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Last Call for the City of Cincinnati Incentive

Here’s Mike Robinson, Building Analyst and our Quality Assurance Manager talking with homeowners and spreading the message:

Up to $750 in incentive money from the City of Cincinnati for residents making energy efficiency improvements! Pair that with up to $500 from the Duke Energy Smart Saver program, and you have a sizable incentive to further increase your comfort at home and reduce spending on utility bills.

If you’ve had an assessment previously with our Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program, we will conduct a free home visit to reassess your report, and develop a new proposal.

This limited time offer ends on September 30, 2014!

 

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Empowering Solar Energy and Energy Efficiency

How do we make solar energy and energy efficiency accessible for Greater Cincinnati residents and businesses?

To answer that question, the Energy Alliance recently convened a group of city leaders, energy professionals, and financing experts, to hear from Jeff Schub, VP at the Coalition for Green Capital (a successful national energy financing nonprofit). Mr. Schub spoke about opportunities to bring energy financing into the Greater Cincinnati market to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Affordable financing for an investment that gives homeowners and businesses a substantial energy savings and financial return is a win-win for our region.

 

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Adventures in Energy Efficiency: Insulating Sales at Work

Here’s Energy Alliance participating contractor Insulating Sales working on a recent energy efficiency improvement.

Top picture: The first contractor we’ve seen on stilts!

Middle picture: Installation of spray foam on the band joists in the basement to significantly increase comfort by stopping drafts. Sealing air leaks is a home improvement that will have immediate and significant payback.

Bottom picture: Dirty insulation, the tell-tale sign of air leaks.

 

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Urban Heat Island: Cincinnati

 

What do you see in this satellite image of Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine neighborhood?

Chris Meyer, our Operations Director, points out that there are ‘black roofs’ everywhere.

Dark surfaces on roads and roofs in cities absorb heat and can affect regional energy use and health. Applying a white or reflective coating to the roof of a building or house costs very little and substantially reduces the heat island effect for downtown Cincinnati.

Here’s a data-rich infographic from whiteroofproject.org that explores the impact of the difference between white and black roofs.

 

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The Collective Impact of Green Umbrella

Green Umbrella is an impressive local organization that brings together nonprofits, corporations, businesses, municipal leaders, and individuals with the goal of advancing our region’s environmental sustainability.

The Energy Alliance remains an active member of Green Umbrella having partnered on several regional initiatives, including the Green Umbrella Energy Challenge. Our CEO, Andy Holzhauser, is a member of the Green Umbrella Board of Trustees and our Strategic Business Director, Jeremy Faust, is the head of the Energy Conservation and Efficiency Action team.

We encourage you to watch this inspiring video recently released by Green Umbrella that demonstrates its far-reaching impact in the Greater Cincinnati area. The segment featuring our own Jeremy Faust discussing the group’s energy conservation work begins at the 3:30 mark .

 

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Eliminating Barriers to Solar Energy through Lending

The Energy Alliance is taking part in a national conversation around how to bring more investment into solar development.

Hosted by the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), the Banking on Solar Initiative includes voices from throughout the solar industry, from developers and installers, to national banking partners, legal voices, and state green banks.

By developing more standardized procedures for contracting and underwriting, and educating financial institutions on the opportunities and risks presented by solar investments, we are growing the market and increasing the solar investment opportunities for residents, businesses, and contractors.

Learn more here.

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Cincinnati Enquirer:
State Must not Derail Progress on Energy Efficiency

The Cincinnati Enquirer just weighed in against the Ohio General Assembly’s latest efforts to freeze the state’s energy efficiency standards.

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/editorials/2014/05/19/state-must-derail-progress-energy-efficiency/2264332/

They cite the U.S. military’s aggressive pursuit of energy sustainability and independence as an indication of the direction the country is moving and a reason why Ohio should continue to improve efficiency regulations rather than freeze them at current levels.

“If that strategy is good enough for the U.S. military, Ohio lawmakers ought to explain why it’s not good enough for the rest of us,”

Cincinnati Enquirer Editorial Board

For more perspective on this issue, here is a link to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) post:
http://aceee.org/blog/2014/05/misleading-ohio-clean-energy-freeze

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Successful Forest Park and GCEA Partnership Extended

Our goal-breaking campaign that improved the efficiency of 156 homes in Forest Park last year has been extended into 2014 with an additional $10,000 in incentive money. These funds will cover an estimated 15 homes, and are first come, first served.

Read the Cincinnati.com article here:
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/local/2014/04/16/forest-park-environmental-programs/7549369/

Or contact the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance to see if your home is eligible for the program.

 


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Proctor and Gamble Earth Week

Annually, Proctor and Gamble hosts a wide variety of environmentally friendly organizations in observance of Earth Day. Last week we were invited to table at P&G’s Earth Day Event, talking about our Energy Efficiency Program with their associates at lunchtime in their downtown building.

Dane Ervick, who represents both our Residential and Commercial programs, brought some of our assessment tools to show: the IR camera (for seeing heat loss), borescope (a small camera mounted on a flexible arm which can look into hard to see places and in-between walls), manometer (a gauge that measures pressure differences for draft assessment), and combustion analyzer (a gauge that measures how well a furnace or water heater burns natural gas).

We were situated between Sol Design and Consulting, a contractor in our commercial program, and Eco Environments, a contractor in our residential program. Also nearby was Heather Curless from Greener Stock Environmentally Friendly Supply store. Together, the four groups made home and building sustainability a very visible subject to event attendees.

 

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Dane Ervick, Residential and Commercial Operations Associate, demonstrating the IR camera

 

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