Mar 13 2021

Lights Out Texas: Statewide (March 1-June 15)

Mar 1 2021 - 11:00pm to Jun 15 2021 - 6:00am

Lights Out Texas launched last spring, led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The program encourages homeowners, building managers and businesses to turn out outdoor lights from March 1 to June 15  from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. during the spring bird migration in Texas. Turning off interior lights or closing drapes and shutters will also help to reduce light pollution. The peak migration window is between April 19 to May 7.


Friends of O.S. Gray Natural Area: Community Workday - Arlington

Mar 13 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
O.S. Gray Natural Area
2021 W. Abram
Arlington , TX

We will be working on our native vegetation restoration project in Rosser’s Meadow and our pollinator gardens. We’ll also be pulling privet and picking up litter.

Even thought state mask mandates have been removed we encourage everyone to adhere to safety guidelines - observe social distancing, wear a mask if you can't maintain distancing, please stay home if you are not feeling well.

Info: [email protected]

North Texas Renewable Energy Group: 'Grid Down? No Problem! Extreme Weather Residential Resilience' - Zoom

Mar 13 2021 - 10:00am
Zoom TX

Presentation Theme: "Grid Down? No Problem! Extreme Weather Residential Resilience."
Presentation 1: "Efficiency = Resilience"
Presentation 2: "Hybrid Off-Grid Living"
Presenter 1: Paul Westbrook, RE:Source Design, LLC

Presenter 2: Mike Renner, Designer/Builder/Owner of a "hybrid" off-grid home.

About Our Presentations:
February 2021 was a month for the record books. Statewide, Texas citizens experienced the coldest temperatures in more than 50 years. Widespread power outages left many people in the dark for days.
Two NTREG members have very energy efficient homes. They survived the weather unscathed. Paul Westbrook and Mike Renner are going to share their stories about their homes, and how energy efficiency helped them survive the storm.
About Our Presenters:
Paul Westbrook isn't an architect. He's a homeowner who had a dream. He pursued that dream by designing his passive / active solar home near Fairview, Texas. Paul's design was so effective, it won the 1996 National Association of Home Builders Energy Value Housing Award for Innovative Design in a warm climate. Equipped with a geothermal HVAC system, solar hot water, and numerous other energy efficiency measures, Paul will share information about his home, and how its efficiency helped in the record cold of February, 2021.
Mike Renner also had a dream. He too designed and built a home near Weatherford, Texas. Mike's home is unique. With the flip of a switch, it can go from grid-connected to off-grid operation relying exclusively on solar energy and wind power for electricity. Mike's home is equipped with solar panels, a wind turbine, and solar hot water. His design also includes a solar-heated greenhouse and a large rainwater capture system.

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