Archive for March, 2011

OPALCO’s Nissan Leaf 100% Electric Car is Here!

Monday, March 28th, 2011

OPALCO’s new electric car is here! The Nissan Leaf will be used by OPALCO’s Energy Services staff as they move about the county. The 100% electric car is designed to travel 100 miles on a single charge. Read about the delivery of the first Nissan Leaf in the north sound in the Bellingham Post. Stay tuned to this blog for updates on how the car performs – and wave to us when you see the Leaf driving around the islands.

Look for “Energy Forward” for super efficient electronics

Monday, March 21st, 2011

If you’re shopping for a new television, desktop computer or monitor, look for the bright orange “Energy Forward” label for products that are at least 30 percent more energy efficient than other models. Many of the TVs, for example, can save consumers hundreds of dollars in energy costs over the life of the unit.

Television use alone in the Northwest consumes nearly 3.7 billion kilowatt-hours each year, according to estimates from the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. And that use is growing exponentially. The International Energy Agency estimates that consumer electronics represent 15 percent of worldwide home power demand — with television use a major portion of that. The agency estimates that without major changes, that percentage is expected to triple by 2030.

“If all consumers in the Pacific Northwest purchased these Energy Forward TVs over other models, we could save enough electricity to power all the homes in Seattle and Spokane for one year,” said Stephanie Fleming, senior manager of NEEA’s residential sector. “Northwest consumers would save an estimated $60 million in annual energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of removing 60,000 cars from the road.”

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Coming in the summer of 2011 – New labeling for light bulbs

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Starting in mid-2011, consumers shopping for light bulbs will notice new labeling on packaging designed to help them choose among the different types of bulbs on the market – traditional incandescent bulbs, and newer high-efficiency compact fluorescent (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. The new labels will enable consumers to save money by selecting the most efficient bulbs that best fit their lighting needs. For the first time, the label on the front of the package will emphasize the bulbs’ brightness as measured in lumens, rather than a measurement of watts. The new front-of-package labels also will include the estimated yearly energy cost for the particular type of bulb. New energy standards mandated by Congress will effectively phase out traditional low-efficiency incandescent bulbs from the U.S. market over the next few years. The new labels that focus on brightness in lumens will help consumers make purchasing decisions as they transition to more energy-efficient types of bulbs. Under the new rule, the back of each package of light bulbs will have a “Lighting Facts” label modeled after the “Nutrition Facts” label that is currently on food packages. The Lighting Facts label will provide information about:

• brightness;

• energy cost;

• the bulb’s life expectancy;

• light appearance (for example, if the bulb provides “warm” or “cool” light);

• wattage (the amount of energy the bulb uses); and

• whether the bulb contains mercury. The bulb’s brightness, measured in lumens, and a disclosure for bulbs containing mercury, also will be printed on each bulb

OPALCO Hosted PTCS Duct Sealing Class for Contractors

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Energy Services hosted a PTCS duct sealing class in partnership with ECOS Consulting. Contractors from around the region became PTCS certified in duct sealing and testing.  Energy Services staffers Anne Bertino and Elisa Howard attended the training.