SALEM – The Oregon Department of Energy is celebrating Earth Month and Earth Day with fellow Oregonians across the state.
ODOE staff share information about energy efficiency and conservation year-round, but April offers extra visibility for how saving energy at home and work makes a big difference in our environment and community. Representatives from across the agency will attend three events this month to talk about ODOE programs. Event visitors will learn ways to reduce their energy footprint and costs, find out how Oregon-grown potatoes can power an LED clock, enter to win a 4-pack of LED light bulbs, and sport a custom energy-inspired temporary tattoo:
- Saturday, April 16 from 11am – 2pm: Cannon Beach’s Twelve Days of Earth Day parade and street fair downtown, 115 N Hemlock in Cannon Beach
- Saturday, April 23 from 10am – 4pm: Marion County’s 17th Annual Earth Day celebration at the Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St in Silverton.
- Wednesday, April 27 from 6pm – 8 pm: Claggett Creek Watershed Council’s Discover Your Watershed event at the Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Rd. NE in Keizer.
At Marion County’s Earth Day celebration on April 23, catch ODOE Energy Analyst Roger Kainu’s presentation, Does Your Home Perform, or Just Have Character? Roger will help Oregonians understand how to improve home energy efficiency – and save money in the process. Learn about efficient heating and cooling systems, lighting options, indoor air quality, and more. Roger’s presentation begins at 2pm in the OAN Room at the Oregon Garden.
“For more than 40 years, the Oregon Department of Energy has been leading the state to a sustainable energy future,” said Director Michael Kaplan. “We’re proud to join Oregonians in celebrating Earth Day every day.”
There are several low-cost ways Oregonians can save energy and make a difference this Earth Day:
- Turn the thermostat down when you’re away and grab an extra blanket to warm up on those cool spring nights.
- Turn your water heater down to 120⁰ or turn on an energy-saving mode.
- Replace old incandescent or most-used compact fluorescent lights with more energy-efficient LED bulbs.
- Purchase ENERGY STAR-rated appliances at home and at work.
- Unplug electronics when they’re not in use (including that computer and phone charger!).
- Keep vehicles well-maintained and with properly-inflated tires to improve gas mileage.
- Research renewable energy options through local utility providers.
Oregon homeowners, renters, nonprofits, and business owners investing in energy efficiency or renewable energy may be eligible for ODOE loans, grants, or tax credits. Visit www.oregon.gov/energy to learn more.