- List of renewable energy and green building tax incentives provided by partner Terrazia.
- Save-a-Ton launches its free Partnership Program
- View entries from the winners of the Save a Ton Energetic Ideas Poster Contest
- Save a Ton won an award from the Virginia Press Association!
- View our News Release (PDF - 128 KB).
Why do we care about saving a ton? Well, cutting your energy bills is one of the easiest things you can do to squeeze more money out of your household budget. Everything from simple lighting changes, to setting your thermostat back, to taking the bus to work now and then can cut your utility and gas bills from 10% to 50%. In many cases, it's the simple stuff - stuff that costs you little to no money upfront - that can result in the biggest savings.
But you probably knew that already.
What you may not know is that saving money on your energy bills can be an important way to bring money back to your community, to support your local businesses and the friends and neighbors who depend on them.
For example, did you know that most of what you pay for a gallon of gas leaves the region? The money you pay doesn't really translate to a profit to your neighborhood gas station, nor does much of it hang around in the form of state or local taxes. Most of what you pay at the pump makes its way back to the oil refineries and production sites to cover extraction or shipping, meaning your dollars make their way down to Texas, Louisiana, and across the ocean to points beyond. That's money that could be spent at local businesses for local goods and services.
Even though most of the electricity in our region comes from burning coal, over 80% of it, Virginia has very few coal-based jobs. Paying that electric bill means sending money out of Virginia. As electric rates rise to cover the increased cost of extracting and shipping coal, the more money that leaves Southwest Virginia.
Saving money on your energy bill not only makes your household stronger, it keeps your hard-earned money here in Southwest Virginia. Even better, most businesses that can help you with the next steps of saving energy - from weatherizing your home to getting solar panels installed on your roof - are local jobs that can't be outsourced elsewhere.
The links, ideas and resources on this site can help you save money. There's even an energy-saving calculator to keep track of your results.
But it's not just about putting more green in your pocket. By making simple changes in how you live and work, you'll help to maintain the high quality of life we enjoy in the Roanoke Valley.
So, go ahead, save a ton. Then share your successes and hints on our Facebook page.