Reduce home energy use by 20% with free web app

Today is the 44th celebration of Earth Day–a day when we celebrate our planet and demonstrate support for environmental protection. In order to celebrate Earth Day every day, the Earth Day Network and WattzOn, an energy engagement platform, have teamed up to create a FREE web application that helps families save energy and money. Through simple, personalized recommendations, the Earth Day Network EnergyCenter, available HERE, helps users take control of their energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint.

“This year we want to empower our network to make an impact on energy use, and are challenging families to reduce their consumption by 20%,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network. “It’s a big goal, but most families can save through simple habit changes and small home projects, and the Earth Day network EnergyCenter is a great tool to learn how.”

To get started, users answer a few questions about their home, such as the year it was built and square footage, in order to create a home profile. The EnergyCenter provides tailored recommendations for saving energy and an individualized action plan for more efficient energy use. Users are also able to connect the app to their utility or enter their utility bill information in order to stay up-to-date on their progress and track their savings.

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Other features include:

  • a Learning Center with informational articles on everything from dishwashers and lighting to efficient televisions and air ducts. that allows users to compare their car’s fuel efficiency against others to see how much they could save.
  • a Rebates Center with information and links to the latest rebates and tax credits available nationwide and in your region or state.
  • a Solar Advisor with cost-savings estimates and other information concerning home solar energy.
  • a My Car app, which allows users to determine the fuel efficiency of their vehicle and compare it with other makes and models.

Like many web applications, the EnergyCenter is also available for iPhone and Android. For more information or to sign up, visit

WattzOn is a personal energy management platform that helps companies, communities and individuals save money and energy. By combining advanced technology, behavioral science and powerful data and analytics, the company provides innovative energy management solutions or consumers, businesses and government agencies.

Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network (EDN) works to protect our planet and its people every day. EDN is a recognized leader in environmental education and in creating civically-oriented innovative programs with partners outside the environmental movement to tackle new challenges.


WAPA seeking transmission project proposals

Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) is seeking new applications from project developers interested in obtaining a loan to construct new or upgrade transmission lines and related facilities that promote the delivery of clean, renewable power. WAPA has $3.25 billion borrowing authority under the Transmission Infrastructure Program (TIP). The TIP was recently revised and details were outlined in an April 7 Federal Register notice.

TIP leverages WAPA’s depth of transmission project development experience and expertise, along with its statutory borrowing authority, to advance projects aimed at expanding and modernizing the electric grid to facilitate the delivery of reliable, affordable power from renewable energy sources. The TIP “is separate and distinct from Western’s power marketing functions, and each eligible project must stand on its own for repayment purposes,” WAPA said in the notice.

To be eligible, prospective projects must meet, at minimum, the following criteria:

  • Deliver or facilitate the delivery of renewable energy resources
  • Have at least one terminus (geographical point) in Western’s service territory
  • Demonstrate a reasonable expectation of repayment
  • Not adversely impact system reliability or operations
  • Serve the public interest
WAPA Administrator Mark Gabriel

WAPA Administrator Mark Gabriel

“The doors are wide open. It’s time to solve the energy infrastructure needs for our nation’s future,” said WAPA Administrator Mark Gabriel. “Industry investments made today, like those offered through TIP, will ensure stability and reliability in the future.”

Applicants can either submit a project proposal and initial payment for the application review process, or submit a project proposal and business plan with full payment. WAPA’s staff will review the proposals quarterly and respond to applicants within 30 days of reviewing submissions.

For more information or how to apply, click here.


Engage students on energy use with APPA/DEED webinar

On Wednesday, April 23, American Public Power Association‘s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED) program will hold a webinar on a recently completed grant, “New Program Options to Engage High School Students on Energy Usage.” The webinar will begin at 1:00 pm CST.

The webinar will discuss an ElectriCities of North Carolina project that developed a hands-on, interactive experience enabling students to learn how weather affects electricity usage. The project, known as E-Tracker, was the creation of Phil Bisesi, residential energy services supervisor for ElectriCities. He worked with local schools to educate future customers on the correlation between weather, home appliance loads and their electric bill. ElectriCities also developed a promotional video to explain the E-Tracker project.

The webinar may be of interest to utilities interested in becoming involved with their local schools, or to those who want to educate future customers about energy usage. It is worth 0.1 continuing education units and 1.0 professional development-hour credits. It is free to DEED program members and costs $89 for APPA members. Non-members can attend for $179.

For more information or to register, visit under Webinars or email


League of Minnesota Cities accepting nominations for excellence awards

Each year, the League of Minnesota Cities honors the special achievements of cities and city leaders. Entries are currently being accepted for the City of Excellence Awards, C.C. Ludwig Awards, and Leadership Awards.

The deadline to enter is April 30. Entry guidelines and brochures can be viewed and downloaded at

City of Excellence Awards

The City of Excellence Awards recognize cities for programs that have helped their cities progress. Awards are given in three different population categories and by one special topic, which is different each year. The 2014 Topical Category is “Engaging Citizens in the Budget Process.”

About C.C. Ludwig and Leadership Awards

The C.C. Ludwig Awards recognize elected officials who have made significant contributions to Minnesota city government. Similarly, the Leadership Awards honor appointed city officials who have gone above and beyond the call of duty for their community.

Read more about the awards in the current issue of the LMC’s Cities Bulletin.

League MN CitiesThe League of Minnesota Cities is a membership organization dedicated to promoting excellence in local government. The League serves its more than 800 member cities through advocacy, education, training, policy development, risk management and other services.