energy efficiency, sustainability, green buildings, solar, hybrid cars and alternate fuels.

"A society built on green design, sustainable energy and closed loop systems, a civilization afloat on a cloud of efficient, non-toxic, recyclable technology." ~~Alex Nikolai Steffan



The City of Tallahassee acknowledges the impact that reduction in consumption can have on the future. It estimates that current and future demand side management (conservation) eliminates the need for additional power generation plants at least until 2016. This estimate is based upon current rates of savings.

Last count, over 1,000 households signed up for the Energy Challenge sponsored by CONA. Will Tallahassee's daily rains lower everyone's utility bills for this month?

Deep Patel wrote a blog post, 30 Days to a Greener You
that was reprinted, in part, last month by the Environmental News Network. It outlined the first step to solar is reduce then produce - conscientiously lowering our power consumption as a first step before investing in solar panels.

Will participants in the energy challenge significantly reduce their electric consumption in these next months and will any use the savings as an incentive to purchase solar panels?

Is the City of Tallahassee Utilities ready to offer an extra financial incentive to make this happen? With solar net metering available for City of Tallahassee utility customers, any solar units can track savings and 'spin the meter backwards' creating savings credit on their utility bill.

First Presbyterian Church joins the Unitarian Universalists in installing solar panels. After a lengthy and thoughtful study of their consumption of the earth's resources and the impact of our ever growing carbon footprint,
congregants concluded that conservation is an essential component of their stewardship of our Earth.



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