The BIG Sale Energy Efficiency Mini-Grant was created in 2007 after community partners expressed an interest but lack of funds to improve the energy efficiency of their facility and organization. The mission of this grant is twofold; it’s designed to provide support for the Don’t Throw it Away program that feeds The BIG Sale at the university as well provide financial assistance for energy efficiency initiatives resulting in long term savings for community partners.
- Energy efficiency is a way of managing and restraining the growth in energy consumption. Something is more energy efficient if it delivers more services for the same energy input, or the same services for less energy input. For example, when a compact florescent light (CFL) bulb uses less energy than an incandescent bulb to produce the same amount of light, the CFL is considered to be more energy efficient. http://www.iea.org/topics/energyefficiency/
- Energy efficiency is not energy conservation. Energy conservation is reducing or going without a service to save energy. For example: Turning off a light is energy conservation. Replacing an incandescent lamp with a compact fluorescent lamp (which uses much less energy to produce the same amount of light) is energy efficiency. http://eetd.lbl.gov/ee/ee-1.html
Applications for the Big Sale Energy Efficiency Mini-Grant become available in the spring semester of each year. Contact the ACT Office at 828-262-2545 for more information.
Photo: The Hospitality House with its solar panels that were funded by ACT's Big Sale Energy Efficiency Grant and Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation