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Announcing the Value Your Power University Contest

Although studying and getting a great education is hopefully the most important thing for Virginia’s college students, Virginia Energy Sense also knows competition between schools and a good ol’ fashion school rivalry is a close second. In honor of October Energy Awareness Month, Virginia Energy Sense is hosting a “Value Your Power” contest for students and staff of all Virginia

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Alexandria Company Helps Nearby Community Save Energy

Not only do Virginians take their power seriously but they are also showing nearby residents how they can value their power. Alexandria-based Continuum Energy Solutions is working with a Silver Spring, Maryland townhome community to weatherize seven homes. From upgrading insulation to filling cracks in walls and ceilings, the community is eager to save energy as the weather turns cooler. 

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Blacksburg to Hold Sustainability Week, Help Residents Save Money and Energy

Virginia residents are taking energy savings to heart. Blacksburg and Virgina Tech are holding Sustainability Week this week (September 18-24) to highlight conservation and renewable energy “programs and practices throughout our community and on the VT campus.” Residents will have a variety of opportunities to learn about sustainability and gain tips and practices through workshops, lectures and other activities throughout

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Cool Consumer Incentives

As summer comes to a close, there’s still time to reap the benefits of cool tax credits for making your home an energy efficient haven. Both state and federal energy efficiency programs encourage homeowners to take advantage of purchase and improvement incentives that will save consumers money down the road and deliver significant energy savings. A number of Virginia Departments

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UVA Students Suggest Ways to Make Carr’s Hill More Energy Efficient

UVA Students Suggest Ways to Make Carr’s Hill More Energy Efficient

Students at the University of Virginia are putting their architecture knowledge to use in green ways. As part of a summer architecture course, students suggested ways Carr’s Hill could run more efficiently. Simple and inexpensive steps such as installing pocket doors and making the shutters operable again will help prevent heat from escaping from the home of UVA’s president. Read

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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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