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350 kWhrs Saved!

SEEDS 350 kWh SAVED! project is conserving and creating energyin NEPA! Here is the explanation we’ve been passing around to let people know all about it. For a list of the past newsletters participants have received, click here.

You are invited to participate in the SEEDS “350 kWh Saved!” Project.

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support) is looking for at least 350 families in Northeast Pa. to reduce their electric bills by at least 350 kilowatt hours (kWh). So far, 50 families have signed up and four families have achieved savings of over 350 kWhrs.

What you get out of it: You save money on your electric bill, and when you save your first 350 kWh, you will receive a discount card for incentives from 13 area businesses, and every time you save 350 kWh, your name will go into a hat for a door prize drawing in Spring of 2011. Biggest prize will be a $5,000. value solar thermal system. There is the added bonus that you will cut air pollution.

SEEDS has set up a process to make it easy for you:

Sign up for the program

* Send a message to seedsgroup@gmail.com.
* Put “350 Signup” in the subject line.
* In the body, put your name, address and email. If you want us to use an email other than the one you are sending it from, please give us that address.
* We will enroll you in the program and send you one e-mail a month with updates and tips on saving electricity. (Your contact info will not be shared with anyone else.)

Check your electric bill

* Compare your current electric bill with the one from the same month in 2009. See if you have cut your electricity use. You can do this on-line or on your paper bill.

Online

o Go to http://www.pplelectric.com/ and log in. If you haven’t signed up for an online account yet, go to myPPL on the top menu. You will need your PPL account number when you sign up the first time.
o Scroll down to the bottom 2/3 of the page and click on Bill History.
o This new page will give you a 13 month history of your kWh usage.
o Subtract the first number from the last to get the number of kWhs you have saved.

Monthly Bill: If you do not want to use the internet, use your monthly electric bill.

o Look at the average kWh use to the right of the bar graph on the first page of the bill.
o Subtract the 2010 number for this month from the 2009 number for this month
o Multiply this number by the number of days in the box above it—it will be between 28 and 32.
o This will give you the number of kWhrs saved this month.

Not a PPL customer?

For those of you in northeast Pa who do not have PPL as your electric billing company, tell us how you can show your electric savings. (Your billing company is the one that provides usage information, even if you have elected to buy your energy from an alternative source.)

Prove your savings: Once you have saved 500 kWhrs—this might take 2 or 3 months–bring the bar graph part of your bills to:

o SEEDS booth at Audubon Arts and Crafts Festival, July 17 & 18 10 – 5 each day
o SEEDS booth at Sidewalk Sales in Honesdale, July 22, 23, 24.
o Wayne County Fair (in the Red Barn with all the vegetable displays)

Questions? Call Michele at 224-0052 or e-mail SEEDS at seedsgroup@gmail.com.

Tuesday, April 27th, 2011 7pm-9pm Wayne Conservation District Office in 648 Park Street, Honesdale PA 18431

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So, will wind power work? How do we get it? What are the costs? What are the pitfalls? These are questions that will be addressed at this first forum of 2010 presented by the group SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support). The Park Street Complex (formerly the Stourbridge School) is located at 648 Park Street just west of Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Speakers will include Greenfields Energy Solutions of Mayfield, PA, Sandy Babuka of Trehab Renewable Energy in Montrose, and two homeowners who have installed windmills: Steve Adams of Tyler Hill and Michael Wood of Beach Lake, PA.

“Our very first forum held back in 2008 was on small scale wind power, and, by the large numbers of people attending, we knew we were dealing with a subject people were really interested in,” says Michele Sands, the chair of SEEDS. “But, the technology has advanced in just the last few years, so we thought it was time to discuss wind power again, especially when energy costs are blowing us away.”

The event is open to all, and free-will offerings will be appreciated. Refreshments will be served.

 

 

 

Do something really green this year!

Please join us at 12 PM ET at the Meyers Pavillion in Honesdale on Wednesday, 3/17. We will officially launch our project that will see 350 kW of renewable installed in Honesdale this year, as well as encouraging local families to save 350 kwH of energy on their electric bills year over year.

See you there to hear about all the details! (Or click the link at the top to read our separate 350 page.)

First, there were 18 people in all who came out last night for the candlelight vigil in Central Park in Honesdale to show support for action on climate change. Here is the picture we took for the 350.org website:

And next week, December 15 from 6 to 9 pm, there will be a potluck hosted at Journey’s End farm in Sterling to discuss strategies for moving forward with a Transition Town initiative in the area.

All are invited to bring a candle to Central Park, Honesdale at5 PM on Friday, December 11th to join a vigil for hope during the climate change talks being held in Copenhagen. SEEDS is holding the vigil locally, while 350.org is calling for similar events around the world.

Here in northeast Pennsylvania, our Maple and Black Cherry trees are already being challenged by the effects of a carbon-overloaded atmosphere, and are expected to disappear completely within our children’s lifetime when the climate here will be similar to that of present-day Alabama and Georgia, according to a recent report specific to Pennsylvania published by the Union of Concerned Scientists. While we are already getting a taste of devastating floods in our region, countries like the Maldives and Bangladesh will soon be devastated and are fighting for their very survival.

“Our atmosphere has almost 400 parts per million of carbon, mainly from fossil fuel burning for electricity and cars,” says SEEDS chair, Michele Sands. “We need to get down to under 350 to continue life as we know and love it in northeast PA. SEEDS is promoting renewable energy sources and sustainable food choices locally, but we need our government leaders to respond to the urgency of our situation, here and in Copenhagen.”

CNN called the previous worldwide 350 event in October the biggest day of political action in the planet’s history. Several local groups including SEEDS took part, SEEDS announcing an ambitious plan to encourage installation of 350 Kw of renewable energy in our local area within a year and save just as much through conservation.

“We hope these vigils will surpass the October action,” says Kathy Dodge, organizer of the local vigil. “And this will be as easy as a walk in the park. So, please come with your candle or lantern to help send a message to Copenhagen.”