Take Action Now
As you'll see in this site, it's easy to save a ton. Here are some ways to start:
Park it! Reduce auto use by walking, biking, carpooling and combining trips.
Power down! Turn off lights and appliances when not in use. Turn off computers and other electronics when done. Air-dry clothing outdoors (it smells good!) or on racks indoors. Kill the electronics vampires in your house by switching off power strips so that electronics are truly off and not on standby, constantly sucking power.
Tighten up! Hire a professional to do a home energy audit. Seal attic bypasses, seal leaky heating ducts in attics and crawlspaces, caulk gaps at windows and door trim, weatherstrip loose doors and windows, add insulation where levels are low or nonexistent. Why waste heat and air conditioning?
Shift gears! When buying a vehicle, look for better mileage. Compact and mid-sized gas-electric hybrids can now average better than 50 miles per gallon! Keep tires inflated to maximum recommended limits. Change oil and tune your car at recommended intervals. And plan your trips and reduce miles traveled.
Lighten up! Get rid of old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs. Energy Star compact fluorescents (CFLs) and LEDs (light-emitting diodes) use 25% the energy or less for the same amount of light. A 60-watt equivalent CFL saves more than $40 on electricity bills and costs less than $2. Ten will save a ton of greenhouse gases!
Step up! If you can afford it, consider installing a photovoltaic electrical system, small wind, solar hot water or a geothermal heat pump. This fuel is clean, inexhaustible and will pay for itself in the long run.
We are proud to support these businesses and nonprofits
- 101.5 The Valley's Music Place
- Association for Energy Conservation Professionals
- Better Building Works, LLC.
- BlueStar Solar Energy, LLC.
- Clean Valley Council
- Direct Connect Solar and Electric
- Green Detective Energy Solutions
- Home Performance with Energy Star
- J&J Weatherization
- James Glass Company
- Natural Awakenings of Virginia's Blue Ridge
- Outside Heating
- Powermark Electrical
- RIDE Solutions
- Roanoke Cement
- Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition
- Solar Connexion
- Solar Tech
- Spectrum Design
- Structures Design Build
- Total Action for Progress
- Terrazia: High Performance Building Consultants
Our partner governments
See these links for more inspiration:
CFL Savings Calculator
Gas mileage tips
Home energy savings
Energy saving tips
Water heating tips
Clean and Green