Have an Earthtastic Day!

Earth Day

In honor of the 40th Annual Earth Day, Enalasys Corporation wishes you a very green sustainable day! What will you do to support and promote Earth Day?

Will you:

  • Ride your bike or walk instead of driving or taking public transportation?
  • Continue to recycle paper, cans, bottles and plastic bags?
  • Educate others on the importance of being green and what that means?
  • Turn off and unplug unused appliances?
  • Support and participate in government programs promoting energy efficiency efforts?
  • Share your actions at www.earthday.org.

Retrofit Ramp Up…

Yesterday, Vice-President Biden announced the kick off of a five day schedule focused on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.  The highlight was the announcement of the selection of 25 communities for up to $452 million in Recovery Act funding to “ramp-up” energy efficiency building retrofits.  Under the Department of Energy’s Retrofit Ramp-Up initiative, communities, governments, private sector companies and non-profit organizations will work together on pioneering and innovative programs for concentrated and broad-based retrofits of neighborhoods and towns – and eventually entire states.  These partnerships will support large-scale retrofits and make energy efficiency accessible to hundreds of thousands of homeowners and businesses.  The models created through this program are expected to save households and businesses about a $100 million annually in utility bills, while leveraging private sector resources, to create what funding recipients estimate at about 30,000 jobs across the country during the next three years.

The Retrofit Ramp-Up projects, which are part of the overall $80 billion Recovery Act investment in clean energy and energy efficiency, complement the Obama Administration’s ‘Recovery through Retrofit’ initiative, which lays the groundwork for a self-sustaining and robust home energy efficiency industry.  The awards are the competitive portion of DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, which was funded for the first time under the Recovery Act to help state, local, and tribal communities make strategic investments in improving energy efficiency, reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions.

Retrofit By the Numbers

Residential and commercial buildings consume 40 percent of the energy and represent 40 percent of the carbon emissions in the United States.  Building efficiency represents one of the easiest, most immediate and most cost effective ways to reduce carbon emissions and save money on energy bills while creating new jobs:

Existing techniques and technologies in energy efficiency retrofitting can reduce energy use by up to 40 percent per home and lower total associated greenhouse gas emissions by up to 160 million metric tons annually.

Residential and commercial retrofits also have the potential to cut energy bills by $40 billion annually.

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