Project Green Light Energy Conservation Program 121 Third Avenue West, Suite 4 Hendersonville, NC 28792 828-692-0385www.eco-wnc.org
PRESENTATION Why Project Green Light Project Green Light Overview Handouts Enrollment and Getting Started
A FEW REASONS TO CONSERVE ENERGY WHY PROJECT GREEN LIGHT? Air Pollution 15,000 Premature Deaths Occur Nationwide Annually due to Fine Particle Pollution Mountaintop Removal in West Virginia 2500 Tons of Explosives are used daily in Appalachia to mine coal.
Plant Damage “If you see ozone damaging living tissue here on this plant it kind of makes you wonder what it’s doing to your lungs.” - Jim Renfro, Air Quality
Carbon Emissions Per Person 0.25 World Average 0.24 2.72 5.60 0.53 2.40 2.40 WHY PROJECT GREEN LIGHT? 6 5 4 3 Tons of Carbon, per person 2 1 0 U.S. Russia E.U. Japan China India Africa Sources: World Resources Institute Underlying data source: U.S. DOE, Energy Information Administration, InternationalEnergy Annual 1999. Notes: Shows carbon emissions associated with fossil fuel combustion.
WHY PROJECT GREEN LIGHT? Coal based electricity generations continues to increase From NY Times article “Is America Ready to Quit Coal?”
A grass roots effort to get congregations of faith and community organizations involved in taking responsibility for the energy usage in their homes. Organizations participating in start up: First Congregational Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception Trinity Presbyterian Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville New Creation Church Project Green Light
INDIVIDUALS SET THEIR ENERGY SAVING GOALS – Take the Pledge, sign up and select energy saving categories Step 1 IDENTIFY WHAT TO DO – Home Energy Inspections; Attend workshops, Handouts Step 2 MAKE CHANGES – Change habits; Make changes yourself; Get a professional Step 3 MONITOR YOUR RESULTS Project Green Light Overview
YESNO Energy bills that exceed $200 on any given month Un-insulated attics, walls, floors, air ducts, water pipes A heat/cool system that has not had annual tune-ups Air machinery that runs, and runs, and runs Air ducts that are in the attic, garage, or crawl space Issues such as mold, dust, odors, summer dampness, winter dryness Project Green Light How Do I Know If I’m Wasting Energy • The more YES answers you have: • The more energy savings there is to be gained • The more likely a home energy inspection will help
Project Green Light What to Change • Changing habits can be the least expensive way to save energy. • Don't let your heating and cooling get away - weatherization and duct sealing can save 5 to 20%. • Using less hot water makes for big savings
Local professionals are helping participants of Project Green Light achieve real reductions in home energy use safely and cost effectively. They will: Come to your house to conduct a Project Green Light Home Energy Inspection Provide you with a written summary of the inspection Help you understand the findings and answer questions Help you identify and prioritize your best energy-savings measures Professional Home Energy Inspections
Inspection uses a House as a System approach This method considers how foundation, walls, windows, roof, insulation, furnace, air conditioner, ducts, hot water heater, and pipes work together to fulfill your needs Can require to crawling inch-by-inch into the recesses of your house to discover and verify its inner workings Professional Home Energy Inspections
Project Green Light Previous Workshops • The Green, the Bad and the Ugly • Uncovering hidden energy issues • Investing in Your Home • The cost of making changes or doing nothing • Insulation • Amounts, Types and Safety
Project Green Light Upcoming Workshops and Exhibits Second Annual Earth Day Energy Expo Blue Ridge Community College April 25, 2009 from 10 to 3
HANDOUTS Why Project Green Light Pledge/Sign up/Interest areas Selecting Energy Saving Categories How do I know if I’m wasting energy Home Energy Inspection/Inspectors DO IT NOW List Energy Usage Recording Form
Enrollment Take the Pledge I/WE pledge to reduce home energy consumption by at least ____% (minimum of 15%) Signature ______________________________ Signature _______________________________ Date ________________ Sign Up Fill in names and addresses, etc. How should Project Green Light contact you Preferred [ ] E mail [ ] Phone Other ___ Alternate [ ] E mail [ ] Phone Other ___
Enrollment continued Select categories for energy saving that you might use Habit changes Hot Water Weatherization Solar hot water Duct sealing Appliances House insulation Lighting Windows Entertainment & Computers New heating and AC Photovoltaic systems Wind power systems Solar & geothermal heating See handout for tips on selecting categories
CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION PROJECT GREEN LIGHT - ECO CONGRATULATIONS! _________(Insert Name)__________ Has agreed to join the Project Green Light challenge and will join with hundreds of other WNCers who are committed to living a more energy efficient life by cutting back at least 15% of your energy costs. ___________________________________ Name Date
TRACKING ENERGY USAGE Find Usage Record on Form
INCENTIVES OFFERED TO PARTICIPANTS • Discounts to Green Light participants from local green vendors • Educational materials and free workshops • Regular motivational activities to encourage continued participation • Email or telephone reminders to track bills and enter energy information.
New Tax Incentives Now Available ! Under the new Recovery & Reinvestment Act, consumers receive a federal tax credit of 30%, coupled with state tax credits, brings the final cost for a $20,000 voltaic cell system to less than $7000.
Tax Incentives Also Available for Solar Water Heater Applying the same tax incentives to Solar Hot Water brings an $11,000 unit down to as low as $4200.
Church Benefits For Investing in Green Energy Church members who donate toward their church’s renewable energy installations for the church building are eligible for NC Renewable Tax Credits.
TAKING THE NEXT STEPS • Make a commitment to be the “Earth Steward” at your congregation • Talk to your congregation about joining PROJECT GREEN LIGHT • Join ECO’s Energy Committee to discuss working with us on regional coordination on energy conservation.
Project Green Light : Energy Conservation Program 121 Third Avenue West, Suite 4 Hendersonville, NC 28792 828-692-0385www.eco-wnc.org