Are interested in reducing your home's energy consumption and reducing your power bill?
Our goal is to create a learning environment where the average person can be made aware of the many home energy solutions available to their families. Secondly, we try to reinforce the connection between saving energy and creating energy independence and security, while building family wealth. After families learn the benefits of energy conservation they will find many ways to save money at home. We strongly believe that energy conservation should be viewed as a wealth building exercise.
January - Home Energy Makeover
Come hear a true story about taking a typical home from a huge energy user to an energy producer. By going through the simple stages of improving a home's energy use - Reviewing, Reducing and Renewing - it was simple to help this home offset all of its energy needs. After starting with an essential home energy audit a list of energy-saving solutions were provided that helped take the guesswork out of the necessary home improvements needed. Paul Wolf is member of Tybee city council and is a renewable energy advocate statewide.
February - Introduction to Reducing Energy Bills
If you are interested in reducing your home's consumption, an Energy Audit is a great first step. But the audit itself doesn't save energy - you need to implement the recommended solutions. This session will review typical energy efficiency problems in Southern homes, and help identity the practical solutions for energy savings. We'll discuss reviewing your home's energy usage through energy audits, monitoring systems, and basic billing analysis; and we'll show you how to use that information to lower the amount of energy your home uses - and wastes. We will identify current market energy saving options for the home including: lighting, heating and cooling systems, proper ventilation, insulation, weatherization, and window replacement options. After saving money through efficiency and conservation, the next step is creating power with an on-site renewable energy resource like solar electric (photovoltaic), solar water heating (thermal) and wind power. I will generally identify what renewable energy resource is best for you, based on different aspects pertaining to your home. By taking the 3 simple steps to energy efficiency - Review, Reduce and Renew - you can finally take control of how your home uses energy.
March - Insulation & Weatherization of Crawl Spaces
The first step to increasing your home's energy efficiency is usually as simple as insulating and air sealing. Greg McBride will cover the building science around crawlspace problems and the solutions. The condition of the crawlspace affects the health of the home. Greg has completed more than 300 crawl space projects in the Savannah area.
April - Spray Foam Insulation
There is no better home insulating material that can seal your home from air and moisture intrusion, save on costly utility bills, strengthen your home, and protect your family’s health from dangerous mold, airborne pollutants, and allergens than Spray Foam insulation. Join Alpine Insulation’s lunch and learn crew to answer all your questions surrounding insulation.
May - Tapping into Geothermal
How a cleaner and more efficient HVAC system can save money
Come learn about the technology the EPA calls the most energy-efficient, environmentally clean, and cost-effective system for temperature control. Highlights include: What are the benefits of geothermal technology? How are geothermal systems installed? Cost comparison to traditional heating & cooling methods.
June - Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Understanding Course for the Home Owner
The rapid development of solar energy technology has made solar power a proven alternative to conventional energy systems in recent years. Solar PV is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. The need to find clean, renewable sources of energy has been one of the driving factors behind the considerable expansion of photovoltaics. As the technology becomes more efficient and less expensive, solar energy is becoming more popular and a key driver in the market for renewable technology. This course will also include tax incentives, where to search, and how to apply for them. MAGE Solar combines decades of experience in renewable energies with high-quality roof technology and innovative mounting and fastening solutions.
July - LED Lighting and Solar Hot Water
High-Brightness LEDs save power, reduce space, and shape light into unlimited colors and places, but how can I justify the current cost?
A solar water heating system uses energy from the sun, instead of electricity or gas, to heat water. Find out why this is one of the most cost-effective renewable energy systems to invest in. Julian Smith of SOLARSMITH is a leader in solar installations in the south east.
August - What are the Real Benefits of Window Film?
Windows let in the light and offer beautiful views, But the sunlight they invite in can also cause problems, And during storms or in the event of a break-in, windows are the most vulnerable points in your home. Join us to lean everything you wanted to know and more about the NEW advancements in window film. This isn’t your parents’ window film anymore. Hal Crowley of Solar Works Group, INC.
September - Making the best use of the many available Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency incentives
There are many incentives for saving energy usage in your home, one of those being financial. The Federal Recovery Act, commonly referred to as the Stimulus Bill, is incentivizing energy savings with Tax Credits. Georgia is offering rebates to homeowners and businesses through the Governor's Energy Office programs. Local utilities offer rebates for energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades. Come listen and discuss the many different rebates available for helping you reduce your energy bills and offset your energy use with renewable energy upgrades.