Presentation on theme: "Metro CERT Save Energy AND Money! Julia Eagles February 16, 2012 Macalester College Sustainability Office Student Renter Energy Efficiency Workshop."— Presentation transcript:
Metro CERT Save Energy AND Money! Julia Eagles February 16, 2012 Macalester College Sustainability Office Student Renter Energy Efficiency Workshop
Workshop Schedule www.GreenInstitute.org A GENDA: Welcome, Introductions Energy Conservation Presentation Choosing Rental Housing Be a Smart Renter Resources Questions & Discussion
Eureka Recycling Metro Clean Energy Resource Team http://www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/ Our mission is to reduce waste today by using the best possible methods and demonstrate that wasting is preventable...not inevitable. Helping Minnesota communities determine their energy future
Community Energy Programs Clean Energy Resource Teams: Energy Efficiency presentations MN GreenStep Cities CERT-ified Campaigns Seed grants for community-scale clean energy projects Food Service energy programs Rental/multi-family energy efficiency programs www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/Regions/Metro
Why save energy? www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/Regions/Metro
Where does our energy come from? www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/Regions/Metro And what does it lead to?
Choosing Off-Campus Housing www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/Regions/Metro Some of the factors you consider when choosing housing…
Renting and Energy Use www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/Regions/Metro We ask that you also consider some of these factors: Potential utility costs: electricity, natural gas, water, sewer, garbage, internet, cable Utilities: Included in rent or separate? Type of housing: House vs. apartment? Apartment location: Which floor, window direction, exposure? Equipment Age and Efficiency: Heating/cooling systems, appliances, electronics Water fixtures: Low flow faucets, toilet(s), or shower heads?
How to Read Your Utility Bill? www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/Regions/Metro There are different units of measurement for energy, depending on the form of energy o Electricity is measured in kilowatt hours (kWh) o A kilowatt is equal to 1,000 watt, kwh is 1,000 watt hours o Natural Gas, (used for heating, hot water, cooking, and sometimes clothes dryers) is measured in Therms o 1 therm = 29.3 kWh It’s Reddy Kilowatt!
Online Bill Access www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/Regions/Metro
How your home uses energy: www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/Regions/Metro Heating/AC – 55% Lights, electronics– 20% Appliances – 15% Water Heating– 10%
Heating and Cooling www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/Regions/Metro Weatherize your home to seal cracks and holes to reduce heat loss. *Also, make sure your rental property has appropriate storm windows and doors.
Heating and Cooling www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/Regions/Metro If possible, avoid space heaters as they are very inefficient and become a fire hazard if something is placed on them Avoid using air conditioning when possible and look for Energy Star model
Programmable Thermostat www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/Regions/Metro Save 1% on your heating bill for every 1 degree you lower your thermostat for an 8-hour period in the winter. Energy Star settings: Winter: Home- 70 Gone- 62 Summer: Home- 78 Gone- 85
Why You Shouldn’t Open Windows in Winter www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/Regions/Metro The Stack Effect 1)Window is opened in an upper floor unit 2) Heat rushes out and draws warm air up from other units 3) Cold air is drawn from the outside to replace air
Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs) www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/Regions/Metro *Remember to recycle your CFLs after they burn out.
CFL Clean-up Open any nearby windows to disperse vapor Leave room for fifteen minutes Don’t touch fragments with bare hands Don’t use a vacuum or broom Use paper or cardboard to corral all pieces together Use a wet paper towel or duct tape to pick up fragments and place in a plastic bag Take it to Menards to recycle the fragments www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/Regions/Metro
The Truth about CFLs and Mercury www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/Regions/Metro
Appliances www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/Regions/Metro How many appliances do you have in your home?
Phantom Load Phantom Load= Using power when your electronics are turned off Use power strips Unplug items when not in use www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/Regions/Metro
No Cost CO2 Savings $ Savings Turn off lights and unplug electronics298 lbs$14 Turn down thermostat two degrees596 lbs$53 Take five minute showers261 lbs$24 Wash all clothes in cold water930 lbs$86 Hang dry your clothes1845 lbs$91 www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/Regions/Metro Save over $250 a year!
Low Cost CO2 Savings $ Savings Low flow showerhead $35/yr381 lbs Faucet aerator $10/yr202 lbs Compact fluorescent light bulbs- 5$20/yr428 lbs Window Insulation Kits$7/kit Weather stripping$83/yr www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/Regions/Metro Save over $150 a year!
Resources www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/Regions/Metro MN Green Communities Healthy Homes Checklist: http://www.mngreencommunities.org/ http://www.mngreencommunities.org/ MN Energy Challenge Actions for Renters: http://www.mnenergychallenge.org/Actions/Categories/Renters.aspx http://www.mnenergychallenge.org/Actions/Categories/Renters.aspx HOME Line: http://www.homelinemn.org/http://www.homelinemn.org/ –How to Be the Smartest Renter on Your Block Book UMN Tenant Resource Guide: http://www1.umn.edu/usls/pdfs/tenant_resource_guide.pdf http://www1.umn.edu/usls/pdfs/tenant_resource_guide.pdf State of MN- Landlords and Tenants Rights and Responsibilities: http://www.ag.state.mn.us/consumer/housing/lt/default.asp http://www.ag.state.mn.us/consumer/housing/lt/default.asp
Resources www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/Regions/Metro Neighborhood Energy Connection: http://thenec.org/ Check out all the NEC’s programs and resources at their website! Home Energy Squad: http://homeenergysquad.net/ Sign up for a home visit with the Home Energy Squad to install materials that could save up you an average of $192/year!
Questions & Discussion Questions for me? What are YOU doing to reduce energy use? What other environmental issues are you working on? www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/Regions/Metro
Contact www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org/Contact Julia Eagles Metro CERT Organizer Eureka Recycling 612-455-9174 julia@CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org