Featured Conservation Tip

  

Turn the lights off when not in use.

Using compact florescent lamps (CFLs) cuts electric consumption up to 60 %. Using Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) saves up to 80 %.

Turning them off when nobody is using them saves 100 %.

Replacing all your bulbs

with energy efficient

ones and then leaving

them on all the time just

wastes energy more slowly.

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Featured Conservation Tip

  

Buy brands that are green.

Vote green with your purchase.

It might not feel like it sometimes, but in Capitalism, the consumer determines what's produced & how much it costs.

When you buy green, the market-economy would eventually respond.

Featured Conservation Tip

   

Consider a Geothermal Heat Pump. 

They have no outside unit as do air conditioners. Their "outside" system is the collection of underground pipes. Beyond that, they are silent, are more efficient (your heat pump thinks it's springtime year round), and they provide you free hot water all summer.

Featured Conservation Tip

  

Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Volunteer to help the Alabama Solar Association educate people about the value of solar energy as fossil fuels begin to run out. What will power our children’s world? Contact any ASA board member or e-mail: info@AL-Solar.org and see where

you can fit in.

Use Solar Power with

TVA's Green Power Switch

  

"If you are not ready to install a solar array on your own house, you can still use solar energy by purchasing it from the TVA."

"When you fill out the Green Power Switch enrollment form, you’ll also receive the free EnergyRight home evaluation form."

"Why does green power cost more? Because although renewable resources like sunlight and wind are free, the technology for capturing their energy is still more

expensive than traditional

power generation

methods."

Featured Conservation Tip

  

Vote for clean and environmentally-friendly food every time you shop. Learn what is in the food you buy.  Read the book Food, Inc. or watch the movie (2009), http://www.takepart.com/foodinc/film,  

and then buy locally grown food.  It's more nutritio

"Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health."

Install Ceiling fFns

Run them on low speed to keep room air evenly distributed. Set them to blow downward in the summer to aid cooling and upward in winter to move warm air hugging the ceiling into the lower portion of the room.

Clean your Refrigerator Coils –

Sweeping or vacuuming under the air grate increases energy efficiency, and also gets rid of the dust bunnies.

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Conservation Tip

  

Cooling, not heating, is the biggest use of electricity in an all electric

home at 16%.

Raising the cooling temperature 1º reduces the air conditioner load by about 5%.

Get shade trees – this can reduce the inside

temperature by up to 20º.

30% of home heat load is from direct sunlight--Window shades, reflective films, or screens can block up to about

60% of the sun's rays.

Insulation

  

In Alabama, the recommendation is:

  • R30 – R60 in the attic

  • R19 – R25 in the floor

  • Blown or roll insulation in the walls and R5 sheathing in addition to the siding, inside walls, etc.

  • Low e windows (or reflective film) or storm windows