Keep Cool (and Green)

By admin On June 30th, 2011 in Uncategorized /

Air conditioning accounts for 14 percent of America’s home electricity use. Treat your air conditioner the same way you treat other energy-demanding appliances: Use it wisely and keep it running efficiently.

Invest in an energy-efficient air conditioner.
If you’re buying a new air conditioner, choose one for maximum energy efficiency. New air conditioners come labeled with an Energy Efficiency Rating (EER), a standard that lets you calculate how much electricity the air conditioner will consume. The higher the EER, the less it will cost you to operate the appliance to achieve the same level of cooling.

Avoid overcooling.
Don’t use or buy more cooling equipment capacity than you actually need. If you decide on central air conditioning, select the most energy-efficient unit that will cool the size space you have. Bigger is not better. Buying a unit larger than you need, will cost more to run and may not remove enough humidity from the air.

Keep your cooling system well-tuned.
Have it professionally maintained, and ask how the energy efficiency of the system may be increased. Install a whole-house ventilating fan.
This can be put in your attic or in an upstairs window to cool the house, even if you have central air conditioning. According to Consumer Reports, a big fan working under the right conditions can cool and ventilate an entire house for about the energy cost of running an air conditioner in one room.

Set your thermostat as high as possible.
78 degrees F. is often recommended as a reasonably comfortable and energy-efficient indoor temperature.

 

 

 

FREE AimGreenOmaha.com T-shirt

By admin On June 23rd, 2011 in Uncategorized /

Just a little “thank you” for our loyal, green friends!  The first 25 people to email lzagurski@oppd.com will get a free t-shirt.  Choose from any one of the shirts pictured and remember to include the following in your email:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Shirt of choice (brown, black, white or blue)
  • Shirt size (M, L or XL) - sorry, no Smalls or XXLs!

 

It’s been more than three years since we launched AimGreenOmaha.com and we want to thank you for following us. 

We’ve covered lots of green topics over the years, but if there’s something you’d like us to post about, please let us know. 

Keep aiming green!

 

EVs - Plug-Ins Vs. Battery

By admin On June 15th, 2011 in Uncategorized /

There are two types of plug-in electric vehicles: the battery electric vehicle and the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. The plug-in hybrid vehicle generates energy from both a battery and an internal combustion engine. It is important to understand the type of vehicle you are considering, as it will influence your rate plan and charging options. Check out makes and models in the virtual showroom at GoElectricDrive.com.

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles have two power systems, an internal combustion engine and a battery, which can be re-charged from electricity. These vehicles use both gas and electricity. Most plug-in hybrids will take four to six hours to fully charge on a standard 120-volt outlet.

Battery electric vehicles are powered by electric motors and batteries, and they do not require any gas. A battery electric vehicle will take 12 to 24 hours for a full charge using Level One charging (a standard 120-volt outlet), while most models will take three to six hours to fully charge using Level Two charging (a 240-volt rated charging unit).

To learn more about electric vehicles, check out www.oppd.com/ev.

More Wind for OPPD Customers

By admin On June 10th, 2011 in Uncategorized /

OPPD is to buy 45-MW of more wind power from a facility near Broken Bow.

OPPD moved past the halfway mark today toward its renewable energy goal. The board of directors authorized management to complete an agreement to purchase 45 megawatts of wind-generated electricity from a facility under consideration near Broken Bow, Neb.

Midwest Wind Energy LLC plan to build the farm by 2013. OPPD already has agreed to purchase 18 MW from another Broken Bow project, which is due to go online next year.

OPPD has a goal of generating 10 percent of the electricity it sells to its retail customers from renewable sources by 2020. This purchase will bring it to 57 percent of that goal.

OPPD currently buys wind power from wind farms in Richardson, Brown and Knox counties. It has contracts for additional renewable energy from a wind farm in Boone County and two experimental direct-drive wind turbines in Springview, Neb.

ENERGY STAR Housing Award

By admin On June 2nd, 2011 in Uncategorized /

For the third consecutive year, OPPD has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with an ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing Award. OPPD also received this award in 2010 and 2009.

The award recognizes OPPD’s work in promoting energy-efficient construction and environmental protection by sponsoring an ENERGY STAR for New Homes Program in its service area.

“We are pleased to be recognized for the third straight year,” said Renee Jacobsen, product marketing specialist in Customer Service Operations. “The market for ENERGY STAR-qualified homes is growing quickly, and this award shows the dedication of local builders is paying off.”

As further evidence of growing interest in ENERGY STAR-qualified homes, Renee said eight homes that meet ENERGY STAR guidelines will be featured in the upcoming Street of Dreams.

Home-builders and home-buyers are continuing to invest in energy-efficient homes, despite the ongoing concerns in the overall housing market. More than 126,000 new homes were constructed to meet ENERGY STAR guidelines in 2010, increasing the number of ENERGY STAR-qualified homes to 1.2 million across the nation.