AMEA continues to provide Member city customers with tools and resources to help you manage your energy costs and be wise-energy users. Some of the resources in this section include information on Alabama’s Weatherization Assistance Program, Energy Savers and ENERGY STAR®, as well as energy-efficiency tips.
Alabama Weatherization Assistance Program
The Alabama Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is a federally funded program administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA). WAP is funded through a grant from the U. S. Department of Energy. ADECA contracts with local Community Action Agencies and the Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission to deliver weatherization assistance to low-income households in all 67 counties across the state. WAP’s mission is to reduce energy costs for low-income households, particularly for the elderly, people with disabilities, and families with children, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety. Alabama weatherization assistance typically includes mitigating outside air infiltration into the conditioned space of the home, installing attic, wall and floor insulation, sealing duct work, performing HVAC system tune-ups and repairs, repairing leaky and/or faulty windows and doors, and replacing incandescent light bulbs with highly efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs. Health and safety checks are also performed on the home. Want more information? Click here.
AMEA has identified other energy-efficiency resources and tips through the U.S. Department of Energy, such as Energy Savers, which can help you save money and energy each month. Be a wise-energy user by clicking here.
AMEA and its 11 Members have partnered with ENERGY STAR® to help promote the benefits of energy-efficient homes, buildings, products and services. ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. Results are already adding up. Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy in 2008 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 29 million cars — all while saving $19 billion on their utility bills. To learn more, click here.
ADECA Local Government Energy Loan Program
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs’ (ADECA) Local Government Energy Loan Program is available to any local government, city or county board of education, or pubic college or university in the state for the purpose of financing energy conservation projects in eligible facilities. For more information on the loan program, click here.
AlabamaSAVESTM Revolving Loan Program
AlabamaSAVES (Sustainable and Verifiable Energy Savings) is a unique new revolving loan program that will provide low-interest financing solutions for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout the state. Eligible entities are commercial and industrial businesses. To learn more about the program, click here.
For more information on specific energy-efficiency topics, click on the article below:
- Appliances still use electricity even when the power is off
- Deciding on furnaces
- Discover hidden air leaks
- Insulation provides important barrier
- Remodeling is opportunity to upgrade energy efficiency
- Use the power of computer ‘sleep’
- Make energy check a part of spring cleaning
- Tips to avoid air infiltration
- Cut your water heating bill
- Change a bulb for efficiency
- Craft a personal energy plan
- Improve your air conditioner’s efficiency
- Buy energy-efficient home appliances
- Look for energy-saving features on computer, printer
- Summer energy-saving tips
- ENERGY STAR Guides can save 20 percent on costs
- Reduce energy bill by reducing time of air conditioner
- Cook up some energy savings
- Energy-saving ideas for your dryer
- Refresh your air filter
- ENERGY STAR electronics use less energy
- Click your way to energy savings with Energy Depot
- When buying a TV, look for the ENERGY STAR label
- Save energy and money with a programmable thermostat
- Install a water heater blanket
- Install CFLs
- You have the power to control your energy bill
- Winter energy-saving tips
- Are you warming up with space heaters?
- Effective use of ceiling fans
- Weatherstrip old wood windows for energy efficiency
- Proper insulation is simple solution
- Energy-efficient ways to control holiday spending
- LED lights leave holidays safer, more efficient
- Save energy in the kitchen
- Zone your home for energy savings
- Match your chimney to your heating system
- ENERGY STAR lighting uses less energy
- Look for energy efficiency when buying a manufactured home
- Drying clothes the old-fashion way saves energy
- Inspect outside of home for energy leaks
- Total cost of home ownership should be considered
- Rid your home of energy bandits