Some History on the energy-saving challenge, known as “The 10% Challenge“
After meeting with Melissa Everett of Sustainable Hudson Valley, who introduced the 10% Challenge idea to us, we contacted town and village boards, the three school boards, and the three public libraries to ask for their support. We had resolutions of support and/or plans for reducing energy use from:
- Town of Warwick
- Village of Warwick
- Village of Florida
- Village of Greenwood Lake
- Albert Wisner Library
- Florida Library
- Warwick Valley School District
- Florida Union Free School District
- Greenwood Lake School District
- The Warwick Chamber of Commerce also supports the campaign and donated money for posters, which we placed around town.
We assigned liaisons to each of these groups and checked in with them periodically.
We held an Energy Fair at the Albert Wisner Public Library with exhibits, talks, and activities for children. A small group of people attending signed on to the challenge and agreed to be a focus group. They met monthly to discuss and plan.
Bill Makofske, who taught energy and solar design courses at Ramapo College, and a Building Performance Institute course, was our resident expert. He assisted by writing an article on saving energy, and submitted another article to the two local newspapers. He also did brief energy audits (free of charge) and consulted with some of the supporters above, and with a local synagogue.
We received good coverage by our local newspapers and continued to have more articles and letters to the editor on saving energy and renewable energy sources. We took part in the Earth Day event at the Albert Wisner Pubic Library.
Some Success Stories
Accomplishments of supporters of the challenge:
Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton
- Lowered thermostat in cold weather, raised thermostat on air conditioning, conserved electricity, replaced incandescent bulbs with CFLs (compact fluorescents), had a solar hot water heater installed
- Replaced all windows in Town Hall and Police Dept.
- Will continue to monitor; but expected savings on heat is 25-30%, and a reduction of 8% on electricity
Village of Greenwood Lake Mayor Barbara Moore
- Lowered thermostat in cold weather, raised it for air conditioning, replaced appliances with more efficient models.
- Orange & Rockland, through its Small Business Energy Efficiency Program, replaced all of lighting fixtures with compact fluorescents in 10 Municipal buildings.
Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard
- Insulated Village Hall, installed more energy efficient pumps in water and wastewater systems, and soon installed 3 solar lights and 1 LED light in the South St. Parking lot
Village of Florida Mayor Jim Pawliczek (Information provided by Building Inspector, Adrian Mateosian via Gloria McAndrews.)
- Replacing lamps and ballasts
- Put new, programmable thermostats in the Senior Center for more efficient use of AC and heat
- A new, more efficient boiler was installed at the Village Hall
- Installed a new belt press at the sewer plant which is much more efficient, utilizing far less electricity
- Intalled high efficiency heating and cooling and lighting systems in the Village Hall addition.
Florida Union Free School District Superintendent Diane Munro and former Superintendent Douglas Burnside
- Through an energy efficiency program with Honeywell, improved insulation and sealing.
Florida Public Library Madelyn Folino, Director
- Installed more efficient lighting
- Insulated a shaft that ran from the basement to the attic
- Replaced entrance foyer and porch lights with LED bulbs
- Replaced front floodlights with sensor lamps
- Installed reflective blinds on all windows to reduce a/c load
- Wrapped the hot water heater and basement water pipes with insulation
- Purchased four Kill A Watt EZ testers, which patrons can borrow to check out their electric usage at home.
- Showcased free brochures from the NYS Public Service Commission on energy use.
- Highlighted the 10% Challenge in the Fall 2010 Newsletter
- Purchased many new titles on “green” topics
Albert Wisner Public Library Rosemary Cooper, Director
- Had already designed a building for energy efficiency and a geothermal heating system not requiring fossil fuels.
- Supported the 10% Challenge with educational materials and publicity.
- Hosted our 10% Challenge kick-off event last October
- Had educational campaign on energy, including purchasing books on energy, purchasing Kill-a-watt devices, book displays, book mark with recommended books on energy, and programs on energy.
Greenwood Lake Union Free School District Superintendent Dr. Richard Brockel
- Replaced an old oil heater in the elementary school with a new efficient model that uses natural gas, for a reduction of approximately 50% in energy savings for heating, and a 67% savings in CO2 emissions.
Warwick Valley Central School District Superintendent Dr. Raymond Bryant and Ed Sattler, Teacher on Special Assignment for Environmental, Conservation, and Energy Education
- Replacement of light bulbs with high efficiency bulbs, occupancy sensors to control lighting, weatherization, an energy management system which remotely controls temperature and ventilation when rooms are unoccupied and optimal start of heating systems, controls on the kitchen hood fans, computer management system allowing for remote shut‐off during periods of non‐use, water valve controllers to conserve hot water in school kitchens, a co‐generator which produces electricity as it heats pool water, and high efficiency transformers and automated compressor controllers.
- Educational programs on energy
- Expected annual savings for Energy Savings Project $299,115 (figure as of Jan., 2011)