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Schools Saving Energy in Simple Ways

A New York Times article writes that school districts are embracing energy conservation in an effort to meet budget shortfalls. By turning off lights, unplugging appliances not in use and installing energy efficient equipment, school districts are finding ways to reduce energy footprints and increase efficiency of our nation’s schools. School district conservation efforts are paying off as some report

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Where We Use the Most Power

Heating and cooling, typically the largest energy users in homes and businesses Appliances, especially refrigerators, dishwashers and dryers, which together account for about 20% of all energy used in homes Water heating, on average 9 percent of all energy used in the home Lighting, the largest energy user in the commercial sector and 9 percent of power used in homes

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http://vp.mgnetwork.net/viewer.swf?u=ee21a1b00de8102faba2001ec92a4a0d&z=SLS&embed_player=1 This is a news clip from WSLS (channel 10) in Roanoke, Va: Researchers at Virginia Tech using renewable energy for bridge inspections (Source: http://vp.mgnetwork.net/)

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To Find an Energy Efficiency Contractor:

Ask your friends and neighbors for references Make sure to use licensed contractors only – The Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) has compiled a list of building Energy Auditors who do business in Virginia. EPA recommends finding certified auditors at the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET). You can also see if the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program

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How a Large V.A. Manufacturer Slashed Energy Costs–Keeping Jobs and Operations in the U.S.

The Volvo Trucks New River Valley (NRV) plant, located in Dublin, Virginia, is the company’s largest truck manufacturing facility in the world. They’re also the largest employer in southwest Virginia, with about 2,200 employees. In December 2009, they joined the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Save Energy Now LEADER initiative, which called on manufacturers to take a pledge to reduce their facilities’ energy intensity

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How To Locate Air Leaks Inside

First, find obvious drafts and make a list so you can plug later with caulk or weather stripping. (The potential energy savings from reducing drafts in a home may range from 5% to 30% per year). Other places to check for potential airflow: Electrical outlets Switch plates Window frames Baseboards Weather stripping around doors Fireplace dampers Attic hatches Wall- or

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