Atlanta MLK Day Energy Efficiency Service Event – 2015 is off to a bright start! Community collaborations bring together a myriad of businesses, students, and community leaders to lend a hand.
Street TEAMS for Energy Efficiency
This energetic group of Georgia Tech and Georgia State students led by key staff from the Center for Sustainable Communities, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, HTS Enterprise Energy Solutions, Resources for Residents and Communities and Atlanta Light Bulbs was a huge success. The group, who also cleaned up a section of the Atlanta Beltline in the Washington Park-Lena Rd-MLK Drive Segment, distributed energy efficient light bulbs & No-Cost or Low-Cost energy efficiency tip sheets to crowds attending the MLK Day festival events and activities. In addition, the students were also able to visit and experience a “mini” civil rights tour. While conducting the STREET Team activity, the students visited the MLK King Historic District including the Heritage Sanctuary, Horizon Sanctuary, Martin and Corretta Grave Site/Tomb; King Center for Non-Violent Social Change; MLK Birth Home; MLK National Park Service Visitors Center, Civil Rights Walk of Fame and Truly Living Well Community Gardens.
Energy Efficiency is a hot topic in creating a sustainable future for all and the innovative and exciting people passionately involved are spreading to good word with a hands on approach to educating and leading the community. Educating the public on simple steps we can all take to make big changes is key. The generosity of so many individuals and business to donate their time,energy, resources, and products to work towards a sustainable future is a great way to start 2015. Let’s all keep up the great wok in giving back to our communities!
We would like to share the Home Energy Saving tips that were distributed by the Street TEAMS for Energy Efficiency:
No-Cost or Low-Cost Energy Saving Tips:
- Lower your thermostat at night and whenever the house is unoccupied. Close off and don’t heat unoccupied rooms (unless you have a heat pump). If you consistently set your thermostat back at night 10 degrees Fahrenheit, you may reduce your heating bill by 10-20 percent.
- Lower the thermostat and dress warmer. As little as 1 to 3 degrees (F) makes a noteworthy difference in energy consumption.
- Lower the temperature on your electric water heater to 120 (F) degrees. Turn it off when leaving for extended periods of time. Electric water heaters can be set on timers; gas heaters must be set manually.
- Set refrigerator temperatures between 37 and 40 degrees (F). Clean the coils. Keep the refrigerator stocked; it takes more energy to cool an empty refrigerator.
- Consider replacing your older model refrigerator, especially if older than 10 years. Older models can often use over 3 times the energy of newer models.
- Wash full loads of dishes and air dry.
- When washing clothes use cold water and rinse with cold. Air dry clothes, but not indoors as this creates unwanted mold and moisture problems.
- Shut off lights, computers and other electronic appliances when you’re not using them. Many computer monitors have a sleep mode setting which, when activated, greatly reduces energy consumption.
- Always use the bathroom or kitchen exhaust fans while showering or cooking and baking to avoid potential moisture problems.
- Use a toaster oven for smaller items.
- Install a low-flow shower head. Showers use less hot water than baths; also consider taking shorter showers.
- Close your fireplace damper and seal the opening shut when not in use.
- During the heating season, open south-facing window coverings (e.g. drapes, blinds, etc.) during the day. Close all window coverings at night to keep the heat in.
- Install foam gaskets behind electric-outlet and switch-plate covers.
- Examine and adjust, if necessary, weather stripping, door sweeps, and thresholds.
ALB would like to publicly thank our sponsors Halco & TCP for their generous donations of energy efficient CFL’s to support several Atlanta MLK Day Energy Efficiency Service projects and community energy efficiency workshops benefiting low income seniors and families in the Atlanta Metro area. Thanks to these trusted partners, we have been able to distribute over 600 cfl’s as direct replacements of less efficient light bulbs, which equates to a decrease of over 27,600 watts! (Based on replacing 600 60w Halogen’s with 14w CFL light bulb’s)
A Special thank you to our Street Team Leaders & Sponsors: