Our Building Overhaul isn't just about looks. We are excited to be updating the nature center in ways that not only make it more educational, comfortable, and welcoming, but also more energy efficient! The best part is, the steps we are taking are all things that could be easily implemented at home - significant energy savings can be achieved even without a major renovation. Small changes can add up to make a big difference, especially if we all pitch in.
Next time you're in our nature center, take a minute to look up and admire our sleek, new LED lighting. While LED bulbs do cost more than other options, the higher up-front investment is paid back through long-term energy savings of up to 65%. These lights are brighter despite using less energy than our old fluorescent tubes, and could last up to 25 years - here's to never having to change the light bulbs! A change like this is a win for the environment and a win everyone who is making the switch to household and business LED lighting.
Ductless HVAC System
One of the most significant upgrades is the building's heating and cooling system. We used to have a series of fans and portable AC units that struggled to keep the building cool, and an electric fan heater that was very loud and certainly didn't do anything to help keep the electric bill down. A new ductless heating and cooling unit is a perfect solution for our space - very quiet, energy efficient, and programmable so that we can optimize use according to when we will be in the building. A similar system could be a great choice for a home renovation or HVAC replacement.
Other Green Practices
The Charlotte's Quest team will also be re-vamping and highlighting some existing green features.
- Our compost bins - used to convert food and yard waste to useful fertilizer - are ready to be put to use.
- When the weather warms up the rain barrel will once again be collecting rainwater so we can use it in the gardens.
During your next visit, we hope you check out our green features and perhaps be inspired to try some at home!