Sitka Conservation Society
May 03 2012

Weatherization 101: Programming You Heater

Weatherization 101 is a six part series produced by the Sitka Conservation Society and the City and Borough of Sitka Electric Department to help Sitkans increase their energy awareness, conserve electricity, and save money.  Links to all six videos are below.

The State of Alaska has set a goal of achieving a 15% increase in energy efficiency per capita by 2020.  This effort is especially important in Sitka because the demand for electricity exceeds supply.  This effort is also important because the community has set goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  In an effort to help Sitkans take steps to reducing their energy use and save money on energy costs, SCS has teamed up with local partners to create a series of “how-to” videos.  The partners in the project include the City of Sitka Electric Department, Sitka Girl Scout Troop 4140, and local contractor Marcel LaPerriere.

Weatherization 101:  Programming your Heater

You can save up to 10% of your space heating bill by turning your heater 3 degrees lower for only 8 hours a day.  This video demonstrate how to use a programmable thermostat on a Toyo Heater.

 

Weatherization 101: Lightbulbs

Weatherization 101: Hot Water Heater

Weatherization 101: Choosing the Right Type of Caulking for SE Alaska

Weatherization 101: Caulking with Troop 4140

Weatherization 101: Home Breaker Panels

Video by Andre Lewis.

 

May 01 2012

Volunteer with the Wilderness Project

Interested in volunteering with the Community Wilderness Stewardship Project?  Here are a couple of ways to get your hands dirty protecting you local Wilderness Areas:

Heading out into the Wilds on your own? If you are planning to get out hunting, hiking, fishing, paddling, etc. in a designated Tongass Wilderness Area (like West Chichagof-Yakobi or South Baranof) please consider downloading, printing, and filling out our Encounter Monitoring Form (PDF).  Recording how, when and where folks are using our Wilderness Areas can give us a base-line to chart increases or decreases in human impact.  Just follow the instructions on the form and record the boats, planes, people, and human impacts you find.  Then, return the forms to us.

Want to join the SCS Wilderness Crew on a trip?  Occasionally, we have extra room for volunteers to join the Wilderness Crew on research expeditions.  If you would like to add your name to the list of volunteers we contact when such opportunities arise, fill out the Volunteer Form and Medical History Form below and return it to adam@sitkawild.org.  Also, be sure to take the short (10-15 min) course which allows volunteers to ride in Forest Service aircraft (most of our trips involve small plane flights) and watch the Boat Safety Video.  Please keep in mind that only current SCS members can join a Wilderness trip, so make sure you join or renew your membership!

Volunteer Form (MS Word)

Volunteer Form (PDF)

SCS Volunteer Waiver and Medical History Form (PDF)

USFS Flight Protocols: A-102: USFS Alaska Region Fixed Wing Safety Course * see instructions at the bottom of this post.

Volunteer Gear Checklist (MS Word)  If you will be attending a trip, be sure to check out this gear checklist.

 

* Aviation Training Instructions

1.      Go to this link and register as a user: https://www.iat.gov/Training/user.asp    Fill in the required boxes.  For “Bureau/Agency/Unit” enter: Forest Service, Region 10 Alaska Region, Tongass NF.

2.      Once registered, make note of your user name and password and log-in to the website.

3.      Go to the “On-Line Courses” list and scroll down to USFS ALASKA/REGION 10 SPECIFIC COURSES.  Click on “A-102: USFS Alaska Region Fixed Wing Safety”

4.      Complete the course.  At the end, click on the link to take a short quiz.  After passing the quiz, you will receive an email from “IAT Admin” that includes some instructions for locating your completion certificate.  Please email an electronic copy of your certificate to adam@sitkawild.org.

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