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A guide to energy efficient lighting

The following infographic provides a good summary of some of the choices available for energy efficient lighting.

Source: WellHome

This entry was posted in Conservation Conversations Blog.

2014’s most promising alternative energy trends

According to mining.com, “The business world has recognized a need for viable alternative energy solutions, and investors are now pouring in their cash. Last year, a staggering $214 billion was invested in renewable energy worldwide.”

Below are a few of the most promising innovations in the area of renewable and clean energy.

Infographic from: . . . → Read More: 2014’s most promising alternative energy trends

York awarded $98,000 for renewable energy

The town’s Energy Steering Committee was informed this week that it was successful in its application for a significant grant that will be used primarily for a solar photovoltaic array on the York Beach Fire Station. From seacoastonline.com:

York energy panel gets $98K for efficiency upgrades By Susan Morse , June 26, 2014

YORK, Maine . . . → Read More: York awarded $98,000 for renewable energy

Surfeur – a local business commited to sustainability while giving back to the community

At York Goes Green, we like to support local businesses that are both environmentally responsible and committed to helping people in need. Surfeur is a York business aiming to walk that line. From it’s website:

Surfeur, LLC started with the love of all things surfing. We wanted to build a brand that is known for . . . → Read More: Surfeur – a local business commited to sustainability while giving back to the community

York voters approve Article #43

York voters went to the polls at the annual budget referendum on Saturday, May 17, 2014 and approved Article #43, which appropriates $100,000 for capital improvements related to energy solutions and conservation at Town-owned properties.

Learn more about the Energy Steering Committee and how the Article 43 appropriation will be used to save energy and . . . → Read More: York voters approve Article #43

Reversing climate change through photosynthesis and biology

Rebuilding soil through organic methods and permaculture can sequester vast amounts of carbon and provide dozens of other benefits at the same time.

How Organic Farming Can Reverse Climate Change

By EcoWatch

Rodale Institute announced yesterday the launch of a global campaign to generate public awareness of soil’s ability to reverse climate change, but only . . . → Read More: Reversing climate change through photosynthesis and biology

Solar power for emergency shelters

The article below from Seacoastonline.com and the Portsmouth Herald describes another step in the process of a unique blending of community need and opportunity.

Turning to solar power in case of an emergency By Deborah McDermott dmcdermott@seacoastonline.com April 27, 2014 – 2:00 AM

York Middle School could be the pilot site in Maine for a . . . → Read More: Solar power for emergency shelters

Can ordinary people make a difference?

Quote of the day:

When asked if I am pessimistic or optimistic about the future, my answer is always the same: If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the . . . → Read More: Can ordinary people make a difference?

Solar Electric Emergency Power Systems – Maine Pilot

Where: Portland offices of Revision Energy, 142 Presumpscot Street, Portland, ME 04103 When: Thursday, April 24th 5:00-7:30pm – Light dinner and refreshments provided Cost: Free and open to the public

Agenda:

Welcome and Introductions History of Using Solar in Disasters Energy Needs in a Disaster Florida SunSmart ‘Solar on School Shelters’ Program Advancing Solar Shelters . . . → Read More: Solar Electric Emergency Power Systems – Maine Pilot

Lawns to Lobsters

Spring is a good time for homeowners to consider reassessing their lawn maintenance practices. The local group Lawns to Lobsters has called attention to the damage that can be done to ocean life and other vital species in the ecosystem by careless lawn care activities. For example:

If not applied correctly, lawn fertilizers can . . . → Read More: Lawns to Lobsters

YEEC Monthly Meeting on April 8

Greetings Everyone! Energy Meeting is Tuesday night – 7pm at the library.

Couple quick updates:

1. We are very pleased to announce that we are hosting Bill Young from the Florida Solar Energy Center April 23-25. Bill is a national expert in solar power and emergency management. He will be joining Chief Bracy (York’s Emergency . . . → Read More: YEEC Monthly Meeting on April 8

Mainers rally to support solar and oppose CMP rate hike

The following is an extensive excerpt from the April 5, 2014 ReVision Energy Newsletter:

Hundreds of solar supporters packed Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) hearings on April 2 and 3, 2014, as the PUC took public comment about a controversial rate case that would substantially hurt solar’s ROI in Maine.

. . . → Read More: Mainers rally to support solar and oppose CMP rate hike

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