High IQ Metering

By admin On March 31st, 2010 in Uncategorized /

We’ve talked about Smart Metering technology here before, but for the first time we’ve found a direct account of one household’s experience with a device.

What they found is that it directly affected how much energy they used. Seeing that leaving outside lights on throughout the night was wasting more energy than they realized, or changing the lights in their home to more energy efficient CFL bulbs was saving them several dollars each month. It adds up quick. Early studies suggest knowing how much electricity you are using could help you be 5-10% more efficient, saving you couple hundred dollars a year.

Future technolgoy might allow Smart Meters to communicate with your dishwasher, telling it to run late at night when electricity is cheaper. I think with anecdotes like the one from Charles Elk and further advances in technology, we’ll see even more excitement over Smart Metering.

Shut it down.

By admin On March 25th, 2010 in Uncategorized /

If you’re reading this from your laptop, you’ve already won half the battle. You know that leaving your computer plugged in all the time isn’t good for the life of your battery, or your energy bill.

DesktopIf you’re reading this from your desktop, you may have a little something to learn, or you might just have to do a little training to get yourself in the habit. Simply turning off your computer in addition to using the energy saving settings on your desktop can save you on average $40 to $80 per year on your energy bill.

Keeping your computer running at optimum speeds will also help keep start-up time to a minimum to help save you time while you’re saving money, making it easier to shut it down.

Get all the information and a nice detailed how to from this informative post at The Daily Green.

Do You Recycle? Please Share.

By admin On March 23rd, 2010 in environment, recycling /

We want to hear from you.  Please share your comments on what you do (or what your company does) to recycle. 

Check out this recycle video from our high school contest and read below about a couple things OPPD is doing.

PAPER: OPPD continues to expand its paper-recycling effort. The volume of paper recycled companywide increased from 97 tons in 2008 to nearly 155 tons in 2009.

ELECTRONICS: OPPD’s main supplier of computer workstations, laptops, monitors, etc., takes back any electronic waste items that OPPD purchased from them, at no additional cost! The vendor recycles these items through a local accredited electronic waste recycler. Due to this arrangement, OPPD had to pay to recycle only 13.5 tons of the 33.5 tons of electronics it recycled in 2009, saving more than $10,000.

So what are you doing?

Free Trees?

By admin On March 19th, 2010 in environment /

If your non-profit group is located within OPPD’s service territory, you could be eligible for tree planting funds, up to $2,500. The deadline for OPPD’s Tree Promotion Program is March 26, 2010.

OPPD’s Tree Promotion Program promotes the planting of trees and provides education concerning the value, selection, placement and welfare of trees. Nonprofit groups, organizations and schools interested in requesting an OPPD tree-planting sponsorship can visit click here for guidelines and application information.

If you live in the Omaha area, check out OPPD’s arboretum, located at 108th & Blondo. Enjoy the walking trails and pick up a variety of landscaping tips along the way.

CFL Trash Talk

By admin On March 16th, 2010 in recycling /

It’s not as bad as it sounds. With the success of OPPD’s recent CFL campaign, OPPD also has a responsibility to educate customers on proper CFL disposal.

OPPD’s recent compact fluorescent light bulb campaign results were illuminating. More than 84,000 CFLs were purchased by OPPD customers. In light of the purchases, it’s equally important for customers to be aware of proper CFL disposal.

In the state of Nebraska, CFL bulbs can be disposed of in household trash. The Environmental Protection Agency requests that used bulbs be sealed in a plastic bag. Care sould still be taken not to break the bulb when installing or removing it, by turning it at the base of the bulb.

If recycling is your preferred method of disposal, and if you live in Sarpy or Douglas County (in Nebraska), CFLs can be dropped off at Under the Sink at 4001 S. 120th Street in Omaha. Please call (402) 444-7465 or visit www.underthesink.org for more information.  Another option is to check with local retailers, such as Home Depot, who have recycling programs.

One Month until Power Drive!

By admin On March 10th, 2010 in Uncategorized /

Exactly one month from today, on April 10th, the Power Drive regional events will begin to take place across Nebraska. Power Drive is one event we get charged up over!

The Power Drive Program is an educational effort that challenges high school students to design and build one-person electric vehicles during the school year. In the spring, these teams of students compete with one another at organized rallies in areas such as vehicle braking, maneuverability and endurance.

This will be the 12th year for the event, and at the start of a decade where the buzz about electric vehicles seems to be at an all time high with dozens of new releases from most manufacturers on the horizon. We can’t wait to see what the students bring to the table this year.

Check out the calendar for a full list of Power Drive events over the next couple of months.

Eco-Film at the Omaha Festival

By admin On March 8th, 2010 in Uncategorized /

The Omaha film festival is happening March 8-14th at various theatres across the metro and a certain “green” film has caught our attention.

Ecoheartland, is a documentary made by two brothers while on a roadtrip across middle America. They were concerned about the United States growing energy problems and decided to see if they could find innovation and positive change in the midwest.

The United States is being buffeted by high energy prices and falling ground water levels, increasing pollution and the growing threat of climate change. But the good news is that there are solutions. Innovative approaches and cutting edge technology along with some old fashioned American know-how are pointing the way forward to a more sustainable United States

Check out this film that Aims Green at Wednesday, March 10th at 7:15 or Saturday, March 13th at 12:30 at the Great Escape Theatres.

Electronic Billing

By admin On March 5th, 2010 in Uncategorized /

One easy way to reduce waste is to use the power of the internet to pay your bills.

It may take a little work on your part, but it usually just takes the click of a button, an email submission and confirmation and away you go from this world of wasted paper. It may not seem like much, and it is an easy thing to just ignore, but the difference between 2-10 paper bills per individual in a month among an entire community, state or country can make a huge difference.

Most companies make it easy, just go online to the specific companies websites where you pay bills and follow the instructions found there to step into the digital world. You’ll even save money on those pesky stamps that seem to be worth a penny less than what you need!

Get started with paperless billing from OPPD and Aim Green!

Heartland Walk for Warmth

By admin On March 1st, 2010 in Uncategorized /

Last week, on a calm, but cold Friday evening people from all over Omaha took a walk around Heartland of America Park to raise money for local energy assistance programs.

It is important for the program to use funds wisely which also means being sustainable. Energy assistance programs in the heartland include classes which teach low-income families how to save energy and also offer direct assistance to families who need help paying bills or purchasing new heating or cooling equipment.

Check out this video from the walk, and consider joining us next year for the 2011 Walk for Warmth!