs to conserve hot water
  • Wring clothes before hanging
  • On summer days, dry clothes outside!
  • We do not recommend hanging clothes to dry in the
    winter.

WARNING Drying clothes inside raises the
moisture level in the house and too much moisture
buildup can cause mold!
12
In the kitchen
  • General
  • Washing
  • Use the microwave and crock pots instead of the
    oven
  • Use lids to keep heat in
  • Use an eye that is an inch smaller than the pan
  • Keep the inside of the Microwave clean
  • Unplug unused
  • appliances (or put on a power strip!)
  • Dishwasher
  • Scrape instead of pre-rinsing dishes
  • Wash only full loads
  • Use air-dry option
  • By Hand
  • Dont let the water run
  • Scrape the dishes, it keeps water cleaner
    longer!

13
The Refrigerator
  • A BIG Part of your energy Bill
  • 7
  • A fridge made before 1980 costs an estimated
    450 a year MORE to run than a newer energy star
    one, in rural Alaska!
  • Keep the refrigerator between 36 - 38 degrees
    Fahrenheit
  • Keep the freezer between 0 - 5 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Keep the freezer full!
  • Unplug second freezer. It can cost between 200
    to 400 a year to run (CES)
  • Make sure door seals are tight. Try the dollar
    bill trick!

14
Phantom Loads
  • What are they?
  • How can you avoid them?
  • Even when electronics are off, they still draw
    electricity that you pay for. This is called a
    phantom load.
  • Use a power strip!
  • By plugging all electronics into one power strip
    you can turn them all off at the same time
  • Group electronics on separate power strips
  • Never plug one power strip into another or plug
    more than one power strip into the same outlet

15
Electronics and Living Room
  • Electronics
  • Living room
  • Turn off TV when no one is watching it
  • Turn off power strips when not using electronics
  • Unplug phone and iPod chargers (BIG Phantom
    load!)
  • Use sleep functions on computers
  • Open window shades during the day in the summer
    to let the heat in
  • Close blinds at night in the winter to keep cold
    out
  • If possible, use thermal shades in the winter
  • Make sure that the flue on the fire place is
    closed when not in use

16
Home Heating
  • Programmable Thermostats
  • General
  • Automatically adjusts the temperature in a
    building (forced air)
  • Used properly, they can save over 150 a year
  • Make a schedule lower temperature at night
  • Set back heat during day if no one is home
  • Have a professional tune your heating system if
    possible
  • Use space heaters sparingly
  • Check filters
  • Wear a sweater instead of turning up heat
  • NEVER use the electric stove to heat your home

17
Wood Heating Efficiency
  • High efficiency Stoves
  • Efficiency Tips
  • If possible, try and use an energy efficient wood
    stove
  • Burn small hot fires
  • Dont burn wet wood
  • Split wood into pieces that are 10-15cm in
    diameter
  • Store wood outside, off of the ground, and
    covered to avoid moisture
  • Maintain stove and chimney
  • Remove ashes and put them in the garden!

18
Wood Heating
  • Wood Safety
  • Never burn gasoline, kerosene, charcoal, or
    liquid starter in home stoves
  • Never burn wood taken from salt water, as they
    burn carcinogens
  • Never burn wood that has been treated with
    varnishes, sealants, or paint because they will
    release toxins
  • Keep carbon monoxide detectors in the house
  • Keep fire extinguishers near stoves

Did you know that Alaskan villages have the
highest mortality rate from CO poisoning in the
USA?
19
Insulation
  • Find Air leaks
  • Fix the gaps!!!
  • Biggest air leaks are found through the floor and
    ceiling
  • Look for daylight around door and window frames
  • Use a dollar bill to test door seals close bill
    in door, if it pulls out easy, seals should be
    replaced
  • Caulk cracks and gaps
  • Weather strip doors and windows
  • Use insulating blinds, shades or curtains
  • Insulate the water heater tank
  • Insulate pipes
  • Repair windows

20
State Programs
  • Alaska Housing finance corporation (AHFC)
  • Power Cost equalization(PCE)
  • PCE subsidizes the cost of electricity in rural
    communities, paying a portion of each kilowatt
    hour for up to 500 kWh a month
  • See if your community receives PCE and see how
    much it covers
  • Staying under 500 kWhs is a great way to save
    money!
  • Check with regional organizations(AVCP and RurAL
    CAP) to see where your community is on the
    Weatherization list

21
Monitoring Energy Usage
  • What you need
  • To do
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Calculator
  • Kill-a-watt meter
  • Monthly Energy Bill
  • Write down date and time
  • Write down major things you did in the day
    (laundry, dishwasher, a lot of cooking, etc.)
  • Use kill-a-watt to see how much appliances use
  • Compare with the dates on energy bill to see when
    cost increases and decreases
  • Try to get a sense of what you use

22
Safety
  • Space Heaters
  • Other
  • Never leave space heaters unattended!
  • Keep at least three feet away from flammable
    items
  • Make sure it is vented to avoid CO poisoning
  • Never leave on at night
  • Have a smoke detector
  • Have a carbon monoxide alarm
  • Clear area around heating system
  • HEALTH FIRST! If there are elders or kids in the
    home, do not let it get too cold in your attempts
    to save energy! Health should be first.

23
Save Money!
  • What can you do for free?
  • Turn off lights
  • Turn of power strips with TVs, and DVD players
  • Put your block heater on a timer
  • Keep refrigerator door closed (dont stand with
    it open, you know whats in there!)
  • Set washer loads on cold
  • Clean dryer lint trap
  • Check fridge, freezer and water heater
    temperatures

24
Spread the word!
  • Let others know how they can save energy in their
    homes tell your
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Youth
  • School
  • Community
  • Youll save them money and they will thank you
    later!
  • This Power Point was put together for general use
    by RurAL CAPs Energy Program Coordinator. For
    further questions, comments, or copy of this
    PowerPoint, please e-mail rluhrs_at_ruralcap.com
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