Success Stories

When the original SCPW challenge was announced in 2016 (with the aim to win the national prize offered by Georgetown University), we completed the energy survey online, attended a public presentation on solar panels and hired AlpenGlow Solar to install a 3 x 8 solar array on the roof of our home in Silver Springs. We swapped nearly every bulb in our house with new LED bulbs. In the summer of 2017, we added another 8 panels to our array, making it 4 x 8. In the fall of 2017 we purchased an all-electric vehicle with the intent to truly be able to drive around Summit County with no emissions being generated by the vehicle or the electric energy source. This past fall, we upgraded our 30-year old home gas furnace with a modern, modulating, energy-efficient model which includes a smart thermostat. I'm sure there's more we could be doing; nonetheless, we feel good about taking some initial steps to reduce our carbon footprint and make a drop in the proverbial bucket (barrel!) that is man-influenced global warming.