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Louisa County GO GREEN
Programs and Policies

Louisa County is dedicated to conducting daily maintenance and operations in a way that will aid in the preservation of our environment both locally and globally. During the 2015 calendar year the Department of General Services has registered as an Energy Star Partner and implemented new green policies and procedures. In addition, the department has also completed efficiency evaluations of County facilities to ensure that we can make decisions that will improve our facilities performance and efficiency.

Louisa County has also participated in the 2015 Go Green Government Challenge. The challenge, offered by the Virginia Municipal League, is a friendly competition designed to encourage implementation of specific environmental policies and practical actions that reduce the carbon emissions generated by local government and our community. Many of the actions are not only good for our environment but improve efficiency and save local government dollars.

Louisa County is pleased to announce that it is one of six statewide recipients of a 2015 Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) Go Green Award. The Green Government Challenge was designed to encourage implementation of specific policies and practical actions to protect the environment and promote energy efficiency by local governments and the broader communities they serve. The winning counties are:
Albemarle County Arlington County Chesterfield County
Henrico County James City County Louisa County
  • This is the seventh year VACO has participated in the program, which was started in 2007 and called "Go Green Virginia".
  • "The winning counties represent a growing group of localities that believe in taking innovative steps to reduce energy usage and promote sustainability" VACo Executive Director James D. Campbell said. "We are proud to be a part of this exciting program."
  • "I would like to thank Jeff Ferrel and all County Staff involved in the achievement of this VACO Go Green Award", said Louisa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Tommy Barlow. "It is nice to have Louisa County recognized for a job well done. Also, congratulations to Supervisors Ms. Stephanie Koren and Mr. Dick Havasy for their individual VACO awards."
  • "This is a well-deserved recognition of a County-wide effort under the coordination of our General Services Director to improve system efficiencies, develop enhanced procedures, and lower energy costs in general", said Louisa County Administrator Christian Goodwin.
  • Visit www.GoGreenVA.org for more information.
Energy Audit Reports and Renewable Energy Site Survey Reports
Energy Audit Reports use our utility bills, building information, localized weather and other factors to develop efficieny ratings. A complete review of HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing and insulation components is conducted and compared against efficiency trends. These reports are used as a decision making tool to improve building efficiency and save local government dollars.

Louisa County is teaming with LEAP or offer Solarize Louisa Solarize Louisa is a campaign that is focused on bringing solar energy to our community. Through process education, group purchasing, and low interest loan programs LEAP will help our community take the next step forward into renewable energy. You will be given all the tools to improve you homes efficiency and guided through the process.

Renewable Energy Site Assesment Surveys are reports generated to analyze the potential of alternative energy sources at county sites. Solar Power, Solar Heated water and Wind Power options have been evaluated at several county sites.
Reports generated with the help from:
Energy Starís Portfolio Manager Software
For additional information and resources please visit www.energystar.gov
National Renewable Energy Labratoryís PVWatts Calculator and SAM (System Advisor Model)
For infomation about county reports and audits please contact the Louisa County General Services Department
Solarize Louisa
Louisa County is teaming with LEAP to offer Solarize Louisa

Solarize Louisa is a campaign that is focused on bringing solar energy to our community. Through process education, group purchasing, and low interest loan programs LEAP will help our community take the next step forward into renewable energy. You will be given all the tools to improve you homes efficiency and guided through the proces.

Look for Solarize Louisa Website Coming Soon!

For additional information, please visit leap-va.org
What Can I Do To Help?
Top 10 Ways I Can Help the Environment
  1. Recycle everything you can! Recycling old material is good for our conservation of natural resources and limits the amount of material disposed of in our county landfill.
  2. Properly dispose of household waste. Littering or dumping trash where it doesnít belong is not only an eyesore for the community but can impact the quality of our groundwater, streams and lakes.
  3. Proper lawn care- Do not over water or over fertilize your lawn. Cover or stablize areas that do not already have grass. Chemicals, loose dirt and silt can migrate into our ground water, streams and lakes.
  4. Good Auto Maintenance- Repair leaks quickly, hazardous chemicals that drip onto the street, parking lot or your driveway can enter and polute the groundwater.
  5. Upgrade Your Appliances- Maybe itís time for that new washer or refrigerator. When buying a new appliance look for the Energy Star logo to ensure you are buying an efficient product. Often a new appliance will cost less on your energy bill than your old one.
  6. HVAC sytems are great at keeping our homes cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Close vents in areas that are unoccupied and be sure to keep windows and doors closed if the system is on. If your house is set at 70 degrees in the summer move it up to 71 or 72 and similarly in the winter. a 2 degree change can greatly reduce your homes energy consumption and your electric bill.
  7. Collect rainwater-If you are a gardener or like to water plants and grass, install a rain rain barrel to collect water from your homes gutters. You can keep watering the vegtables and flowers and the best part... Rain Water Is Free!
  8. Change your light bulbs-Recent advances in energy efficient bulb have lowered the purchase price and improve the options and quality. A high efficiency bulb may cost a little more up front but can last for years and save you dollars on your electric bill.
  9. Proper Septic System Maintenance- Make sure your system is being checked by a professional annually. When properly maintained a system can work very efficiently and last for decades. If neglected, damaged systems can pollute the groundwater and cause a costly repairs or replacement.
  10. Volunteer! Find out what you can do to clean up litter, educate or otherwise benifit your community.
For additional environmental information, recommendations or educational packets please print information below, visit the sites below or pick up information at a county refuse and recycling center and Clean Community Commision event.
http://water.epa.gov http://www2.epa.gov/recycle http://www.epa.gov www.energystar.gov
www.deq.virginia.gov https://www.nrel.gov
 
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