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Energy

iStock_000004788253Medium_revIt's no surprise that the rising cost of fossil fuels and their environmental impact is driving a global transition toward renewable energy. But if you're feeling a touch of déjà vu, you're not off base – we've done this all before. Our ancestors used whale blubber to light and heat their homes. Then the whale population dwindled and blubber became too costly (plus the whales were dying out), so we switched to kerosene. Later we replaced kerosene with electricity from coal and natural gas, and eventually became dependent on petroleum.

Now the shift is toward renewable energies like solar, wind power, and nuclear. The technologies are still developing, and many are already available with government rebates and energy company incentives to boot. Use this section to learn about the opportunities and decide what makes the most sense for you.

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Renewable Energy Option for Napa County

The Napa County Board of Supervisors will soon consider joining Marin Clean Energy (MCE) to bring a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program to residents and businesses in the unincorporated area of Napa County.

Napa Valley Museum Sees the Light

Lighting is a hot topic in museums across the country, including the Napa Valley Museum, located in Yountville. As many of us convert to light emitting diode (LED) lighting in our homes and offices, museum administrators and curators responsible for exhibition lighting are confronting a big, expensive decision. They know LEDs significantly reduce energy consumption, maintenance costs, and waste, but the initial investment is substantial—and how will these lights affect the artwork?

Get Enlightened about Lighting

Energy-efficient lighting choices lower utility bills and lessen the burden on nonrenewable energy sources. Trends indicate that incandescents are being phased out so being prepared with knowledge about alternatives that save energy, save money in the long run, and have exceptional light quality is a "bright" idea.


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SNC Events and News



SNC featured on Comcast "Newsmakers"
Want to know more about Sustainable Napa County, how the organization got started, and what we are up to now? Watch ... More >
Energy savings pay off for school district
How is the Napa Valley School District saving nearly $300,000 a year?  Through energy efficiency of course! ... More >

Other Events and News



Gasser Goes Green: Conservation features and so...
Feb 21, 2009 Gasser Goes Green Conservation features and solar panels installed By KEVIN COURTNEY Register Staff Write... More >
Napa City Council makes history
Adopts city’s first mandatory high performance building ordinance On December 2, 2008 the Napa City Council... More >



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