10 posts categorized "Renewable Energy"
High utility bills? Grab the reins and take control of the electricity you use by identifying where your energy dollars are going. Learn how much electricity your loads are using!
What’s a Load?
A load is anything in an electrical circuit that when the circuit is turned on draws power from the circuit. A load can be an air conditioner, a water heater, a computer, a clock radio, a TV – anything in your house that uses electricity!
Of course not all loads use the same amount of electricity. Per hour a TV will use less electricity than an air conditioner. Per hour a 4 watt clock radio will use less electricity than a water heater.
To determine how many watts each of your loads uses, reference the manual or search for the label on the air conditioner, water heater, computer, clock radio or TV. Most likely the label will have a watt number on it. If you only see the amps and the volts, don’t worry. The percentage of watts can be determined by multiplying the volts times the amps. P(watts)=E(volts)xI(amps).
What’s a watt-hour (Wh)?
Load use is measured in watt-hours.
A (Wh) is a quantity of electrical energy when one watt is used for one hour. For example: a 4 watt clock radio uses 4 watts an hour. A 3500 watt (2.5 ton) central air conditioner uses 3500 watts an hour. A large 1440 watt window unit AC unit uses 1400 watts an hour.
For those of us living in the Big Easy air conditioning consumes the majority of the household electricity we use. You could then say it uses the most watts per hour. Therefore air conditioning warrants the most attention. Water heating usually consumes the second largest amount of watts per hour. Lighting usually comes in third.
Understanding loads and the amount of watts they use can help you adjust your habits and save you money. Take control of your utility bills! Grab the reins, learn your loads, know your watts and make your home work for you - not the other way around.
Homeowner Loye Ruckman became the 114th member of the Radiant Nine today by taking advantage of the CSED's Radiant Barrier Program. Vincent Fedeli, CSED Energy Efficiency Coordinator, assisted by George Washington Law School student volunteers Katie Stoughton and Ana Jara, installed radiant barrier in Mr. Ruckman's attic. Learn more about this program available for all Lower 9th Ward property owners: Download RB Program
The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force has released its final strategy (PDF) for long term ecosystem restoration for the Gulf Coast, following extensive feedback from citizens throughout the region. EPA Administrator and Task Force Chair Lisa P. Jackson, joined by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Jane Lubchenco, Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, and USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Harris Sherman, made the announcement today during keynote remarks at the 2011 State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit in Houston.
The Task Force delivered the final strategy on Friday, Dec. 2 to President Barack Obama, who established the Task Force by executive order to continue the Administration’s ongoing commitment to the Gulf region.
The strategy is the first restoration blueprint ever developed for the Gulf with the full involvement of all of the essential parties throughout the region, including the states, tribes, federal agencies, local governments and thousands of involved citizens and organizations. The plan represents a commitment by all parties to continue to work together in an unprecedented collaboration to prepare the Gulf region to transition from response to recovery and address the decades-long decline that the Gulf’s ecosystem has endured. READ MORE >>
Did you know that New Orleans is one of 25 Solar America Cities nationally? Launched in 2007, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) designated the Crescent City and other major metrolitan areas for financial and technical assistance to help develop comprehensive approaches for increasing solar energy use. DOE just came out with a special report on progress made to date for New Orleans, and the challenges and opportunities going forward, titled Solar in Action. The report also highlights efforts to educate and train a solar workforce, to streamline the permitting process, city-wide net metering rules, and more.
The Lower Ninth Ward features a growing number of rooftop solar arrays - thanks to a generous donation by Sharp Solar in 2007 to nine Holy Cross homeowners plus Lower 9th Ward NENA. In addition, Global Green's Holy Cross Project and the Make It Right Project feature dozens of solar arrays to generate electricity for homeowners in the Lower 9.
Go to Solar America Communities for more information on this important initiative.
Global Green Hosts Special VIP Reception and Clean Energy/Green Economy Forum in support of 5 years of green leadership in New Orleans
Global Green USA is hosting a special GREEN 100 VIP cocktail reception on October 27 with Wendell Pierce at Second Line Stages, the nation's first certified Green Independent Film Studio. This invitation-only intimate cocktail reception will feature more than 100 local green economy leaders and Global Green supporters celebrating our achievements in New Orleans and on the Gulf Coast. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here: NOLA GREEN 100 Reception
On the morning of October 28, Global Green USA proudly partners with The Idea Village to present a Clean Energy/Green Economy Forum at historic Kingsley House in the Lower Garden District.This event will mark the next step in our work to help create a sustainable economic and environmental future for the region. We will introduce the 2012 Water Challenge entrepreneurial class, which The Idea Village is managing with the support of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, and will host a dialogue on clean energy and green businesses that are investing in the region with business leaders from throughout New Orleans and the Gulf region. Participants will explore how to help attract and incubate green businesses and economic opportunities in cities along the Gulf Coast, and engage in discussions of model policies and local success stories, including Stion Solar, Golden Leaf Energy, Green Coast Enterprises, and Free Flow Power.
Green Forum registration is $50, with discounted registration of $25 for non profits. Interested in attending? Please visit our website here: Green Forum for more information and to purchase tickets. RSVPs requested by October 24th. Join us and support Global Green in New Orleans!
A pool of $15 million in low-interest loans will be available to New Orleans homeowners looking to improve energy efficiency and reduce utility bills under a program announced Friday by Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "I am dedicated to help make New Orleans one of America's greenest cities,'' Landrieu said during a news conference where he outlined the "NOLA Wise" initiative to provide thousands of locals with a road map for the home improvement process from start to finish.
After completing an initial home examination to determine how much energy is being wasted, program managers will give homeowners an inventory of suggested upgrades and help secure cash incentives and loans, if needed, to make the changes. Those could include caulking windows, replacing appliances and adding insulation. If an energy savings of 15 percent or more is achieved, homeowners could be eligible to add solar panels.
The program also will provide trained and certified contractors to do the work and monitor their performance. READ MORE >>
Entergy Offers 'SmartView' to Qualified Customers: Smart meter test program can help control energy usage
Customers of Entergy New Orleans, Inc. will soon receive tools to help reduce their energy usage while saving them money on their electric bills thanks to the work of the utility and the U.S. Department of Energy.Partially funded by a $5 million stimulus federal grant, the test program named SmartView is placing smart meters and other equipment in the homes of up to 7,400 customers in New Orleans – at no additional charge.
Beginning this summer, Entergy New Orleans will test smart meters, also known as Advanced Meter Infrastructure or AMI. The cutting-edge technology provides near real-time energy usage information in the convenience of the customer’s home.
“We encourage customers to take advantage of this unique opportunity that’s aimed at giving them more control over their energy usage and lowering home energy costs,” said Charles L. Rice Jr., president and chief executive officer of Entergy New Orleans, Inc. “It’s also an exciting opportunity for Entergy to test new options for energy management and to better understand the impact that smart grid technology has on our customers.”
Entergy New Orleans will partner with qualified customers and provide them with easy-to-use tools, training and information at no additional costs. Participants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis, and registration is limited. Qualified participants must be Entergy New Orleans residential electric customers with active accounts since Jan. 1, 2010 and meet specific household income requirements.
For more information, call Entergy New Orleans toll free at 1-855-33-SMART (1-855-337-6278), visit the EntergyNew OrleansCustomerCareCenter at 3400 Canal St. in person or visit entergy-neworleans.com/smartview.