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2 Enterprise Community Partners | 2GREEN & HEALTHY LIVING: Energy Conservation Why Should You Care about Energy Use? It saves money Using less energy means lowering utility bills and saving money It reduces carbon emissions Carbon emissions are linked to climate change that results in more common severe weather events (hurricanes, heavy rains/floods, and droughts)

3 Enterprise Community Partners | 3GREEN & HEALTHY LIVING: Energy Conservation Why Should You Care about Energy Use? Electricity is generated from power plants

4 Why Should You Care about Energy Use? Enterprise Community Partners | 4GREEN & HEALTHY LIVING: Energy Conservation Image Source: Señor Codo via flickr under a CC license

5 Enterprise Community Partners | 5GREEN & HEALTHY LIVING: Energy Conservation Why Should You Care about Energy Use? the more Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emitted The more electricity used...

6 Enterprise Community Partners | 6GREEN & HEALTHY LIVING: Energy Conservation Source: Catastrophic Weather Events Extreme Drought Eco-System Changes Source: Hurricanes CO2 Contributes to Climate Change, Affecting... CO2 Contributes to Climate Change & Affects... Source:

7 Enterprise Community Partners | 7GREEN & HEALTHY LIVING: Energy Conservation Source: US EPA Major Home Energy Usage

8 Enterprise Community Partners | 8GREEN & HEALTHY LIVING: Energy Conservation There are different units of measurement for energy, depending on the form of energy Electricity is measured in kilowatt hours (kWh) Natural Gas, (used for heating, hot water, cooking, and sometimes clothes dryers) is measured in Therms 1 therm = 29.3 kWh Reading an Electricity or Natural Gas Bill

9 Enterprise Community Partners | 9GREEN & HEALTHY LIVING: Energy Conservation How Much Electricity Do I Use? Input your monthly electricity use (kWh) and cost($) into the worksheet Energy Conservation Exercise 1

10 Enterprise Community Partners | 10GREEN & HEALTHY LIVING: Energy Conservation Ways to Save Energy Heating and Cooling If possible, avoid space heaters as they are very inefficient and become a fire hazard if something is placed on them Buy Energy Star air conditioner

11 Enterprise Community Partners | 11GREEN & HEALTHY LIVING: Energy Conservation 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 Source: Steven Winter Associates Why You Shouldn’t Open Windows in Winter

12 Enterprise Community Partners | 12GREEN & HEALTHY LIVING: Energy Conservation Appliances: Look out for Phantom loads – little lights, LCD displays, and other indicators that remain ON even if your electronics are OFF Turn off computer when not in use (not just sleep…OFF) Use a timer or smart surge protector Ways To Save Energy Ways to Save Energy

13 Enterprise Community Partners | 13GREEN & HEALTHY LIVING: Energy Conservation How a Smart Strip Surge Protector Works Smart strips sense when a master appliance is turned off and switches peripherals off When the master electronics are: Turned ON, all peripherals are turned ON Turned OFF, the peripherals are turned OFF Control Outlet: Plug your independent “Master” electronics here Dependant Outlets: Plug your peripherals in here

14 Enterprise Community Partners | 14GREEN & HEALTHY LIVING: Energy Conservation How a smart strip surge protector works Smart strips sense when a master appliance is turned off and switches peripherals off “Master” electronicsPeripherals How a Smart Strip Surge Protector Works Television Computer DVD Cable box Surround Sound Printer Monitor

15 Enterprise Community Partners | 15GREEN & HEALTHY LIVING: Energy Conservation Timer strips allow residents to set times of the day to turn the outlets ON or OFF How a Timer Strip Surge Protector Works: Timer Switch: Set the time of day to switch outlets ON and OFF Timed Outlets: Outlets switched ON/OFF depending on timer setting

16 Enterprise Community Partners | 16GREEN & HEALTHY LIVING: Energy Conservation Ways to Save Energy Refrigerator & Freezer: Clean the coils on the back of your refrigerator Ensure back of the refrigerator has several inches of clearance from the wall Clean out frost from your freezer Set your refrigerator to 37 degrees, no colder When purchasing, choose an Energy Star appliance Source:

17 Enterprise Community Partners | 17GREEN & HEALTHY LIVING: Energy Conservation Ways to Save Energy Source: Water: Install an efficient showerhead (<2 gallons/minute) Less heated water down the drain saves energy Set clothes washers to use only cold water

18 Enterprise Community Partners | 18GREEN & HEALTHY LIVING: Energy Conservation Ways to Save Energy Lighting: Replace incandescent lighting with compact fluorescent (CFL) CFLs use 66% less energy than incandescents Turn lights off when not in use

19 Enterprise Community Partners | 19GREEN & HEALTHY LIVING: Energy Conservation Ways to Save Energy Through Purchasing Energy Efficient Products Energy Star is an EPA program that identifies energy efficient products Look for the blue Energy Star label –TVs –Refrigerators –Dishwashers –Air Conditioners –Computers –Clothes Washers

20 Enterprise Community Partners | 20GREEN & HEALTHY LIVING: Energy Conservation Ways to save energy through purchasing Ways to Save Energy Through Purchasing Water Efficient Products WaterSense is an EPA program that identifies water-efficient products Look for the WaterSense label –Toilets –Showerheads –Sink Faucets

21 Enterprise Community Partners | 21GREEN & HEALTHY LIVING: Energy Conservation Energy Conservation Exercise 2 WATT Do They Take? How is operational cost impacted by: – Settings – Wattage – Usage – Appliance Size

22 Enterprise Community Partners | 22GREEN & HEALTHY LIVING: Energy Conservation This Resident Cut Their Bill in Half Before: Electricity used: 540 kWh Bill Amount: $107.99

23 Enterprise Community Partners | 23GREEN & HEALTHY LIVING: Energy Conservation …They Save Over $300 Per Year After: Electricity used: 216 kWh Bill Amount: $49.29 How did they do it?

24 Enterprise Community Partners | 24GREEN & HEALTHY LIVING: Energy Conservation How Did the Resident Cut Their Bill in Half? Switch all lights to Compact Fluorescent Replace Fridge with Energy Star model Replace Dishwasher with Energy Star model Line dry laundry

25 Enterprise Community Partners | 25GREEN & HEALTHY LIVING: Energy Conservation How did the resident cut their bill in half? PLASMA How Did the Resident Cut Their Bill in Half? No space heater use No blow dryer use Non-plasma television Almost no A/C use in the summer


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