Arlington Going Green – Earth Day 2012: Local, Social, Technical, Practical

A.C.E: Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment

Opower: Share Your Energy Use

Nest: The Smart Thermostat Green Living Tips

With Earth Day weekend upon us it is the perfect time to take a look at what you can do to reduce your footprint, and get involved in the community. In the slidshow above, and the descriptions below I break down ways you can get involved in Earth Day 2012 locally, socially, technically, and practically.

ACE: Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment:

If you are looking beyond your own walls and day to day behaviors to have an impact on the environment? Chances are A.C.E. has some volunteer opportunities that will match your interests. With single day opportunities as well as year long initiatives, there are also plenty of opportunities to match your availability. Not a lot of time on your hands? Making a donation is always an option.

OPOWER: Go Social With Your Energy Use & Compete With Friends.

Based in Arlington, OPOWER has taken their efforts well beyond local, and even national borders. Though much of what Opower offers makes it to consumers via their local utility provider, you don’t have to wait for your utilities partnership with Opower to get connected and get learning and competing right now. Opowers social solution allows you to compare your energy use to that of others in similar homes, to share your results on Facebook, and to start building groups of folks with whom you can compete with. Get sharing today!

NEST: The Thermostat That Apple May Be Jealous Of

The Nest Learning Thermostat programs itself in a week and turns itself down when you’re away. Nest helps you understand how your home uses energy so you can save more.

You have to see and research this one for yourself. There is no way I can do the Nest Thermostat justice here. The buzz has been growing around Nest with pieces done by The New York Times, Wired Magazine, and others. More Than Policy, EPA Has Practical Advice

The EPA has long had a robust set of tips and advice that folks can follow to reduce their environmental footprint. However, their recent layout chances on the website have made finding the information you are interested in much more user friendly. Whether it’s building green, or just reducing your water use there are suggestions for you.

On this Earth Day weekend maybe find a day where you can do some Arlington park cleanup with A.C.E. , get competing with friends over your energy bills, ogle over a great looking thermostat, and consider committing to one or two things that you can easily adopt into your everyday life.


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