El Llamado a la acción 

La campaña 50 por 25 es un llamado a la ciudad a tomar medidas sobre el cambio climático, aumentar la energía renovable y hacer que los costos de energía en el hogar sean económicos a través de programas de energía eficiente. Consulte a continuación para conocer los tres objetivos principales. 

También queremos promover un cambio cultural que aliente las acciones creativas y individuales para reducir las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero y el consumo general y aumentar la participación y el empoderamiento de la comunidad. Estas acciones pueden incluir reduciendo el consumo de carne, viajar por bicicleta, tener jardin en casa, volar por avion menos, comprar localmente, reducir la compra y el uso envases de plástico, etc. 

50 by 25 has been working on multiple fronts to boost energy efficiency within Harrisonburg, such as:

  • Coordinating with Charlottesville's Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) to set the foundation for a program providing assistance to local residents seeking to improve their energy efficiency

  • Insert other examples here

Weatherization

Many houses in the U.S. suffer from some form of structural flaw, be it leaky pipes, drafty windows, or poor heating. These issues not only make your house less of a home, but also undercut your home's energy efficiency, and can often lead to you being hit with utility bills far larger than what you should rightfully be spending.

LED Lightbulbs

We're probably not the first group to tell you about these, but it bears repeating nonetheless. LED lightbulbs are capable of producing the same level of light as their incandescent counterparts at a fraction of the energy cost. Each bulb you replace with an LED equivalent can save you around $10 a year on electricity (and considering how many lightbulbs the average home has, those savings can add up quickly.

Computer Usage

Leaving your computer on when you're not actively using it can put a serious drain on your household's energy consumption. Make sure to put your devices in sleep mode—or power them off completely—when not in use.

Resources

If you're looking to learn more about energy efficiency, consider checking out the following organizations for more comprehensive overviews of the subject:

  • Earthcraft is a building certification program with construction tenets designed around maximizing energy efficiency. They offer blueprints for everything from single-family housing to small-scale commercial spaces. You can access their housing manuals here

  • The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy's Energy Saver website is designed to provide consumers with reliable information on energy efficiency methods. You can access the site and its resources here.