Energy Star ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=about.ab_index Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy in 2007 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 27 million cars — all while saving $16 billion on their utility bills. Recommendations <ul><li>look for appliances that have earned the ENERGY STAR. They meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and US Department of Energy. </li></ul><ul><li>EPA offers tools and resources to help you plan and undertake projects to reduce your energy bills and improve home comfort. </li></ul>
MCI’s Energy Consumption <ul><li>Well, lets just say that MCI goes through a lot of oil, and the monthly electric bill, haha, it cracks me up. </li></ul>No, I’m just kidding, but MCI should do better in becoming a more energy conservative school.
Ways MCI Can Become More Energy Efficient <ul><li>Firstly, if teachers and dorm students didn’t open their windows in the winter and let all the heat out, especially the dorm students, where the heaters are right under the windows, they open them and the heat goes right out the window. </li></ul><ul><li>Secondly, if the dining facilities, changed all their equipment to ENERGY STAR approved items. </li></ul>
The School Energy Audit: A Bright Idea <ul><li>A great way to save money and school energy at the same time. </li></ul><ul><li>From the money that the school would save from doing this audit, they would have enough money for other school projects, but most important, the school will help the earth by reducing resource use and environmental pollution. </li></ul>
What Does Energy Star Mean? <ul><li>Definitions: </li></ul><ul><li>ENERGY STAR - A government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. </li></ul><ul><li>ENERGY STAR Home Sealing - A process recommended by the ENERGY STAR Program for improving the envelope of a home to make it more comfortable and energy-efficient. The process includes sealing air leaks and adding insulation where cost-effective </li></ul>http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=diy.diy_glossary
Door Blower Test <ul><li>Air Leaks vs. Insulation </li></ul><ul><li>To increase the economy of heating, most homeowners automatically assume that insulation is the answer. However, insulation is not the whole story. Actually, in most homes air leakage is the biggest robber of heating dollars. </li></ul><ul><li>Houses leak air because of the difference between indoor and outdoor air pressure. Imagine your house as a hot air balloon. The biggest pressure differences are high and low in a building. Holes in these areas typically leak more air than holes in the middle. Warm air rises and leaks out any unsealed areas at the top of the building. Leaks inward tend to be at the bottom of the structure, pulling in cool air. </li></ul>http://www.sheltertech.com/bdt.htm
Three Steps To Fix Air Leaks In the past, finding air leaks in a house was a hit or miss proposition. Now we have an objective three-step process to find and fix leaks in houses. 1. Finding air leaks 2. Fixing the Problem Areas 3. Verifying that the leaks have been sealed