Saving Energy, Saving Money

ENERGY SERVICE CORPS MAKING A DIFFERENCE—In 2011, WISPIRG Energy Service Corps members worked with more than 2,000 Wisconsin homeowners to reduce their energy consumption and lower their energy bills.

Saving Wisconsinites Energy and Money

In Wisconsin and across the country, we have enormous potential to save energy in homes and businesses. We are asking citizens to help our efforts to save consumers money and help to solve our country's energy problems by getting involved in WISPIRG Foundation's Energy Service Corps in a community near you.

Last fall, WISPIRG Foundation launched this new project because, due to insufficient community outreach capacity, many residents remain in the dark about opportunities to save money and help the environment through energy conservation.

WISPIRG Foundation Energy Service Corps mobilizes college students to fill this gap, identifying individuals that can benefit from available efficiency initiatives and providing education, assessment, weatherization services to those not reached by existing capacity.

Energy consumption rose 53% in Wisconsin from 1970 to 2007.

By taking a number of easy steps, Wisconsinites could realize similar levels of energy conservation:

• Through home weatherization — air and duct sealing, insulation and window replacement — Wisconsin could cut energy use for home heating by 20%;

• By requiring all new furnaces to meet federal Energy Star standards and to include high-efficiency fans, could save enough energy to power well over 30,000 homes;

• By replacing five conventional incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent versions in every home could reduce electricity use for residential lighting by 25% — saving enough to power more than 50,000 homes;

• By implementing these solutions, and by adopting minimum appliance energy standards, the typical Wisconsin home could reduce its energy consumption by 20-40%.

Issue updates

Media Hit | Safe Energy

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Green Group Sows Lesson in environmental conservation

Steve Heimerl never was one to take up a cause. In high school, he stayed away from student government, never joined a club or became involved in any other civic engagement. That is until the unlikely activist found his passion: the environment. Now the 20-year-old is part of a statewide energy conservation movement that is teaching thousands of Wisconsinites, from school-age children to senior citizens, that a healthy environment and a sustainable future are in everyone's best interest.

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Report | WISPIRG Foundation | Safe Energy

Unacceptable Risk

A new report released today by the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group documents a history of safety problems at nuclear reactors in the United States. These incidents – like the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan – illustrate that nuclear power carries with it risks that are simply not worth taking.

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News Release | WISPIRG | Safe Energy

Nuclear Power: Not Worth the Risk

A new report released today by the United States Public Interest Research Group documents a history of safety problems at nuclear reactors in the United States. These incidents – like the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan – illustrate that nuclear power carries with it risks that are simply not worth taking.

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Report | WISPIRG Foundation | Safe Energy

The High Cost of Nuclear Power

With the state considering solutions to reduce our global warming pollution, a new WISPIRG report finds that renewable energy sources can produce far more electricity than nuclear plants for less money.

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News Release | WISPIRG | Safe Energy

New Report Shows Building New Nuclear Plants Is A Bad Investment

With the state considering solutions to reduce our global warming pollution, a new WISPIRG report finds that renewable energy sources can produce far more electricity than nuclear plants for less money.

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Media Hit | Safe Energy

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Green Group Sows Lesson in environmental conservation

Steve Heimerl never was one to take up a cause. In high school, he stayed away from student government, never joined a club or became involved in any other civic engagement. That is until the unlikely activist found his passion: the environment. Now the 20-year-old is part of a statewide energy conservation movement that is teaching thousands of Wisconsinites, from school-age children to senior citizens, that a healthy environment and a sustainable future are in everyone's best interest.

> Keep Reading
News Release | WISPIRG | Safe Energy

Nuclear Power: Not Worth the Risk

A new report released today by the United States Public Interest Research Group documents a history of safety problems at nuclear reactors in the United States. These incidents – like the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan – illustrate that nuclear power carries with it risks that are simply not worth taking.

> Keep Reading
News Release | WISPIRG | Safe Energy

New Report Shows Building New Nuclear Plants Is A Bad Investment

With the state considering solutions to reduce our global warming pollution, a new WISPIRG report finds that renewable energy sources can produce far more electricity than nuclear plants for less money.

> Keep Reading
Report | WISPIRG Foundation | Safe Energy

Unacceptable Risk

A new report released today by the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group documents a history of safety problems at nuclear reactors in the United States. These incidents – like the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan – illustrate that nuclear power carries with it risks that are simply not worth taking.

> Keep Reading
Report | WISPIRG Foundation | Safe Energy

The High Cost of Nuclear Power

With the state considering solutions to reduce our global warming pollution, a new WISPIRG report finds that renewable energy sources can produce far more electricity than nuclear plants for less money.

> Keep Reading
Report | WISPIRG Foundation | Safe Energy

The Power of Efficiency

Aggressive energy saving policies would provide for ongoing economic stimulus, saving consumers money, creating jobs and driving Wisconsin’s economy, according to a new Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG) report.

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