Though it runs perfectly, Ric Temple’s Nissan Leaf can make him late. His electric-powered car rouses so much curiosity that Temple is regularly interrogated by passersby outside his South Philadelphia home. People take pictures of his car, as well as the charging station to which it’s attached. But Temple doesn’t mind—unless he’s in a hurry. He’s even taken the time to post an explanatory sign on the charging station to answer the frequently asked questions so, when he isn’t around, those who have their interest piqued can learn more.
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Department of Energy awards $1 million to New Jersey company to improve their ocean-harnessing technology
If you’ve ever felt the earth shake from a crashing wave or come up a bit green after being tossed around on a boat, you have an idea of how powerful ocean waves and currents can be.
The founders of Pennington, N.J.-based Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) have developed technology to harness and convert wave energy into a clean, renewable power source.
Grid #55 is out, with a cover feature that can save you thousands of dollars in incentives, rebates and low interest financing through energy-saving programs like PGW's EnergySense and PECO's Smart Ideas. Room by room, we'll show you how to make your home more comfortable, more efficient and more economical — and how to get paid to do it. There are also handy tips on ways you can make your home more energy efficient without costing a dime. Click on our handy Energy Savings Resource Guide, above, and see for yourself how much money is available. You can’t afford not to!
This issue also has a visit to one of our local turkey farms, and a handy guide to the local farms offering sustainably raised turkeys, and the retailers in and around the city where you can buy them for Thanksgiving.
There are plenty of other stories about great food, great people and great things happening in your community. And since it's October, there's even a slightly spooky cemetery walk. Grid #55 is on its way to pickup locations across the region, but you can start reading right here!
It might come as a surprise, but the folks at Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) don’t like it any more than you do when you get a whopper of a gas bill. Skeptical? Check out the raft of rebates and incentives PGW is offering to help cut back on wasteful (read: expensive) natural gas use, an especially pricey problem in old Philly houses with clunky, inefficient gas boilers and furnaces.
“It’s about helping customers become more efficient,” says Elliott Gold, manager of PGW’s Energy Efficiency Programs. “We want to help our customers afford their bill. We’d rather they pay 100 percent of a smaller bill than zero percent of a larger bill.”
Since 2011, PGW has invested $18 million in making Philly homes more efficient for residents who pay for natural gas at market rates, a process that has not only saved homeowners money, but also cut back on greenhouse gas emissions. When you include what’s been invested in low-income homes, where customers pay for gas at subsidized rates, the number is even higher. The funds come from a $60 million grant from the Public Utility Commission, which regulates companies like PGW. While the fund could dry up in 2015, PGW still has about $12 million to invest in market-rate customers’ homes and industrial and commercial buildings, and they’re trying to connect with consumers to prove the program is a worthwhile investment.
Here at Grid, we’re getting psyched for what’s become one of our favorite local food events: 2nd Annual Philly Farm & Food Fest. The celebration of all things delicious and sustainable, PF3 is happening in nearly three weeks on Sunday, April 14. Hosted by PASA and Fair Food, PF3 is also being offset with 100 percent local wind power credits provided by Clean Currents, one the region’s largest green energy providers.
Want to follow PF3’s clean energy example and, better yet, get a free ticket? If you sign up to power your home with 100 percent local wind energy between now and April 12th, Clean Currents will buy your ticket to PF3. As the region’s only certified B Corporation green energy provider, becoming a Clean Currents customer helps your community and planet.
To learn more about the farms, food producers and businesses that will be at PF3, check out the exclusive event guide featured in last month’s Grid. For more information and tickets, visit here. Information on rates and fees for Clean Currents can be found here.
And be sure to look for more special coverage on our blog as we count down the days to PF3!