Loved Our Wind Power
To monitor our purchase, we receive regular reports from Clean Currents verifying how our electricity was generated and how much green greenhouse gas was created as a result.
Our most recent report made us proud! During the period from January to June 2013, all of our electricity came from wind energy, plus our electric energy use create no greenhouse gases at all. (See our report card here)
We continued with the same program for the remainder of 2013, so we would be equally proud of our next report card.
Unfortunately, our happiness is bittersweet. We just learned last week that Clean Currents is no more. They were an unexpected causality of the extremely cold weather we had this winter.
Hello again from Connor Gray
When I was contacted by Peter about the position, I knew it was something I would be interested in. I spent this past summer working in the TerraLogos office as a Building Analyst Intern.
As a Building Analyst Intern last summer, I was able to get my feet wet with home performance and building science. I really enjoyed the problem solving aspect of this experience. It was enjoyable to look at each building as a puzzle to solve. Solving these puzzles has given me a new outlook on solving problems beyond just home performance.
I learned over the summer that the most obvious solution is not always the best solution. Read the rest of this entry »
New Addition to the Commercial Rebate Programs
A new finance program just started for Pepco small business customers. With this program, your business can be cash positive from day one after completing recommended energy improvements – with NO CASH UPFRONT!
Called Pepco Small Business Energy Advance, all Pepco business customers who have a monthly demand of 100 kW or less over a twelve month period are eligible. Pepco does not need to be your provider of electricity – you can buy from any supplier. Your electricity just needs to be delivered by Pepco, which is the case if you get a Pepco bill.
How Do I Start?
Simply work with a participating Pepco Trade Ally, like EH Commercial. We will help you through the program and make things easy.
With Civic Works & BMore Gives More
Thanksgiving and the winter holidays are times for us to reflect on our lives and consider others. We give thanks, think back on our good fortune, and consider those less fortunate. In the true spirit of these holidays, we are partnering with Civic Works and BMore Gives More for the 2nd Annual #GivingTuesday on December 3rd.
As counterpoint to consumer driven dates of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, a national movement is afoot to create a new tradition, #GivingTuesday. Instigated just last year by New York’s 92nd Street Y, the movement immediately found support from the United Nations Foundation and an amazing team of influencers. They in turn brought a powerful list of corporations and non-profits on board. Together they generated some incredible 1st year statistics.
Last year, over 2,500 partners in all 50 states signed on to #GivingTuesday, with major donation sites posting about a 50% increase in donations over the same Tuesday in 2011, while the average donation increased 25%. More than 50 million people worldwide spread the word about #GivingTuesday – resulting in milestone trending on Twitter.
The Baltimore area played a major role in the 1st year success, due to the efforts of our friends at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore (in a separate effort, we worked with them on energy efficiency projects). Last year, they raised $1 million on #GivingTuesday, Read the rest of this entry »
Units have caused fires
As reported by the Washington Bureau of Associated Press on 9/12.
“More than 2 million dehumidifiers are being recalled after dozens of reports of fires and more than $2 million in property damage.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke and catch fire. They were manufactured by Gree Electric Appliances and carried the brand names . . .”
They advise that, “Consumers who find [these brands of] dehumidifiers in their homes should immediately turn off and unplug them.”
Get Ideas for your Home
Mark your calendars for the 2nd annual Howard County Green Homes Tour, October 5th & 6th.
Here’s a great chance to see firsthand how people in our area have “greened” their homes to live more sustainably. You’ll learn about energy efficiency and sustainable living from folks who are already doing it and perhaps find ideas that might benefit your home.
Most homes and buildings on the tour contain a combination of renewable energy and energy conservation features. Some highlights include:
- Energy-saving building construction techniques
- Photovoltaic (pv) systems Read the rest of this entry »
From 1,000 “Friends” of TerraLogos
Yes, we have a TerraLogos Facebook page.
But, we certainly wouldn’t win any praise for our efforts to date. Actually, I think you would rank us as rather lazy.
As the TL social marketing manager, I’m in charge of fixing that. We want to show you what’s going on at TerraLogos and provide tips for saving energy & resources. It’s part of our goal to empower people to gain control of their energy use.
For improvements, we’re planning regular features, like an IR Photo Guessing Game with thermal images we’ve taken on energy audits. See if you can guess what the infrared image shows, and we will reveal the answer a couple of days later.
We’ll also feature the strange & bizarre things we find in Maryland, with “interesting” shots of special building “features” we’ve uncovered on energy audits. Plus, we’ll have action photos, slideshows and videos of actual energy contracting projects in process.
And, of course, there will be our regular postings on energy saving products & tips, plus news items that will keep you up to date. We want to provide information that can help you make a difference.
Help Us Donate $1,000
Baltimore City Historical Society Events 2013
Here are three upcoming events that look real interesting to us. They feature special guest speakers who will take you on an exploration of our environmental history.
All events will be in the
Peabody Room at the
Cathedral of the Incarnation
4 East University Parkway
Free admission, parking & refreshments
Contact: Joe Stewart, 410.243.4418
BCHS will stamp “War of 1812 Bicentennial Passports”
And here are the individual events – Mark your calendar.
Geoffrey Buckley is the author of “America’s Conservation Impulse: Saving Trees in the Old Line State”, “Mountains of Injustice: Social and Environmental Justice in Appalachia” and the upcoming “North American Odyssey: Historical Geographies for the Twenty-First Century”. He is an Ohio University Professor and Long-Term Ecological Research – Baltimore Ecosystem Study Co-Principal Investigator. He has a Ph.D. in Geography from University of Maryland, a M.A., Geography from University of Oregon and a B.A., Environmental Studies and American History from Connecticut College.
Customers with Oil/Gas Heat & No Central AC Affected
The utility-sponsored Home Performance Rebate Programs have helped many homeowners with subsidized audits and rebates on many of the most commonly recommended energy improvements (more incentive details here).
No worries – these programs ARE continuing through at least 2014.
However, to be eligible, these programs required the home to have either central air conditioning or electric heat (or gas heat in the BGE territory). So, if your home had window ACs (or no AC at all) and oil/propane heat (or outside BGE territory, gas heat), you were on your own.
Be SMART Program Filled Gap
For the last year, MD State’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) filled this gap with their Be SMART Home Energy Efficiency Rebate Program, which provided almost identical incentives to these once-excluded homeowners. Plus, they also provided rebates of up to $2,000 for homeowners to upgrade their oil/gas furnaces (systems which burn oil and send heat through ducts) and boilers (systems that burn gas, oil or propane and deliver heat through radiators) to high efficiency models.
Visiting one of the most Polluted Cities on Earth
On my recent trip to Beijing, I was curious to see if the rumors I had heard were true. China is one of the most powerful emerging economies in the world, and yet it has a reputation for compromising environmental health and safety in favor of industrial growth.
I figured the stories I’d heard were exaggerated, but the trip made me see the reality of the current levels of pollution in China:
While living in one of the most advanced countries in the world, the Chinese have neither clean water to drink nor clean air to breath.
Caused primarily by industrial waste and raw sewage, water pollution has been an issue in China for decades. Read the rest of this entry »