Aug 30

I was thrilled to present Sierra Club’s Energy Efficiency Star award to NES CEO Decosta Jenkins and the Power Board this week. NES has facilitated thousands of homes in making energy efficiency improvements through its InHome Evaluation program: http://www.tva.gov/ee/in_home_eval.htm

Here is the picture, followed by the press release:

Photo caption: Jeff Barrie, Middle Tennessee Coordinator of Sierra Club's Healthy Energy Campaign presents the Sierra Club's "Energy Efficiency Star" award to Decosta Jenkins, CEO of NES.

Pictured left to right:
Samuel Howard, NES Power Board Chairman, Jeff Barrie of Sierra Club, Decosta Jenkins, NES CEO, Lisa Purcell, Director of Nashville Energy Works (NEW) at Hands On Nashville, Jaclyn Mothupi, Director of the Home Energy Savings Program at HON, and Mark Deutschmann, Owner of Village Real Estate.  Not pictured: Tom Cullen, Sierra Club

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2013

CONTACT: Jeffrey Barrie
(615) 438-5060 or jeff@kilowattours.org

Sierra Club Honors Nashville Electric Service
NES Named “Energy Efficiency Star”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club has presented Nashville Electric Service (NES) with the Energy Efficiency Star Award for its leadership and work to help households take advantage of cost-effective opportunities to improve the efficiency of their electricity usage. The award was presented to Decosta Jenkins, President & CEO of NES, at the August NES Power Board meeting on Wednesday August 28.

“The Sierra Club thanks NES for its dedication to the fastest, cleanest and most affordable energy solutions available,” said Jeffrey Barrie, an organizer with the Sierra Club’s Tennessee Healthy Energy Campaign. “NES has been a state leader in the In-Home Energy Evaluation Program, which is benefiting consumers and the environment every day. The opportunities for energy efficiency technologies and programs are enormous. The Sierra Club looks forward to working with NES and other local power companies to achieve even higher energy savings.”

In 2012, NES was ranked first among the Tennessee Valley Authority’s 155 local power distributors for homeowners following through with energy audit recommendations and installing measures to save electricity. NES also completed the second most number of energy audits through the In-Home Evaluation program.

“We’re constantly striving to help our customers save energy and reduce their utility expenses,” said NES President and CEO Decosta Jenkins. “The Sierra Club shares our commitment to energy efficiency, and we’re honored to be recognized as a leader.”

The successful In-Home Energy Evaluation program – offered by NES in partnership with TVA – reduces power usage and provides cash incentives and financing assistance to homeowners who install energy-efficiency upgrades.

Recent survey results show that 78-percent of participants across the Valley were highly satisfied with the program. Additionally, 57-percent noted they would not have implement energy-efficiency measures at home without the In-Home Evaluation program in place.

According to TVA, participants have been able see a reduction in their energy usage by about nine-percent, which amounts to over 1,300 kilowatts in savings per year.

The Sierra Club appreciates NES’ commitment to reducing customers’ bills, avoiding the need for additional power plants and creating real environmental benefits through energy efficiency,” said Jonathan Levenshus, Senior Campaign Representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign.

The Sierra Club’s Tennessee Healthy Energy campaign seeks to expand the energy-efficiency opportunities available to Tennessee households, businesses and industry. The campaign works with power distributors, TVA and the public to improve the quality of life in our region through wider adoption of energy efficiency.

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Aug 16

As I develop an update and sequel to the original Kilowatt Ours documentary, I have been paying attention to emerging energy trends in America, and will share some of my findings with you from time to time. Also in this email, please note below that I am clearing out my inventory of older eco-documentary titles I produced in the 1990s, making them available at cost for donors who would like to give a copy or two to local libraries or schools.

You may recall this scene of a power plant demolition in Kilowatt Ours (http://www.kilowattours.org/script_chapter8b.php — 40 seconds into the video clip). Back in 2003 when I was producing KO, I had to go to all the way to Germany to find this awesome footage. Recently, my friend Danny Orlando (Energy Star Specialist), sent me this link of a similar demolition of a coal fired power plant closer to home… in Florida. Check it out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Icuy8cYI1ZM

Second, this recent news report on public radio indicates a significant shift among energy consumers towards energy conservation and efficiency and away from more dangerous forms of electricity generation.
http://nashvillepublicradio.org/blog/2013/08/05/tva-says-drop-in-power-sales-start-of-a-long-term-trend/

Third, if you would like to donate one of my older titles (Generation Earth and/or Arctic Quest) to a local library or school, I am clearing out my inventory of these DVDs at cost. I want these DVDs to find good homes. When you donate $10 or more at http://www.KilowattOurs.org/donate.php, I will ship you either title or both. Please email me to indicate your preference: jeff@kilowattours.org

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Apr 12

Enjoy.

My second podcast

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Apr 11

Enjoy!  and thank you for listening — 5 minutes

My first podcast

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Mar 12

There are just four more opportunities to attend a home-energy-improvement workshop presented by Kilowatt Ours and Urban Green Lab this spring.  Please come, and tell your friends about it.  These fun, informative ENERGY-SAVING WORKSHOPS show how you can make simple changes in your home that result in noticeable savings on your energy bills.  No cost to attend.

