Friday, September 19, 2008

Home Energy Savings Series: Minneapolis Community Education

If you're like me and I am, I need a little bit more than an article on the web for me to grasp the physical motions required for the energy conservation pieces needed in my home. As if to answer my soon-to-be-chilly prayers, Minneapolis Community Ed now has a Home Energy Savings Series.

Tuesday, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM; 5 sessions starting October 14, 2008, ending November 11, Location: Minneapolis - Roosevelt Cost is $15 per session or $60 for all.

Try community ed!

Home Energy Savings Series: Insulation, Ventilation and Ice Dam Prevention [670017]

Gain practical information regarding insulation, proper venting and where to look for attic bypasses. Know how heat travels and how to control it. Find out if you need insulation and discuss benefits of using blower doors and infrared scans.
Tuesday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on November 11, 2008

Home Energy Savings Series: Lower Your Heating Bills! DIY Furnace [670018]

There are a number of simple maintenance items that you can do regularly to keep a furnace or boiler running efficiently. Gain important maintenance tips. Discuss the basics of new and old heating systems and compare technology and heat efficiency.
Tuesday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on October 28, 2008

Home Energy Savings Series: Mold, Moisture & Air Quality Problems [670019]

Control of mold requires solving moisture problems. Discuss common causes of excess moisture. Control humidity levels and water vapor movement. Know causes and common sources of poor air quality.
Tuesday, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM; 1 session on November 18, 2008

Home Energy Savings Series: Window Repair & Weatherization [670020]

Focus on do-it-yourself techniques for stopping air infiltration, repairing of sash cords, reglazing, double-glazing and painting. Gain up-to-date information on cost effectiveness of retrofitting windows. T
Tuesday, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on October 21, 2008

Home Energy Savings Series: Plug Leaks and Increase Comfort [670016]

Wasting energy is like throwing away money and it’s harmful to the earth. In addition, you are paying more money to be less comfortable. Find out about energy flow and ways that cold air seeps into your home. Learn how to plug leaks and get rid of those nasty drafts. Covers caulking, weatherstripping and much more.
Tuesday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on October 14, 2008 Fertilizer Spill Leaks into Minnesota

DNR investigates N. Iowa Fish Kill

Solar Home Tours - October 4th & 5th

It's two, two great tours in one weekend!

On October 4th, the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society is hosting The Minnesota Solar House Tour in the Greater Metro. On October 3rd and 4th, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association is hosting it's annual 2008 Wisconsin Solar Tour (many of the exhibit homes are quite western). These tours are a tremendous opportunity to talk about solar with the homeowners themselves. I have found these knowledgeable and experienced solar users to be a tremendous resource. If nothing else, they can talk about the process without trying to sell you something. Win.

ETA: By western I mean on the west side of Wisconsin close to the Twin Cities, not in the style of a John Wayne movie. Although that would be pretty bad ass as well.

MPR: Wind Power

Minnesota, 4 neighbors plan for wind power

MPR: Cap-and-trade

Midwest Governors consider cap-and-trade option

More on the Midwest Governors Association.

More on cap-and-trade.