Although not often considered as exciting as implementing new renewable energy sources, energy efficiency is important and effective in meeting the nation’s energy needs and, also, our personal home energy requirements. As Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute states, a “negawatt” (a watt not used) is power saved by increasing efficiency or reducing consumption.
The area’s electric utility, Tucson Electric Power (TEP), will present a “Home Energizer Workshop” designed to help residents save money while improving the economy and protecting the environment. The two-hour workshop begins at 2:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 9) in the Arizona Senior Academy Great Room.
TEP claims these workshops can teach customers how to reduce their energy bills by 20 to 30 percent and save an average of $300 in utility costs each year.
During the workshop, audience members will learn from energy specialists about easy low- and no-cost ways to save energy and money on our electric and water bills. In addition to the useful information, attendees will receive energy-efficiency items including LED bulbs, low-flow shower head, faucet aerator, window caulking and caulking gun, refrigerator and freezer thermometers. and weather stripping—a value greater than $40.
The presentation will include a comparison of three scenarios: the homeowner who does nothing, one who uses some measures, and another who implements almost every energy-saving option.
The featured presenter is John Eisele, a 37-year resident of Tucson and an enthusiastic member of the Tucson environmental community who has been presenting the Home Energy Workshop to a variety of audiences for the last few years. He promotes energy efficiency as a means to lower our energy footprint and assist in mitigating the effects of climate change.
Written by Norman Scott, Academy Village Volunteer