Exciting things are going on in Connecticut, where the Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge is gearing up in 14 towns across the state. The Challenge – a Department of Energy-backed BetterBuildings efficiency program – will help Connecticut residents cut their energy waste by 20% over the next few years.
On Thursday, the program is launching Neighbor to Neighbor Lighting, a free program that will replace incandescent bulbs with CFLs in eligible homes. For free! (Did we mention that it’s free?) Homeowners will be left with the card above,
which breaks down their energy and cost savings and directs them to places where they can recycle broken or burnt-out CFLs.
Seth Leitman, author of “Green Lighting,” will be on hand for the launch event, which will take place from 6 – 7:30 p.m. on the campus of Eastern Connecticut State University. Register here to watch the event live: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/548053430
Learn more at www.ctenergychallenge.com.
Cake – the band, not the delicious food – recorded their new album at a studio powered 100% by solar. Above is a video of the array’s installation, giving an inkling of the band’s motivation and interest in solar technology.
More about the band and their green cred, from the Department of Energy’s blog:
In an interview with the Sacramento News and Review, lead vocalist and guitarist John McCrea says the all-solar recorded album has had an emotionally positive effect on the band, who are longtime environmental enthusiasts. They give away a tree at every show, encourage fans to carpool to concerts, use a water filter on the road to mitigate the use of water bottles and link to items about the environment and public policies on their website. The photovoltaic bonus element came to their roof a few years ago, and the band encourages others to go solar, as well.
Read more on Energy.gov.
Bad news for lovers of clean air and governmental stewardship of the environment, via the Associated Press:
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Remember President Kennedy’s famous line about the space race? ‘We choose to go to the moon in this decade – not because it is easy … but because it is hard.’
Business people of America, we should have a chat. As you and I both know, it’s going to take more than political pronouncements to expand the clean energy marketplace. It’s going to take community-specific outreach campaigns, showing real Americans how and why renewable energy makes sense for their wallets and as an investment in their homes. And how producing clean energy from solar or wind will pay off a thousand times over, letting them hedge against the uncertainties of resource scarcity and rising traditional energy costs.
From “How Do We Get to 80 Percent Clean Energy?”, Huffington Post, Jan. 28, 2011