October is Energy Month

October is National Energy Awareness Month as designated by the U.S. Department of Energy, and October 6th is Energy Efficiency Day.

Join Henrico Energy Management to celebrate on Wednesday October 6th from 11:30-1:30 in conjunction with the food trucks in the plaza between the Administration Building and the parking deck. Henrico Public Works, Henrico Libraries, Henricopolis Soil & Water Conservation, and Keep Henrico Beautiful will also be there to share information on their environmental programs. Insulated lunch bags (for first 100 visitors) and other fun gifts will be available. Please wear a mask when interacting with the representatives at the tables. If weather or health conditions cancel the food truck event, then the energy event will also be cancelled.

Energy Awareness Month is an opportunity to focus on the ways we use energy in our lives, and to be reminded of ways to save energy that we can practice all year round. Reducing energy use not only saves money, it also has environmental benefits such as improving air quality and conserving natural resources. There are three main energy awareness strategies: conservation, efficiency, and renewables. Here are some ideas to consider:

  1. Conservation – reducing energy use through simple behavior changes such as:
    1. Turning off lights that aren’t needed
    2. Setting back the thermostat
    3. Unplugging chargers and electronic devices when not in use
    4. Using power-saving settings on computers and printers
  2. Efficiency – making upgrades to perform the same tasks with less energy such as:
    1. Changing out older light bulbs to LEDs,
    2. Adding insulation or weatherstripping to keep conditioned air in
    3. Installing smart devices that adjust/turn off automatically
    4. Replacing inefficient HVAC equipment with new efficient models
  3. Renewables – changing from traditional utility energy to more sustainable renewable sources:
    1. Evaluate homes, businesses, and institutional buildings to see if they’re good candidates for solar systems

For more information about saving energy at your home or business, there are two local non-profit organizations that offer energy education, energy audits, efficiency measures, and support to go solar. Find resources at Viridiant at https://www.viridiant.org/ and Local Energy Alliance Program at https://leap-va.org/.

To learn more about what Henrico County is doing for energy, sustainability, and the environment, go to https://henrico.us/go-green/.  If you have any questions, please contact Henrico’s Energy Manager Carrie Webster at 804-501-5763 or web050@henrico.us.


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Earth Day and Energy Fair

Henrico County’s Spring Earth Day and Energy Fair will be held Saturday April 24 at Deep Run Park, Armour House at Meadowview Park, and Virginia Randolph Academy.  Visit any or all three locations between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM for fun, safe, outdoor activities and environmental education.  This event is co-hosted by Henrico Energy Management, Henrico Recreation & Parks, Keep Henrico Beautiful, and Henrico County Public Libraries.

All three locations will feature environmental information and resources, fun outdoor activities, and goodie bags.  Each attendee can take home a reusable insulated lunch bag full of information and gifts including care kits, activity sheets, a reusable water bottle, “Don’t Trash Virginia” sticker and magnet, and wildflower seed bracelets (while supplies last). 

At Deep Run Park, contribute to a community art project and see a variety of electric vehicles on display courtesy of Drive Electric RVA. Learn about tools and resources Henrico Libraries offers for checkout that can help you save energy at home, such as portable watt meters and thermal imaging cameras.

Virginia Randolph Academy and Museum marks the site of the first Arbor Day celebration in Virginia.  The Academy at Virginia Randolph will be showcasing their Career and Technical Education programs including the Horticulture program.  Visit the museum to learn all about Miss Randolph’s legacy and the historic trees located on the campus.

See spring in bloom at the gardens of the historic Armour House and visit with the Virginia Naturalists to learn about native vs. invasive plant species.  An expert in home energy and solar from non-profit Viridiant will be on hand to answer your questions about whether solar is right for you.

Soles4Souls will be collecting new or used shoes for donation to those in need.  Tech for Troops will be collecting used electronics, such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops and flat screen monitors in any condition, for refurbishment and donation to veterans. You can bring donations to the Deep Run Park location, or to Deep Run or Eastern Henrico Recreation Centers the week prior to the fair starting Monday April 19.   

The Earth Day and Energy Fair is free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine.  If you have any questions, contact the Henrico County Energy Manager Carrie Webster at 501-5763 or web050@henrico.us.

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