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Energy$aver Blog

Learn More About Alexandria's Residential Energy Saver Loan and Northern Virginia Home Performance with Energy Star

by Bill Eger 15. May 2012 11:20


Presents

 

Residential Energy Saver Loan & Home Performance with Energy Star

Saturday June 16th, 2012 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

City Hall, 301 King Street, Sister Cities Confernece Room 1101

 

The City of Alexandria invisted members of the public to attend the eigth Eco-City Alexandria Green Building and Energy Conservation Workshop.  The workshop will provide an overview of the City's newly released Energy Saver Loan, Northern Virginia Home Performance with Energy Star, and energy audit pilot programs.  Door prizes will be awarded.  For more information on the workshop and green building initiatives, please visit www.alexandriava.gov/GBRC.  Participants are encouraged to RSVP by email to erica.bannerman@alexandriava.gov.

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Take Advantage of the Washington Gas Energy-Efficiency Rebate Program

by Bill Eger 15. May 2012 11:05

While supplies last, Washington Gas customers residing in the Virginia service territory can receive rebates for installing energy efficient water heaters, programmable thermostats, natural gas boilers, and for having a home system check-up. Equipment installation and services must be performed by a qualified HVAC contractor on or after May 1, 2012. All services must be rendered no later than April 30, 2013. For more information on the program, please contact Roger Moffatt, Washington Gas Energy Efficiency Program Manager at 703-750-7706 or visit www.washingtongasrebates.com.

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Dominion Virginia Power Begins Electric Vehicle Charging Pilot Program

by Bill Eger 5. October 2011 09:24

Dominion Virginia Power Begins Electric Vehicle Charging Pilot Program

Electric vehicles on Virginia roads may be becoming more a reality than a prospect for the future.  Dominion Virginia Power announced Monday the beginning of a three (3) year pilot program to both test how customers charge their electric vehicles and to support Virginia’s growing electric vehicle market.  Dominion will offer special pricing plans for those customers charging their electric vehicles at their households overnight during off-peak periods.

For more information, visit Dominion Virginia Power’s Electric Vehicle website.

 

As Virginians move towards operating more electric vehicles on the roadway, we are collectively making strides towards reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, reducing dependence on foreign fossil fuel resources, and making an investment in America’s growing clean energy economy.

Want to learn more about electric vehicles or other alternative fuel vehicles? Visit the US Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicles Data Center.

 

Book Recommendation:

Future Drive: Electric Vehicles and Sustainable Transportation

By Daniel Sperling

175 pages

Island Press (1995)

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Green Operations for Retail, Restaurants, and Small Offices

by Bill Eger 5. October 2011 07:39

In Partnership with:

          

 

Green Operations for Retail, Restaurants, and Small Offices

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 7:30 a.m – 9:30 a.m.

The Lyceum, 201 South Washington St. Alexandria, Virginia 22314

 

This City of Alexandria in partnership with the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association, and the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership invites business owners and other interested members of the public to attend the Green Operations for Retail, Restaurants, and Small Offices workshop. This workshop will provide local businesses with the basics on how to save operating costs, increase comfort for employees and customers, and gain an eco-friendly marketing advantage, while lowering energy and water bills, reducing waste, and creating healthier indoor environments.  The featured presenter is Jerry Lawson, National Manager, ENERGY STAR Small Business & Congregations Network, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as local businesses that have adopted green practices. Participants are encouraged to RSVP by email to erica.bannerman@alexandriava.gov.

 

Information and Agenda: GBworkshop#6flyerfinal.pdf (116.76 kb)

 

Visit the Green Building Resource Center to learn more about green building efforts in the City.

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Green Roof Construction Begins at City Hall

by Bill Eger 8. August 2011 08:05

 

Over the next couple of months, 19th-century Alexandria City Hall will be getting a 21st-century update. The City is installing vegetative “green” roofing on the East and West courtyard structures of City Hall, funded by a grant received through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program. The green roofing, which will be visible from City Hall’s second floor, will provide an aesthetically pleasing view into the courtyard. 

While the new roof is sure to brighten up the building’s exterior, City Hall will benefit in many other ways.  The green roof will reduce City Hall’s energy consumption and costs, decrease storm water runoff, and provide a more fiscally responsible extension of the roof’s life span.

The green roof construction begins today with improvements being made to the structures supporting the new roofing.  Installation of the roofing foundation and vegetation will begin in September, and the project is scheduled for completion in October.

 

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Green Building Outreach Program Workshop Series

by Bill Eger 15. July 2011 12:04

Green Building Outreach Program Workshop Series

Thank you to everyone for taking time to participate in the City of Alexandria's Green Building Outreach Program workshop series.  Staff is excited to announce that you may now view presentations, handouts, and video recordings of the first four (4) workshops at the City's virtual Green Building Resource Center (http://www.alexandriava.gov/gbrc/).  Materials can be found under the Resources section of the website.  Available workshops include:

 

  1. Greening Your Home and Small Business
  2. Energy Auditing for Your Home and Small Business
  3. Green Landscaping for You and the Chesapeake Bay
  4. Green + Historic: The Best of Both
The City of Alexandria Green Building Resource Center helps citizens and business owners reduce their environmental footprint and operating costs by offering solutions to design, build, and maintain their properties and space in an eco-friendly way.  Please contact Erica Bannerman erica.bannerman@alexandriava.gov for questions or suggestions.


