10 episodes

Energy is invisible. But then again, it can be seen almost everywhere. Rethink Energy makes the invisible visible with stories from the people who take on some of our greatest energy challenges. Hosted by Jessica Abralind, Green Building Planner for Arlington, Virginia. A project of the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy.

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Energy is invisible. But then again, it can be seen almost everywhere. Rethink Energy makes the invisible visible with stories from the people who take on some of our greatest energy challenges. Hosted by Jessica Abralind, Green Building Planner for Arlington, Virginia. A project of the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy.

    The Gadget Guy - with Scott Sklar

    The Gadget Guy - with Scott Sklar

    Scott Sklar is a self proclaimed gadget guy. In his home, he has almost any clean alternative energy technology you can think of. On this episode, we visit him there, and he explains how he accomplished something almost no one else around here has... energy independence.

    This episode has just a taste of all of the systems at Scott's house. See links below for more info:
    http://www.thestellagroupltd.com/home/sklars-zero-energy-home-office/
    http://energy.gov/eere/videos/energy-101-fuel-cell-technology
    Arlington home energy rebates - environment.arlingtonva.us/energy/rebates/

    Music
    "Hurt Me" by Benjimanji is licensed under CC BY 4.0
    "The Wonder" by Dave Depper is licensed under CC BY 4.0
    " Cicadas in Rhododendrons on the Trail to Ghorepani, Nepal" by Samuel Corwin is licensed under CC BY 4.0
    "How it Fades" by Scott Gratton is licensed under CC BY 4.0

    • 10 min
    The Unexpected Benefits of Energy Efficiency - with Jonathan Cohen

    The Unexpected Benefits of Energy Efficiency - with Jonathan Cohen

    Happy Halloween! Today we aim to surprise and delight you with an episode about the unexpected benefits of energy efficiency. Who knows, one day it may save your life. Dun dun duuuunn...

    Jonathan Cohen works for our US Department of Energy on the Better Buildings Residential Network. In his work supporting local governments, nonprofits, and businesses he sees all of the benefits of energy efficiency upgrades. The obvious - lower energy bills, increase comfort - and the not so obvious...

    More info from this episode:
    Arlington Community Energy Plan - https://environment.arlingtonva.us/energy/community-energy-plan-cep/
    Peer Exchange calls - http://energy.gov/eere/better-buildings-residential-network/peer-exchange-call-summaries-0
    Incorporating energy efficiency into disaster relief efforts - http://energy.gov/eere/better-buildings-residential-network/downloads/incorporating-energy-efficiency-disaster

    Music
    "Hurt Me" by Benjimanji is licensed under CC BY 4.0
    "I'm What You'd Be Without Her" by Doctor Turtle is licensed under CC BY 4.0
    "Scary!" by Liz Deroche was generously created for this episode of Rethink Energy. Thanks Liz!
    "How it Fades" by Scott Gratton is licensed under CC BY 4.0

    • 9 min
    Feedback Episode

    Feedback Episode

    Are you skeptical of this whole energy efficiency thing? You aren’t alone. Change is hard, but here’s something you ought to know...on this episode we discuss comments from you, our listeners! Thanks for the feedback and keep it coming!

    More info
    Health Product Declaration Library - http://hpd.smithgroupjjr.org/Pages/default.aspx
    Living Building Challenge Red List - http://living-future.org/redlist
    Energy Vanguard blog on Indoor Air Quality - http://www.energyvanguard.com/blog-building-science-hers-bpi/do-energy-efficient-homes-cause-asthma
    The Latitude
    http://livewithlatitude.com/leed-benefits/

    Music
    "Hurt Me" by Benjimanji is licensed under CC BY 4.0
    "How it Fades" by Scott Gratton is licensed under CC BY 4.0

    Photo
    "Cat" by Rainer Stropek is licensed under CC Attribution 2.0

    • 7 min
    Care and Feeding - with Cathy Lin

    Care and Feeding - with Cathy Lin

    Cathy Lin, Energy Manager for Arlington Public Schools, shares with us how one of her projects saved the school system $50,000. Putting money back where it's needed most. She also shares her personal experience achieving Net Zero electricity at home, and the importance of building maintenance.

    NOVA Regional Science Fair
    https://www.apsva.us/post/green-scene-showcases-nova-regional-science-fair/
    How to Use a Programmable Thermostat - https://www.energystar.gov/products/heating_cooling/programmable_thermostats

    Music
    "Hurt Me" by Benjimanji is licensed under CC BY 4.0
    "Dog and Pony Show" by Podington Bear is licensed under CC BY 4.0
    "Telescope II" by Unthunk is licensed under CC BY 4.0
    "How it Fades" by Scott Gratton is licensed under CC BY 4.0

    Additional production assistance from Greg Dixon.

    • 11 min
    This is What the Future Looks Like - Discovery Elementary School

    This is What the Future Looks Like - Discovery Elementary School

    Steve Stricker from Arlington Public Schools gives us a tour of Discover Elementary School in Arlington, VA. This school is “net zero energy,” generating as much clean, renewable, solar energy as it uses each year. Zero fossil fuels. 100% fantastic.

    More Information
    arlingtonenergy.us
    Discovery Project - www.vmdo.com/discovery-elementary-school.html
    Solatubes - www.solatube.com/
    Cool ICF Construction video - www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LrlSR-Qm8o
    Geothermal - www.nrel.gov/workingwithus/re-geo-heat-pumps.html

    Music
    Permission for use of "I Spy" by the Singing Lizard was generously given by the artist.

    • 9 min
    Power to the People - with Aaron Sutch

    Power to the People - with Aaron Sutch

    Some neighbors organize block parties. These neighbors organized solar installations. On this episode, we talk with Aaron Sutch from VASUN and learn more about solar co-ops, an innovative solution that helps average citizens access solar.

    More Info
    arlingtonenergy.us
    Solar Co-op - VASUN
    www.vasun.org/potomac/

    Music
    "Hurt Me" by Benjimanji is licensed under CC BY 4.0
    "Telescope II" by Unthunk is licensed under CC BY 4.0
    "How it Fades" by Scott Gratton is licensed under CC BY 4.0

    • 9 min

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