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

Energy ConservationThe first step to lowering
energy costs.
RAVEN AmeriCorps Orientation 2009-2010
Rebekah Lührs Energy Program Coordinator 907-865-7308
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

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.

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

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

What is this?
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
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

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
  • Shower with a friend!

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

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

WARNING Drying clothes inside raises the
moisture level in the house and too much moisture
buildup can cause mold!
In the kitchen
  • General
  • Washing
  • Use the microwave and crock pots instead of the
  • 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

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
  • 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!

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

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
  • 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
  • If possible, use thermal shades in the winter
  • Make sure that the flue on the fire place is
    closed when not in use

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
  • Use space heaters sparingly
  • Check filters
  • Wear a sweater instead of turning up heat
  • NEVER use the electric stove to heat your home

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

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
  • Find Air leaks
  • Fix the gaps!!!
  • Biggest air leaks are found through the floor and
  • 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
  • Caulk cracks and gaps
  • Weather strip doors and windows
  • Use insulating blinds, shades or curtains
  • Insulate the water heater tank
  • Insulate pipes
  • Repair windows

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
  • Check with regional organizations(AVCP and RurAL
    CAP) to see where your community is on the
    Weatherization list

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

  • Space Heaters
  • Other
  • Never leave space heaters unattended!
  • Keep at least three feet away from flammable
  • 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.

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

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
  • 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