So a few things, first: ever wonder what sort of lighting options you can use in your home? I know I hate the lighting in my bedroom, probably because we have a compact fluorescent in the overhead lamp and it looks so cold. Sometimes I miss incandescent light bulbs. Anyway, AMP! and CASA have a free workshop to tell you what your light options are. Now if they can only figure out a way to get my kids to turn off lights…
AMP and CASA Invite You to a Free Workshop on Lighting Options for Your Home
Lighting technology is catching up with the 21st century, giving us lighting that is better, more efficient, and longer lasting. In fact, new light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are rapidly transforming the lighting industry. Join AMP and Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda (CASA) for a free workshop on the latest effective and energy efficient lighting options for your home and how these options can lower your electricity bill.
The workshop will be on Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 6:30-8:30p.m. in Community Room A/B of the Alameda Main Library, 2226 Santa Clara Ave. For more information, please call 814-6415 or visit AMP’s website.
Learn about lighting options that may decrease your energy bill and increase comfort and well-being from the Principal of Lighting Wizards, Stan Walercyzk.
Stan will teach you how to read lighting labels and calculate energy use of many common products, including incandescents, halogen, flourescent, compact flourescent, and newer LED technology.
Stan has over 24 years of experience in lighting and energy efficiency regulations, and has completed over 500 lighting projects including military facilities, K-12 schools, colleges, hospitals, office buildings, single-family houses, and much more.
And in case you didn’t know the City of Alameda is hosting their annual budget challenge again. Whee!
So, I didn’t know that the point of the budget challenge was to actually balance the budget instead of using the tool to signal to the City what my priorities are regarding spending in the City. If I knew that the goal was to just balance it regardless of priorities I would have just started hacking at all the budgets in order to “win”, so to speak.
Looking quickly through the budget challenge, there is no way to raise revenue out of the budget hole unless you raise the sales tax by .5% which the City already tried once and was unsuccessful at accomplishing. Anyway, take a click around and see what you can come up with.