October 2010


The EPA recently wrapped up its first ever nationwide contest to see which building in America could reduce energy consumption by the greatest percentage.  Some of the most surprising facts:

1.  The competition was launched and completed in less than six months (no major renovations necessary)

2.  The reduced consumption was exceptional across all contestants, with most of the top contestants reducing energy consumption by approximately 30%

3.  The savings that these buildings racked up were in close to $20M, net of any expenses.

4.  The average savings per building was $30,000; the average cost, only $7,000

Click the link to jump ahead and see who was the “Biggest Loser”.

 

One of the contestants was a grass roots movement led by students

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The Tesla S is expected in showrooms in 2011

 

Let’s face it – you love the Tesla and you can’t wait for the Tesla S to arrive in Fairfield County so you can glue your family to the seats as the car rockets from zero to 60 in 4 seconds — all the while cruising with a clean conscience that you have emitted zero carbon emissions (at least from the tailpipes).

On 5:30pm November 18 at Arcudi’s Restaurant, Jim Motavalli, freelance journalist and regular contributor to The New York Times’ Automobile Section, speaker, book author and radio personality about all things environmental, will lead a discussion with Westport’s Electric Car Club (bet you didn’t know we had one, did you?).  All are welcome.

Environmental Journalist, Jim Motavalli Joins the Westport Electric Car Club

According to a Nielsen Company study, 80% of polled Americans are motivated to save energy so that they can reduce their household expenses.

Political Views and Affluence Drives Adoption

The key question for Westporters is:  what motivates us to conserve energy?  Recently, Westport became the recipient of a $4 million Department of Energy grant to promote energy conservation through a “Neighbor to Neighbor Challenge.”  Under the program, Westport, and several other Fairfield County town residents, will make personal commitments to reduce their household energy consumption.  Keep checking in here for more information about the Neighbor to Neighbor Challenge.

How Green is Connecticut?

So tell us Westport… what drives YOU to save energy?