Top 10 tips to reduce energy use

Now that it's winter and utility bills are on the rise, we wanted to share the top 10 tips to reduce energy use at home, as well as a printable version that you can share with your friends! This list was developed by our coworkers over at AK EnergySmart, which has free K-12 lessons about energy. Eliminate “phantom loads.” Appliances use electricity even when they are “off.” Unplug devices when not in use or put them on a power strip that you can turn off. Use efficient lighting. Though initially more costly, light emitting diodes (LEDs) last up to 10 [...]

By | November 8th, 2017|Energy Education, Energy Efficiency|0 Comments

Top 10 ways to Go Green this school year

Note: This post was written by Energy Education Director Colleen Fisk and originally published on the AK EnergySmart website here. The ads for back to school have already started, so I wanted to put in my plug for choosing some green options in your school shopping and in the classroom for both parents and educators. I saw a challenge from a Colorado group where they were asking people to pledge to do 5 things to "go green" for the school year, which inspired me to think of ways that we can do that here in Alaska. Top 10 ways to [...]

By | August 16th, 2017|Energy Education|0 Comments

REcharge Academy

I spent last week in Fort Collins, Colorado at the Powerhouse Energy Campus taking a training called REcharge Academy with 25 other educators from areas throughout North America. We toured NREL's wind technology center, visited Vesta's blade manufacturing activities, and created fun stop motion movies about wind misconceptions all while learning some great lessons to teach wind and solar energy. One of the more successful "offshore" wind platforms (not mine), photo by REcharge Labs Some of the wind activities included making a sail car, designing turbine blades to test in a wind tunnel, building a MacGyver wind mill and [...]

By | July 26th, 2017|Energy Education, Staff|0 Comments

Senate Committee hearing

Chris Rose, executive director of REAP, just spoke to the US Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources about the potential for infrastructure improvements.  He was joined by other witnesses from around the State of Alaska to present to the Committee in Washington DC on how the infrastructure improvements could create jobs and reduce the cost of living in Alaska. During his 5-minute testimony and subsequent questioning, Chris emphasized the importance of creating a green bank to improve leverage of funding as well as the importance of energy efficiency first.  He also shared how Alaska is a leader around the world on [...]

By | March 30th, 2017|Energy Education, Staff|0 Comments

State Facilities Save Energy and Money

Great Alaska Energy Challenge releases mid-challenge results At the midpoint of the six-month Great Alaska Energy Challenge, participating state-owned facilities saved enough electricity to power 30 Anchorage homes for a year. The Great Alaska Energy Challenge, launched by Governor Bill Walker, challenges state employees to reduce energy consumption and save state resources. The voluntary competition runs from October 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017. At the three-month mark, three facilities led the way: Dillingham Public Health Center, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation’s Reka Drive Fourplex, and AHFC’s Bethel headquarters. Of the 36 participating facilities, more than half are Department of Health [...]

By | February 23rd, 2017|Energy Education, Energy Efficiency|0 Comments