REAP Newsletter: Energy Awareness Month, Clean Energy Forum, and MORE!
October is Energy Awareness Month and here at REAP we are celebrating with a lot of great projects and events. On Wednesday, October 10th we'll be hosting a Clean Energy Forum on saving energy and money in commercial buildings. We are also kicking off the 2nd Annual Great Alaska Energy Challenge this month, and encourage businesses and other commercial building managers to participate. There's more information below, so please read on!
2012-2013 Clean Energy Lecture Series
Join us on Wednesday, October 10th for another installment of our 2012-2013 Clean Energy Lecture Series. This FREE event will focus on measures commercial building owners and managers can take to conserve energy and be more efficient. Amber McDonough of Siemens Industry, Inc will discuss the benefits of getting a commercial energy audit and implementing the efficiency measures it identifies. John Weddleton of BOSCO'S Comics will talk about the energy retrofits he has made to his own commercial warehouse as well as the challenges he has faced to conserve energy in his rented space.
For more information about this and other Clean Energy Forums go to our website - www.REalaska.org ____________________________________________
2nd Annual Great Alaska Energy Challenge
REAP and Alaska Energy Authority are challenging residents to lower their energy use during the 2nd annual Great Alaska Energy Challenge. The contest goes from October to March (when energy bills are at their highest) and is open to businesses and other commercial buildings. Last year participants saved a combined $40,000 on their utility bills! Click HERE for more information and last year's Challenge results. For contest rules and registration, contact Shaina Kilcoyne, REAP Energy Efficiency Director.
A Special Thank You to
Kayak Adventures Worldwide
REAP would like to recognize our Tour Green partners Kayak Adventures Worldwide in Seward for their ongoing support of REAP's energy education work with students around the state. This summer KAW raised over $3,000 in customer donations to support these programs! Many thanks for a job well done!
REAP Brings AK EnergySmart to Communities and Classrooms Around the State
REAP Staff, along with our partners at the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) at UAF, have been busy over the last few months bringing the new AK EnergySmart K-12 energy efficiency curriculum to school districts across the state. In August and September we hosted visits in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Dillingham, Bethel, Barrow, Kotzebue, Nome, and Juneau.
If you work at a school and are looking for ideas on how to engage students in energy issues during October's Energy Awareness Month, contact Courtney Munson about the possibility of scheduling an AK EnergySmart classroom visit or teacher informational session.
Click HERE to see more photos of the students at work!
Second grade students in Barrow explored how Alaska animals (and humans!) stay warm as a way to discover animal and human adaptations to our environment.
Middle school students in Nome test the wattage of an iPad using a Kill-a-Watt meter.
Fire Island Up and Running
As of last week, the Fire Island Wind project is now up and running. This is great news for Southcentral residents as the 11-turbine wind farm will generate four percent of Chugach Electric Association's power. That's enough electricity to power about 4,000 homes on the Railbelt!
Congratulations to Fire Island Wind and CIRI on this great accomplishment!
New energy Consumer Resources
Available for Alaskans
AHFC, along with Cold Climate Housing Research Center and Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP), just released some great energy consumer resources for Alaska residents. These resources were created to help Alaskans understand AHFC's Building Energy Efficiency Standard (BEES) and how it applies to their own homes. Check out their Energy Efficiency Checklist and their Home Energy Code Guide to learn how you could save over $1,800 on energy bills each year!