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COMMERCIAL USAGE REDUCTION

r e s o u r c e s:

  1. flex your power

a c t i o n s:

  1. use task lighting
  2. turn off overhead lights and take advantage of daylight. overhead lights during the day are generally an unnecessary use of energy. access to individual task lights and daylight provide ample light and reduce energy consumption.
  3. individually controlled mechanical systems and operable windows. workers will tolerate temperature better when they know they have control over their own personal environment.
  4. efficient mechanical systems. don’t oversize equipment. REDUCE lighting and auxiliary heat loads first.

ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES

r e s o u r c e s:

  1. passive house institute – the most ambitious energy program
  2. energy star certification
  3. leed for homes
  4. national association of home builders national green building standard
  5. earthcraft green building program
  6. federal tax credits for energy efficiency

a c t i o n s:

EFFICIENCY FIRST!

r e s o u r c e s:

a c t i o n s:

  1. weatherize your windows with weatherstripping, caulk or install Energy Star replacement windows insulate existing walls, insulate air seal around windows, gaps, basements, etc.
  2. conduct a home energy audit, Chesapeake Passive House, TerraLogos Home Services, GreenSpring Energy, EcoBeco
  3. broker a group rate on neighborhood energy audits
  4. install an energy recovery ventilator

REDUCE ELECTRIC DEMAND

r e s o u r c e s:

  1. energy star appliances
  2. natural daylight
  3. BGE smart energy

a c t i o n s:

  1. install efficient heating and cooling systems such as geothermal or variable speed fans
  2. use efficient lighting, fluorescent, LED bulbs
  3. track energy prices + your energy use with the “energy joule” from ambient devices

RENEWABLE ENERGY

r e s o u r c e s:

  1. solar hot water
  2. american wind energy association
  3. state incentives for renewable energy, maryland, all states
  4. geothermal

a c t i o n s:

  1. create renewable energy coops, clean currents and sign your community up for the Green Neighborhood Challenge and Baltimore City’s Neighborhood Energy Challenge
  2. purchase greentags, WindCurrent, Clean Currents
  3. install solar electric panels, solar hot water GreenSpring, Aurora Energy
  4. install wind turbines
  5. use geothermal for heating + cooling, Love’s Geothermal, GroundLoop, Slater Wells
  6. hydrogen power

1 Comment

  John Hummer wrote @

Great site! Alot of information and or where to get it all in one spot.
Thanks!


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