Monday, June 21, 2010

Home Weatherization - Save the planet, save money.

Thank you to everyone who came out last month to the Booksmart and Green Drinks collaborative No Impact Man events. There was a great turnout at both the film & Colin Bevan's visit. None of these events would have been possible without the help of our sponsors. Thank you Circle Cinema for providing the space, set up, and take down. If you have not caught a film there (really???), please treat yourself soon! Buy an organic cookie while you're there - they're yummy. Thank you to smart center Tulsa for underwriting our fliers. And a huge thanks you Joshua Lee for photographing the events!

Have you noticed that lately there has been a lot of talk about tax rebates, home weatherization, cost savings, & energy efficiency? There are many ways to save big on your home energy bills, and right now is a great time to start doing so. It's surprising how simple it can be. Small home improvements will lighten the load on our power grid, cut down on CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gases. Small changes make a big difference not just in our bills, but for the planet.

During July's Green Drinks, AEP PSO will explain the home weatherization incentives that are being offered to residential customers. Some of those include HVAC tune ups, adding insulation, and replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents.

We will also get to tour a home that is seeking triple LEED Certification. The home was purchased and remodeled by University of Tulsa, Environmental Sciences Graduate Student, Chad Burden. Chad has renovated this home, inside and out, to make it one of the most energy efficient planet saving homes in T-town. From the windows and doors, the thermostat to the HVAC unit, the appliances to the water saving devices, this home will rock your organic cotton socks off!

July 14th from 5:30-7:30pm at 3530 E 21st Place. Catering from Elote. Door prizes. Education. Networking. Money saving tips.

Chad will provide a brief presentation, in addition to AEP's. You're going to learn so much about how to green your home this should count for some kind of continuing education credit!!! For more information on the home and his thesis project visit Also be sure to look for our ad in the upcoming issue of Tulsa People Magazine and Urban Tulsa Weekly!

Thank you in advance to our sponsor, AEP, who will be providing catering from Elote. Elote uses local organic ingredients, compostable take out and catering ware, and sells local beer and signature cocktails at their cafe in downtown Tulsa. What a treat to have them at Green Drinks - learn about green building while eating local food. Heck, ride your bike to this midtown location and you call yourself carbon negative for the day!

As always, Green Drinks is free and open to the public. Sustainable Green Country will also be present, with Local Food and Farmers Market Guides. SGC puts a lot of heart and soul into all these events, along with the film series, Local Foods Week, and Buy Fresh Buy Local. Please consider making a donation.

Now would be a good time to mark your calendars, because Green Drinks is booked through 2010. On August 11th at 5:30pm, Green Drinks will be held at smart center, where you can learn more about the smarts (aka those cute little cars that use very little fossil fuel). September 8th is your chance to see what Oklahoma Magazine has dubbed "Heaven on Earth" - aka, The Canebrake (!!). Tour the facility, get there early for a yoga class, and relax on the patio while you enjoy live music and top notch hors d'oeuvres from the kitchen, which uses local organic food. (I just visited this past weekend and let me tell you, folks - it's sweet.) On October 13, we'll pick up where we left off in July and learn more about energy audits for your home. John Abdo of Pro-Energy Consultants will be our special guest speaker. November 10th is your chance to check out the new bar at Elote. The bar itself was made of recycled materials, and this already great location will continue to serve delicious local food and drinks. on December 8th, cozy up with some locally roasted coffee at Topeca as we listen to how they address social responsibility and environmental stewardship in their practices.

July 14th from 5:30-7:30pm at 3530 E 21st Place. Catering from Elote. Door prizes. Education. Networking. Money saving tips. What's not to love? See you there.