2 Agenda Who Are You and Who Am I? Problem Solutions Tallying Up Government and Utility IncentivesGoing Beyond Your Home and Neighborhood
3 What is Cool Cities?Local communities making a commitment to solve global warmingPutting proven Clean Energy Solutions to workBuilding local coalitionsChanging the National consciousness3
4 Coal Impacts Our Health “Coal-fired power plants are among the largest contributors to particulate pollution, ozone, mercury, and global warming.” -- The American Lung Association
5 How Much Coal Do We Use?Coal accounts for 83% of CO2 emissions for electricity productionIt takes one pound of coal to power your TV for 4.5 hoursOne pound of coal to power your lamp for two eveningsThe average US household uses 9.5 tons of coal per year
6 Electricity Fuel Mix NY NJ CT US Coal 14.7% 16.3% 11.3% 48.5% Petroleum5.6%0.7%4.0%1.1%Natural Gas31.3%29.9%21.3%Nuclear29.1%51.1%49.4%19.6%Hydroelectric17.3%N/A5.9%Other, including Renewables1.9%1.3%2.2%3.5%6
7 What is the Challenge and the Opportunity? Stop climate change with local solutionsDecrease our dependence on fossil fuelsSupport a more affordable and safer way to power our countryStrengthen local economies
8 Wind Power[Fill in local programs that allow consumers to purchase wind power]
10 Free Solar Energy…Well Almost Setting up a PV system on your home could cover your electric bill eliminating your home’s demand on coal and electricity billA system costing $15,000 could pay for itself in about 8 years
11 Solar Savings – Tax Credits Federal Personal Tax Credit – 30% of the cost of the system[Fill in local tax credits for solar]
12 Solar Savings – Loans and Rebates [Fill in local programs that provide loans or financial incentives for solar installations]12
13 Energy Efficiency Makes $ense Extremely cost-effectiveA secure, low-cost investmentBoosts your local economy by:Using your dollars to support local contractors, not on excessive utility billsKeeping your dollars local, spending energy savings on other thingsReduces environmental impact
14 Top 5 ways to save money on energy bills & lower CO2 footprint: Do-It Yourself!Top 5 ways to save money on energy bills & lower CO2 footprint:1. Programmable thermostats2. Install CFL Light bulbs3. Perform a home energy audit4. Seal up leaks5. Lose/manage your Vampire Appliances14
15 Program Your Thermostat Make the thermostat follow your schedule.When you leave the house for work every morning or when you’re sleeping you spend money heating your house more than you need to.Set your thermostat to be cooler in the winter and warmer in summer.Raising your thermostat one degree in the summer can reduce your bills by 3-5%.
16 Compact Florescent Lightbulbs Replace your old light bulbs with CFL light bulbs before they burn out. A regular light bulb uses over 300% more energy than a CFL.Following its first year, a 100 watt CFL light bulb will save you about eight dollars a year.A CFL pays for itself in the first four months and lasts several years.
18 Home Energy Audit - Find The Leaks! In the construction business, the roof, walls, windows and doors in your home are part of the envelope.Keeping the envelope of your home sealed will be the key to saving money and energy.
20 Home Energy Audit - Find The Leaks! Start with checking your house for energy leaks or windy drafts. i.e. windows, doors, light sockets, fireplaces…Have you spent enough quality time with your attic?
21 Home Energy Audit cont.Check your water heater to see if it is warm to the touch...cut your water heating bill in half by turning it down to around 120 degrees.Make sure hot water pipes are well insulated, especially if they are located outside the house. Uninsulated pipes may burst!
22 Seal Up The Leaks Use caulking on cracks Purchase a window kit Rubber weather strippingFoil tape or a glue called mastic fills leaks on your heating and air conditioning ducts.
23 Vanquish Phantom Energy Loads The “Kill A Watt” power meterfinds “phantom” loads and “vampire” appliancesshuts off appliances with one switch on a power strip or switched outletsPredicts your power usage and bill!
24 Energy Star Upgrades Should I buy a new appliance? The easiest thing to do is check the age of your appliances – 1992 or older?Refrigerators – % of your electricity!Make sure when you are buying a new appliance that it is Energy Star rated
25 The Dollar Breakdown Inefficient Household Heat loss Standard thermostatEnergy LeaksPoor insulationElectricity wastedIncandescent light bulbsPhantom loads“Bachelor Fridge”Inefficient, old appliancesEfficient HouseholdHeat efficientProgrammable thermostatLeaks are plugged upProper insulationElectricity savedCFL light bulbsPower stripsEnergy Star appliances
26 Profitability of Low-Cost Energy Efficiency Upgrades Annual Bill SavingsSimple Payback (yrs)ROIIncreasing Thermostat One Degree in SummerFREE$6Instant!600%Lowering Thermostat One Degree in Winter$3300%Sealing Leaks$40$1500.26375%Power Strip$30$1200.25400%Replacing One Light with CFL$4$90.45225%Turning Off One Light to Use Daylight$111100%TOTAL$74$3110.24420%Source: Calculations based on Energy Star savings estimates.26
27 Profitability of Energy Efficiency Upgrades Purchase PriceAnnual Bill SavingsSimple Payback (yrs)ROIDuct Sealing$250$952.641%ENERGY STAR Clothes Washer$194$662.937%ENERGY STAR Programmable Thermostat$107$293.730%Water Heater Tank Wrap (R-12)$85$2328%ENERGY STAR Refrigerator$974.227%ENERGY STAR Heat Pump$692$1265.519%ENERGY STAR Dishwasher$518%Increase wall and attic insulation$1,784$11116.18%TOTAL$3,960$5976.616%Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Home Energy Savers. “The Profitability of Energy Efficiency Upgrades.”
28 $$ Rebates & Financing $$ Rebates and financing can make being more energy efficient even more cost efficientFinding all the rebates can be difficult, getting the right contractor can make it easy
29 [Local Financing Options] [Include information about city or utility programs that allow you to take out low-interest loans for energy efficiency financing]
30 Weatherization[Include information on the low-income weatherization options for your community]30
31 Rebates[Include information on city, state, or utility rebates for energy efficiency upgrades]
32 Brought to you by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act… Federal Tax Credit - 30% of the cost up to $1500Windows, Insulation, SealingCentral Air, Heat Pump, Furnace/BoilerGeothermal Pump/Solar Water Heater-30% of the cost up to $2000Biomass Fuel Stoves- $300 CreditSmall Wind- 30% of the cost up to $4000
33 Going Beyond Your Home… Host a house partyArrange a competition among your neighborsPool your energy savings for a partyInfiltrate your PTA, kids’ sports teams33
34 Going Beyond Your Neighborhood… AdvocateFor programs that will make it an easy choice for any building owner or tenant to make energy efficiency investmentsWhat’s needed:FinancingBilling/Financing RepaymentFundingQuality Assurance StandardsTransparency of energy performanceHow to get involvedHmmm maybe through the Sierra Club?34
35 Resources to Get Started Sierra Club Green Home