Step 1: Increasing local energy awareness (Landing Page created 1/2/2011 updated 9/22/2014)
A) 50+ years ago at Airlie Farm (now Airlie Center) a select group of open-minded individuals brain stormed environmental issues facing our unique blue water planet - Mouse over top right photo for caption / click link for the history of how Earth Day concepts and strategies were born - From the Airlie web site (left click) ... Dr. Head advanced environmental leadership as a core priority at Airlie, both in the stewardship of the Center’s natural resources, and in the focus of Airlie programs. In 1969, Senator Gaylord Nelson met with students at Airlie to promote the concept of Earth Day, and returned to Airlie to commemorate the event in 1993 ... Reference: Earth Day (left click for Wikipedia)
B) Energized Fauquier Mid-Atlantic Region Results: Proven energy reductions in homes, businesses, organizations: 1) Fauquier County Public Schools saved 14% / $2.2M through a new energy conservation program Volunteer efforts / project history 2) Fauquier County Government saved $220,617 in 3 years - Results normalized for weather conditions 3) 5-bedroom home in Fairfax reduces kWh usage by 82% in <30 days 4) Marshall complex lowers energy use by 38% 5) Richmond residence (new tenants) increased heating costs up 50% before remedial training was put in place 6) Timeframes for these savings may vary but there were NO changes in HVAC systems and minimal (almost zero / building 7) ROI always positive
C) 40+ years of conservation: In the US, UK and Spain 75% of the increased demand for electricity since 1970 has come from conservation efforts (newest clean energy) - 25% from new power plant generation ... Reference: Madrid: Climate Strategy White Paper October 19 2010
D) 40+ years of progress: Root causes of energy conservation? 1) Technology including Energy Star appliances, more efficient HVAC, Energy Management Control Systems (EMCS), insulation, windows, architecture, LEED certification, building design ... 2) Rapidly increasing costs of power generation and grid maintenance cause end-users to find ways to lower electrical consumption - Dominion Virginia Power increased rates 18% in summer of 2009... 3) Environmental issues such as Mountain Top Removal (MTR) causing long term (1000 year) toxic waste problems, loss of habitat, loss of life ... 4) Renewable energy systems for power generation / heating / cooling such as solar, geothermal, wind, hydro, biomass ... 5) Utility ability to turn-off end-user HVAC equipment during periods of peak demand ... 6) Education, knowledge, concern 7) Non-profits-politics-EPA-DOE...
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Finite energy conservation / technical innovation has been active for over 40 years in the US, UK and Spain. You understand how your local electrical power is generated. You know more about your local energy culture and environment. You see opportunities for saving money through energy conservation. You know that reducing energy usage in ANY building makes a collective difference and that 99.96% of the US population uses grid-based electrical power generated from finite (coal, oil, natural gas, propane) fuels for heating / cooling homes and businesses.
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