How to Zero Your Electric Bill

October 15, 2016 • 1:30-4:30pm, Palmer

COST: $20 for ACAT members |$40 for non-ACAT members | Additional fee for CEU credits of $20/credit

indexLED_deletesoonDESCRIPTION: Long time Palmer-based Architect Jason Collins, a certified Energy Auditor and a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional, will provide step-by-step instructions on how to save money on your electric bill. This includes lighting, appliances, heating and plug loads. The list will be prioritized in order of cost effectiveness and simplicity. We’ll use a real world example of a Valley home that went from an average of 26kwh/day down to 3kwh/day, saving the homeowners about $1,500 a year. Once we’ve done energy conservation steps, we’ll look at how to offset your electrical use with solar power.
**This workshop qualifies for 2 CEU credits for residential endorsement.** More info: or 229.1982 Register here


This workshop will look at:
    •  Electric Loads and Reductions

      1. Plug Loads – managing and controlling phantom loads
      2. Lighting – changes from incandescent to CFL to LED
      3. Appliances – replacing appliances with Energy Star
      4. Heating Equipment – impact on electrical loads
      5. Other Equipment – other loads like GFCI’s, electric fence, hot tubs.

      Solar Photovoltaic

      1. How it works – general info, utility connection
      2. System Sizing – how much energy can I make?
      3. Zeroing Out – how to get to zero energy with Solar PV


JASON COLLINS, Architect, Energy Rater, AIA LEED AP • Palmer, Alaska

jasonJason is a registered Architect, a certified Energy Auditor and a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional. He has been practicing in the field of Architecture for over 12 years with 7 years of projects in the Mat-Su Valley. He has a broad range of experience in project scales ranging from full campus master planning, to large-scale new construction, to small renovations, including his own Palmer area solar-powered home. Much of his focus has been on environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient design and construction. He has worked on two LEED projects in Alaska. In 2008, Jason formed Collins Architecture + Energy Conservation LLC to provide residential architectural services as well as energy ratings. Since then he has been providing residential energy ratings through the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation program. He has also been working with non-profit organizations and church groups to perform commercial energy audits to help them reduce their capital operating expenses.