Dear Ecological Community Member,
First, let me start by wishing you a Happy New Year! A great way to start the New Year is by taking stock of last year's energy and water consumption and setting reduction goals for 2011. It's a great way to save money this year. We have two items to share with you in that regard.
1) We are hosting a workshop on Saturday, January 8, 2011, at the Fayetteville Public Library, from 1 pm to 3 pm. The workshop is free and open to the public, so please share this with anyone who might be interested in reducing their utility bills this year. The workshop will help participants:
· Set up their personal utility dashboard in Earth Aid,
· Set target reduction goals for electricity, natural gas, and water for 2011,
· Establish a plan for reaching reduction goals,
· Provide information about rebates, coupons, and tax incentives to help make energy efficiency upgrades more affordable.
2) We have launched a New Year's Energy Resolution for 2011. This is a more detailed pledge that is focused exclusively on energy consumption for 2011. Mayor Jordan has made a New Year's Energy Resolution and we are hoping that many more people will join him. As Mayor Jordan noted in a January 2 article in the Northwest Arkansas Times, "If Fayetteville residents could achieve a 10% reduction in their utility bills, it would mean a savings of over $200,000 per month and that adds up to over $2 million per year. That's money that stays in our local economy." Energy efficiency creates new green jobs, too. To make a New Year's Energy Resolution, go to www.ecologicalcommunities.org and click on "Make Your 2011 New Year's Resolution" or go directly to the pledge form by clicking http://eco.walton.uark.edu/pledge/resolution.asp. We'd like to collect 200 or more New Year's Energy Resolutions. You can help us reach our goal!
Let's make 2011 a banner year for saving energy and saving money!
Applied Sustainability Center
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701