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 [...]
March is REAP Membership Season! Interested in sitting at the right table? Add your name to REAP’s 80+ entity membership list! REAP is a non-profit coalition composed of members from four constituent groups (utility, business, non-profit and At-Large). REAP member entities elected a 21-person Board. Contact Piper to learn more about the benefits of membership.
If you haven’t already, please check out my post last month to find out how my husband and I are saving over $500/year in electricity costs! Photo Credit: Tim Leach Heating, however, has posed a larger problem for us. Heating in Alaska accounts for 65 – 77% of your home’s energy usage – the single largest energy expense. At our house, it’s even higher. While the previous owners took advantage of the Home Energy Rebate Program (which created more than 1300 jobs in Alaska!), they added some insulation but left us much more to do. Fortunately Alaska Housing [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]