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April YEEC meeting tonight

Greetings Everyone,

Lots of exciting things going on – more details to follow but here are a few quick hits:

1. Next meeting is tonight – Tuesday – at 7pm in the Library.

2. We are investigating the possibility of organizing an effort to put solar panels on one of the York schools.  The idea is to raise money by selling the panels 8.75 watts at a time.  That’s how many watts would be contained in a panel the size of standard piece of paper ( 8.5″x11″). I want to print out 1,000 of these pieces of paper.  On one side it looks like a solar panel, on the other side, it lists facts about how much electricity a panel that size would generate over the 40 year life span of the panel, how many pounds of CO2 it would displace, how much money it would save the school, etc.

Then you send these home with the kids in their homework folders, and they sell them to their parents, grandparents, neighbors, etc. for about $20/each. Each one they sell, the student brings it back to school and they tape it to the wall in the hallway. Gradually, the wall gets filled up until all the money is raised for the panels. If it’s successful, we could solicit matching funds from local businesses, etc.

This idea is still in its infancy, but if you think you’d like to help, please let me know.

3. I finally had an energy audit! Yes, I know – I should have had it done years ago – but better late than never. The good news is that my house isn’t as bad as I had feared, and with some improved insulation, I can make it even better.

4. In terms of finding the money to pay for the insulation, I’m seriously considering the SEI program. They are running an incredibly attractive plan through the end of this month – up to $15,000 energy loan at zero percent interest for the first three years, and 5% after that. The offer is only good through the end of April, so if you are at all on the fence about moving forward with an energy efficiency upgrade to your home, now is the time to do it.   Go to www.seacoastenergy.org to find out more.

5.  The e-waste drive at Village Elementary School was a huge success. Hearty congratulations to Sarah Patch of the Village Elementary Parent Association for leading the charge.  You can read the great article about in the York Weekly here: http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20120331-NEWS-120339945″

That’s all for now, folks.  Happy Spring!

Eric

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