Energy Service Corps

Energy Service Corps helps people save energy, save the environment and save money all at the same time. We do that first by educating communities about energy efficiency -- in schools, at community events, and even at people's doorsteps! We also assist communities through service projects and events that help homeowners, local non-profits, and public officials achieve greater energy efficiency right away, sealing leaks around doors and windows, replacing old lightbulbs with more efficient CFLs and referring homeowners to local energy audit and retrofit services. In several states Energy Service Corps runs in partnership with AmeriCorps.

We know that people in the community want to save energy, cut the cost of their energy bills, and make their homes warmer, but for most people doing that seems out of reach and costly. But in fact there are actually a lot of opportunities right now to make our buildings more efficient.

Energy Service Corps takes the mystery out of energy efficiency. We give people the tools and knowledge they need to stop energy from seeping out the cracks in the windows, serve their immediate needs, and act as the catalyst in the community to greater energy efficiency.

The way we use energy in America is unsustainable. Fossil fuels - coal, oil and natural gas - provide more than 85% of all the energy consumed in the United States. This creates a whole host of environmental and public health problems - from global warming, to air pollution that causes asthma and cancer, to the environmental problems created by mining and drilling for coal and oil. And as energy demands rise every year, consumers are paying more to keep the lights on and power their homes and businesses.

We’ve known for some time that the quickest and easiest way to cut down on all of these problems is to use less energy - and making our buildings more efficient is a big part of that. Buildings consume nearly 40% of the nation’s total energy in heating, cooling and electricity use. But it doesn’t need to be that high - we lose a ton of energy through old inefficient buildings and appliances.

Beyond the environmental problems this problem causes, it puts an enormous burden on our pocketbooks. Families are having to make tough choices between putting food on the table and paying gas and electric bills. For example – in 2009, more than 12 million households risked having their utilities shut off because they couldn’t pay their bills.

 

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CU-Boulder students give Boulder mayor's home A+ for efficiency

The members of the University of Colorado's Energy Service Corps are used to educating Boulderites on sustainability. But Saturday, the group was schooled by Boulder Mayor Matt Applebaum during an assessment of his passive solar home.

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Increasing voter turnout on November 6

Colorado Public Interest Research Group’s New Voters Project has been running a campaign all semester to raise awareness about voting among students. This month the Auraria branch of CoPIRG hosted debate parties on campus so students could come to watch the presidential and vice presidential debates.

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CALPIRG Energy Service Corp encourages students to make energy pledges

As a joint collaboration between California Public Interest Research Group and AmeriCorps, the CALPIRG Energy Service Corp is focused on getting students engaged, involved and educated about energy conservation, preservation and efficient energy use.

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Group educates community on energy saving practices

After a month of recruiting volunteers and meeting with campus and community leaders, the CSU chapter of the nationwide Energy Service Corps is ready to take its message of energy conservation to the citizens and youth of Fort Collins.

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Chance to make utilities more accountable lost for outages is gone with the wind

Power giants NStar and Northeast Utilities won a green light from Massachusetts' regulators for their multibillion-dollar merger without having to answer serious questions about the catastrophic outages that darkened vast swaths of New England last fall, a review of merger records shows.

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