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

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

Walking the Talk: Saved $530+

Nearly four years ago my husband and I bought our house, a ranch home with ‘character’. It turns out that in this case “character” meant wild fluctuations in our electricity consumption and some troublesome heating issues (we’ll get to the heating issues in next month’s newsletter). In the last three and a half years, we’ve made energy improvements, specifically to electricity. Saving energy is quite literally my job so I decided to track the results. So where are we? Do you see that flat line from May ’15 on? This means we’ve lowered and stabilized our electricity use significantly. That’s a [...]

By | January 26th, 2017|Energy Efficiency, Staff|0 Comments