Cooler Weather Means Energy Efficiency is Essential

As the weather cools down here in Ithaca, NY, energy efficiency is at the forefront in our minds. Now is the time of year that proper insulation and venting can make a huge difference in your energy bill. Or if you’re someone like Cal Walker, who tells the story of battling a huge ice dam on his house in Empowered, it can be a matter of life or death.

In this video clip, you’ll hear Cal Walker of Village at Ithaca and Gay Nicholson of Sustainable Tompkins discussing the very real effects of energy inefficiency in our community.

VIDEO: Ithaca Biodiesel

In this video clip from Empowered, you’ll learn about the evolving Ithaca Biodiesel Cooperative and their goals to turn waste veggie oil into environmentally-friendly fuel for the community.

Click here for more clips from the film, or buy the DVD to see the whole film.

VIDEO: Dacha Project

In this excerpt from Empowered: Power from the People, we interviewed Lily, Marina and Joe from the Dacha Project about their off-grid homestead. Learn about how 6 to 7 residents get by with one tiny solar panel and generator running waste veggie oil.

Click here to watch it on Vimeo, and be sure to share / comment! Click here to get the documentary on DVD.

VIDEO: Enfield Energy

In this inspiring excerpt from EMPOWERED: Power from the People, you’ll hear the folks who began Enfield Energy’s wind farm project (they’re now called Black Oak Wind Farm) discussing their location’s unique benefits and challenges, as they work to bring local, cooperatively-owned, sustainable green wind energy to Tompkins County.

VIDEO: “We’re the people with the solar panel”

“Empowered” Sneak Peek on Vimeo

Check out this short preview video for “Empowered”, a feature-length documentary work-in-progress about Tompkins County locals who generate their own power using solar, wind and other renewable technologies.

If you like this video and want to see more, please leave us a comment, and most importantly, share this video with your friends. We can’t wait to tell you all about our upcoming community sneak peek at Cinemapolis in Ithaca!