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UPCOMING WORKSHOP:  SAVE THE DATE 

Renewable Energy Systems and Green Power

Saturday September 24th, 2011

9 AM - 12:30 PM

James K. Polk Elementary School

5000 Polk Avenue

Alexandria, Virginia 22304

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A Climate to Consider

by Bill Eger 25. March 2011 11:26

You have to admit, we live in a really great city.  What more could you ask?  Vibrant historical and business districts, bright and well-educated citizens, a unique mix of large urban amenities and small town community, and a commitment to environmental quality and healthy living.  Alexandria is a great city, indeed.

Though I will say, climate change and its potential impact on the city of Alexandria is a precarious threat.  A threat the City of Alexandria takes seriously.  Whether it be a future of warmer and/or colder weather patterns, greater frequency and severity of rain and snow events, and/or potential impacts to environmental quality and healthy living, it’s the City’s responsibility to lead our beloved Alexandria to a happy, healthy, and thriving future. 

The City of Alexandria and the Environmental Policy Commission (EPC) recently issued its draft Energy and Climate Action Plan (eCAP) identifying the actions the City will take to mitigate impacts of a changing climate to our community and ways Alexandria can adapt for future generations to enjoy.  Learn more about the Energy and Climate Action Plan by attending an Open House on Saturday March 26th, 2011 from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM at Polk Elementary School.  Contribute to the discussion of how Alexandria should take action for a changing climate and learn more about the actions you can take in your own household.  And while you’re at it, stay around for awhile, the City will be providing a tour of Polk’s “state of the art” green building features and renewable energy systems.   

 

Book Recommendations:

 

Climatopolis: How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter Future

Matthew E. Kahn

288 Pages

Basic Books (September 7, 2010)

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An Audit to Get Excited About

by Bill Eger 18. March 2011 11:55

We know its tax season.  And anytime the word “audit” is thrown around this time of year there may be a moment of anxiety.  But fear not, we’re not talking about THAT type of audit.  We’re talking about a Home Energy Audit. 

 

If you’re like me, you’re interested in lowering your home energy bill and reducing your impact on Alexandria’s environment.  We turn off our lights when leaving a room, turn down (or up depending on the time of year) our thermostat temperature when leaving the home for the day, and take shorter showers as means to cut those utility payments.  These actions take us a long way, but again if you’re like me, you want to know how to go further.    

 

One of the best ways to take that next step is to have a Home Energy Audit performed on your household.  Whether it be to identify where those pesky drafts and leaks may exist or finding out whether or not your air conditioner needs tuning or replacement, a comprehensive home energy audit is a great way to start finding opportunities to reduce your energy costs. 

 

Don’t know where to start with a Home Energy Audit?  Don’t fret.  The City of Alexandria is here to bring you up to speed.  Come learn the “ins and outs” of Home Energy Audits from regional experts at the City of Alexandria’s Green Building Workshop “Energy Audits for your Home and Small Business” on Saturday March 19th, 2011 from 9 AM – 12:30 PM at the Charles E. Beatly, Jr Central Library, Community Meeting Room (5005 Duke Street; Alexandria, VA 22304).

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Taking Measurement by Way of the Library

by Bill Eger 16. March 2011 10:51

How many people can honestly say they know how much electricity their television uses?  What about a  home computer, or microwave?  Even with the burgeoning installation of smart meters coupled with utility companies that provide more and better access to data, consumers are still largely uncertain about how much energy their households consume   

 

William Thomson (a.k.a. Lord Kelvin)—the 1900’s pre-eminent British engineer and scientist—is oft-quoted as saying “you can’t manage what you can’t measure.”  If you don’t have complete and accurate information on how much electricity the activities and appliances in your household are consuming, it is extremely difficult to take any meaningful action to reduce your household’s electricity costs.

 

But fear not, the City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Library have teamed up to help Alexandria residents measure their household electricity use.  With library card in hand, pay a visit to your local Alexandria library branch and check out a Kill-a-WattTM meter.  This simple device provides an easy way to measure the elusive electricity those electronics and appliances are consuming.  Simply plug in the Kill-a-WattTM meter; plug in your computer, DVD player, microwave, or any other electronic device to find out how much electricity is flowing.

 

Kill-a-WattTM Meter

 

And while you’re at the library, why not browse around and check out a book? Turn off the television, curl up with a good read, and save a little on your electricity costs too! 

 

Book Recommendation:

The Grid: A Journey Through the Heart of Our Electrified World

By Phillip F. Schewe

320 pages

Joseph Henry Press (December 1, 2006)

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Welcome to the Eco-City Alexandria · Energy$aver Blog!

by Bill Eger 15. March 2011 06:25

The City of Alexandria is a vibrant, diverse, historic, and beautiful city, with unique neighborhoods and multiple urban villages in which all of us take pride.  Residents, businesses, and City government are active participants in keeping our community healthy and sustainable for generations to come. 

The Eco-City Alexandria Energy$aver blog expands this commitment to our vibrant community by promoting our strong economy and healthy environment.  As an extension to the Environmental Action Plan (EAP) 2030, the City of Alexandria provides this blog to deliver information and commentary to raise energy awareness, encourage energy saving opportunities for your home and workplace, and to discuss actions the City is taking to promote energy savings in its own operations and in the community.  From time to time, the blog will even discuss geeky new technologies or innovative thinking relevant to the future of the Alexandria community.

We encourage the Alexandria community to comment on blog posts, submit their own successful energy cost reduction tips, and recommend topics for blog discussions.  And while you’re here, feel free to provide us with constructive feedback. Let’s share ideas to make this great community even better!

 

Eco-City Alexandria

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About the Blog
The Eco-City Alexandria Energy$aver blog promotes energy awareness to the City of Alexandria, VA community.

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Bill Eger is the Energy Manager for the City of Alexandria, VA.

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