School Wind Project
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the School Wind Project is a hands-on initiative that brings wind energy projects into the classroom by providing teachers the opportunity to implement interactive lessons focused on engineering, science and math as well as the necessary lessons for the next generation to learn and solve critical energy issues impacting Virginia.
Here are some of the VA regions, schools and educational centers participating in the program:
- Abingdon, Virginia Highlands Community College
- Big Stone Gap, Mountain Empire Community College
- Clifton Forge, Dabney Lancaster Community College
- Crozet, J.T. Henley Middle School
- Dublin, New River Community College
- Fancy Gap, Fancy Gap Elementary School
- Harrisonburg, Camp Horizons
- Harrisonburg, Thomas Harrison Middle School
- Harrisonburg, Virginia Wind Application Center (James Madison University)
- Heathsville, Northumberland Middle and High School
- Monterey, Highland High School
- Richmond, Science Museum of Virginia
- Roanoke, William Fleming High School
- Rocky Mount, The Gereau Center
- Salem, Salem High School
- Spotsylvania, Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center
- Stafford, Rodney Thompson Middle School
- Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
- Wise, Wise County Career and Technical Center
- Woodstock, Central High School
Want to encourage your local school to be more energy efficient or help students learn more about how to save? Find tips and other helpful educational resources by visiting the At School section of the Virginia Energy Sense website here Also learn how your school can become a Virginia Energy Sense partner and take the pledge to reduce energy use, today!
Where We Use the Most Power
- Heating and cooling, typically the largest energy users in homes and businesses
- Appliances, especially refrigerators, dishwashers and dryers, which together account for about 20% of all energy used in homes
- Water heating, on average 9 percent of all energy used in the home
- Lighting, the largest energy user in the commercial sector and 9 percent of power used in homes
- Electronics, an area where demand is increasing rapidly because of computers, bigger and more high-tech televisions, digital media and appliances
For more information on the biggest sources of electricity demand, visit this page on the Virginia Energy website to read more about energy use in Virginia.
Be Smart. Be Cool. BE PAID!
This post was submitted by Adam, from the Arlington Initiative to Reduce Emissions (AIRE).
Dominion Virginia Power rolled out a Smart Cooling Rewards program that single-family residents can take advantage of.
What’s the Smart Cooling Rewards program? I’m glad you asked.
Dominion will pay you $40 a year to let them install a device that cycles your air-conditioning system off during periods of peak demand. This is smart grid technology for your air conditioner that is available to Arlington residents in single-family homes. It benefits our community, the environment, and your wallet
Sign up today and share this with your neighbors: http://bit.ly/cbywpE
Simple Way to Save on Power Bills
Did you know 30% to 50% of your electricity bill pays for the energy lost through small holes and cracks in your home? This is known as air leakage – and it’s the biggest cause of heating and cooling loss. Cracks are often found around pipes, door frames and electrical outlets.
Fortunately, there are some easy fixes for smaller air leaks that you can seal on your own with products like caulk, spray foam or weather stripping. You can buy any of these products online or at a local store for under ten dollars. With just a little time sealing air leaks, you will cut down on air loss and save money on your monthly energy bill. With a small investment and an hour or so sealing air leaks, you could save hundreds of dollars on your power bill.
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