  • Free energy-saving products for participants
  • Learn tips you can put in place immediately at no cost
  • Presented by Kilowatt Ours and Urban Green Lab
  • This non-profit initiative is made possible by generous support from the following: Memorial Foundation, Bridgestone/Firestone, Constellation Energy, E3 Innovate, LightWave Solar, & Village Fund
Saturday March 23, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Inglewood Public Library
4312 Gallatin Pike, Nashville 37216
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Tuesday, March 26, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
South Inglewood Community Center
1624 Rebecca Street, Nashville 37216
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Saturday April 27, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Inglewood Public Library
4312 Gallatin Pike, Nashville 37216
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Tuesday, April 30, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
South Inglewood Community Center
1624 Rebecca Street, Nashville 37216
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Feb 19

Jeff Barrie will be presenting a home-energy-savings workshop in Charleston WV this weekend as part of East Charleston’s home energy contest for homeowners.  See the links here, and the poster below for more info.  Please come!

https://www.facebook.com/EastEndE4

http://www.charlestonareaalliance.org/economic-development/vision2030/energy/e4/

Also, Jeff Barrie will be leading the discussion following  a Kilowatt Ours screening in Athens, Georgia on Tuesday, 2/26.  Here are the details: Saint Gregory the Great , Tue. 2/26 @ 5:30pm in Fellowship Hall , 3195 Barnett Shoals Road

For more info: andrew.s.lane@us.army.mil

BarrieWorkshop_23 Feb


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Jan 25

Attend a fun, informative ENERGY-SAVING WORKSHOP that shows how you can make simple changes in your home that result in noticeable savings on your energy bills.  Brought to you by Urban Green Lab and Kilowatt Ours.  No cost to attend.

  • Free energy-saving products for participants
  • Learn tips you can put in place immediately at no cost
  • Presented by Kilowatt Ours and Urban Green Lab
  • This non-profit initiative is made possible by generous support from the following: Memorial Foundation, Bridgestone/Firestone, Constellation Energy, E3 Innovate, LightWave Solar, & Village Fund

WHEN: Saturday February 16, 10:30 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Inglewood Public Library

4312 Gallatin Pike, Nashville 37216

WHEN: Tuesday, February 19, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: South Inglewood Community Center

1624 Rebecca Street, Nashville 37216

WHEN: Saturday March 2, 10:30 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Inglewood Public Library

4312 Gallatin Pike, Nashville 37216

WHEN: Tuesday, March 5, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: South Inglewood Community Center

1624 Rebecca Street, Nashville 37216

WHEN: Saturday March 23, 10:30 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Inglewood Public Library

4312 Gallatin Pike, Nashville 37216

WHEN: Tuesday, March 26, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: South Inglewood Community Center

1624 Rebecca Street, Nashville 37216

WHEN: Saturday April 27, 10:30 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Inglewood Public Library

4312 Gallatin Pike, Nashville 37216

WHEN: Tuesday, April 30, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: South Inglewood Community Center

1624 Rebecca Street, Nashville 37216

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Jan 9

I am Jeffrey Bond, and I just started as an intern for Kilowatt Ours. I am currently a senior at Vanderbilt University majoring in Human and Organizational Development. I look forward to contributing to the mission of the organization as well as learning a lot in the process.

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Nov 14
I love putting up lights during the Holiday Season.  How about you?  Perhaps the most ardent energy conservationists abstain from the practice of stringing up the holiday cheer, but I can’t resist.  I enjoy the quiet radiance of their festive colors and the ambience of their warm glow.  Thankfully, the LED varieties make this tradition MUCH more energy efficient.  I walked into Kroger and did a box-to-box comparison of LED C-9 outdoor holiday lights versus the traditional C-9 incandescents, and here are the facts:
Incandescent C9 outdoor lights:
16 feet and 25 lights per $9.00 string, and they are guaranteed for 180 days of usage.
175 Watts per string.
pretty, and energy intensive

C9s are delightfully nostalgic. Are they worth expending 36x the energy?

LED C9 lights:
21 feet and 50 lights per $11.00 string, and they are guaranteed for 25,000 hours of usage (equivalent to 2,250 days of usage).
4.8 Watts per string.
C9 LEDs have their own charm and save you greater than 95% on energy costs
I admit that I love the feeling of nostalgia that comes with the traditional C9 light bulbs, but I have been putting up the LEDs for several years, and the festive-cheer-factor is just as heartwarming as the old fashioned bulbs.  Add in the savings, and LEDs have become my favorite during the Holidays.
Happy Holidays!
Jeff

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Sep 7

I am pleased to announce that Kilowatt Ours recently received a $10,000 grant from Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) to support our goal of delivering 8 energy conservation workshops to low-income households this Fall and Winter.

In order for us to succeed, Kilowatt Ours seeks to raise an additional $10,000 through individual donations and small grants to make this initiative a smashing success. Will you help? Your donations will help us provide energy conservation kits and educational materials to participating families.  You may donate here, at this link.

One of our workshops in the 2011-2012

Most exciting to me is that the data and results from this workshop series will allow us to provide helpful information to TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) as TVA explores ways to bring effective educational outreach programs like ours across its entire region of 8+ million energy customers.  This is a wonderful opportunity for us to use our work as a model for success on a much larger scale.

I will keep you posted as our workshops kick off in November.  In the meantime, thank you for considering supporting this initiative.

Jeff Barrie

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