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SPG Helps Thwart Attack on EPA
Four amendments to de-fund EPA or eliminate EPA control of greenhouse gases were beaten back in the Senate, thanks in part to the efforts of the Air Action Team. Letters to the editor were written and sent, petitions signed, and a large number of phone calls were made to Senator Casey and members of the U.S. House. We organized a very successful demonstration in front of Senator Casey's Philadelphia office the day of a key vote. While the demonstrators were there, another team member called in to the Senator's office and the staff member they reached mentioned the demonstration outside, so we think our message got through. Way to go!
The last-minute scramble in Congress to pass a budget and avoid a federal government shutdown included good news on this front. The agreement did NOT impose any restrictions on EPA’s work to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.
The next steps for the Air Action Team are organizing house parties for fun and to invite new members, letters to the editor regarding Senator Casey's one "bad" vote against EPA (the amendment he voted for failed), and working on getting people to sign postcards for stronger mercury rules.
If you'd like to join the Air Action Team please write to JeanetteMacNeille@gmail.com. You can keep up to date on actions and information via our Google group without leaving your desk. Or, come meet everyone in person on Thursday, April 14th at 7:30 pm at the Whole Foods Market in Philadelphia. I will be going to the meeting via the Market Frankford El. Anyone else who'd like to come via subway is welcome, please write to JeanetteMacNeille@gmail.com and we'll arrange a place to meet.
Conserve Energy & Save Money
The cleanest way to meet our electricity needs is by getting the most out of the energy we already use. By planning well and using today's techology, we can cut our electricity consumption, save homeowners and businesses money and create thousands of new jobs. Improving energy efficiency lowers energy bills, eliminates the need for new power plants, increases our energy security and puts people to work.
PECO Smart Home Rebates are available on central heating, cooling, water heating equipment, refrigerators, clothes washers and room air conditioners meeting certain standards The list of eligible equipment is located on the PECO website The funding should last till May 2013.
Going solar with the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club and its solar partner Heat Shed, is a win, win, win, win
A win for you: You can free yourself from dirty energy and save on your utility bills with solar being more affordable than ever. If you go solar this summer, you'll get a special $500 discount from Heat Shed.
A win for Pennsylvania: The Sierra Club and its supporters can pump new life into the solar industry to create clean, good-paying jobs.A win for the planet: Powering your home with solar energy is the single best way to shrink your carbon footprint - the equivalent
of taking 1.5 cars off the road.
A win for the Sierra Club: Heat Shed will give $500 to the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club for everyone who goes solar
through this program. This means more money for the Sierra Club's important environmental campaigns in Pennsylvania.
Here's how it works:
Enter your address and energy use to get a free solar evaluation for
Your no cost, no obligation quote will explain your solar options and
Repower your home and America's future-go solar.
PECO Smart Driver Rebates will pay any residential customer $50 to register their electric car so PECO can locate where the cars are located.
The EV Project is funded by US Department of Energy to build a charging infrastructure for electric cars. They will be announcing in August that the Philadelphia area is now eligible for this funding. It will pay 100% of the cost of the charging unit and part of the installation cost. Since this is federal money, the installation labor must be at prevailing wage rates. Addition information is at wwwtheevproject.com. All installations must be completed by year end. The charging units are Blin models and will be connected to the Blink Network so the Department of Energy can track usage. PECO is also funding a limited number of units for local government which maybe coordinated with this project. This was still being reviewed by PECO last week.
The Phila Gas Works under their PGWorks program is offering rebates for high efficiency gas heating equipment for Phila customers. The rebates are $2,000 for a boiler and $500 for a furnace with an efficiency rating of at least 94%. Information and rebate forms are available at www.rebate-zone.com/pgworks. The rebates are for residential and business users. There is still over $700,000 of available rebates through August 2012. PGW will add additional funds in September.
Standard equipment normally has an efficiency rating around 80% and many older units are over sized so a properly sized high efficiency unit can reduce the use of natural gas.
Join Sierra Club Philadelphia's Clean Air Campaign
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