Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
Welcome to Part 3 of this series of tips for living "greener." Next up: tips for electronics and appliances. (For Parts 1 and 2, scroll down!)
22. Buy energy-saving light bulbs – compact fluorescents, or the new LED lamps being introduced in Home Depot and other outlets. They cost more, but last longer AND use less energy, so you save every time you turn them on.
23. Use power strips and turn them off when electronics, especially things that glow, are not in use. Many electronic devices leach power, even if they are not turned on.
24. Use a laptop computer. They use less energy than desktops.
25. Set your computer to hibernate or sleep mode after 15-30 minutes of no use. Don’t use a screen saver.
26. Unplug appliances you don’t use very often, like crock pots and blenders.
27. Use electronics as long as possible. When you are ready to dispose of them, recycle or donate instead of throwing in the trash.
Toward Zero Net Energy posted on Apr 10
In late February I had the opportunity to attend the Toward Zero Net Energy (TZNE) Retrofit Program “Charrette” ‒ a collaborative session in which a group of designers drafts a solution to a design problem ‒ at Holyoke Community College (HCC). The purpose of this charrette …Continue Reading Toward Zero Net Energy
Leadership Matters – Images from 7th Green Schools Summit posted on Apr 7
At the 7th Annual Massachusetts Green Schools Summit, students, teachers, legislators and energy officials came together to embrace leadership roles within their communities. DOER Commissioner Mark Sylvia emphasized that clean energy and climate literacy among the current generation of students will be crucial for Massachusetts in the future. “Set the tone, lead the way in the classroom, at home, in the community and for our future.”
Clean Energy Game posted on Apr 3
Marketers are recognizing “gamification” as a way to motivate and engage people. Can games help engage the public about clean energy through content delivery, education, a sense of community, ways to encourage behaviors?