August was the hottest month on record for some of us, while others braced ourselves for the likes of hurricane Irene and earthquakes! Unfortunate power outages aside, saving energy is always a hot topic during the dog days of summer. See what we've been talking about in August:
New or Notable on Energy Savers
- Energy Savers has launched a campaign with the Ad Council to promote awareness about how saving energy saves money. Our new Saving Energy Saves You Money tab on Facebook has great interactive content such as videos, quizzes, and energy saving tips. Check it out!
- We have a new section on Energy Savers: Lighting Choices to Save You Money. Learn about today's energy efficient light bulbs and how they can save you money at home.
On the Blog, In Case You Missed It…
- “Saving Money by Saving Energy” Goes National
- Feeling the Heat... From My TV Set
- New Local Incentive Search Widget: DSIRE
- Saving Money on Your Energy-Saving Upgrades
- Oh, the Joys of Energy-Inefficient Smartphone Ownership!
- Energy-Saving Projects in My Community
- Back to School!
Weekly Questions—Did You Share Your Answer?
- Have You Seen Our New Interactive Facebook Promotions?
- How Much Energy does Your TV Set Use?
- Have You Taken Advantage of These Incentives Yet?
- Have You Seen Energy Efficiency Improvements in Your Neighborhood?
From the Archives:
- Stars on TV—ENERGY STARS®, That Is.
- New TV Guide - EnergyGuide, That Is
- Watch the Watts: Tips for Buying a New Television
- Michael commented on Have You Seen Energy Efficiency Improvements in Your Neighborhood?: "I live in the state of Wisconsin and we have numerous wind projects ongoing throughout the state. It provides sort of a surrealistic feeling, but is quite essential to our growth and sustainability!"
- And John commented on the same post: "What an amazing project! I live in Westminster, MD, and over the past few years I have seen many projects. Energy Saving community events are always going on somewhere. But the most exciting project that I have been a part of was working on a $92,000 state grant that provided low-moderate income home-owners each with an energy audit and retrofit. They saved a lot of money, learned a ton about home performance, and we even identified and corrected several cases of asbestos and gas leaks. It was great to be a part of a project that brought our community together for something that was positive for everyone."
Andrea Spikes is a communicator at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which assists EERE in providing technical content for many of its websites.