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Old Homes Become Newly Energy Efficient

Old Homes Become Newly Energy Efficient

 

Two old homes with new energy-efficient technology were unveiled Wednesday in Las Vegas.

The two homes are owned by the city of Las Vegas and have been retrofitted with energy-saving upgrades. The effort is part of the Department of Energy’s Building America Retrofit Alliance and a program by the Nevada Energy Star Partners-GREEN Alliance. One home reduced its energy use by at least 50 percent.

"It was an energy hog home which gave us a lot of opportunity to improve it. It leaked every bit of air-conditioning air that we put into it,” President of Nevada Energy Star Partners-GREEN Alliance Annette Bubak said. “We added foam insulation up against the roof line so it was like a cocoon.”

Pictographs at Red Rock Restored

Pictographs at Red Rock Restored

Important pictographs damaged by vandals last year have been restored at Red Rock National Conservation Area.

Thursday the Bureau of Land Management will show how the significant cliff etchings were restored. The BLM brought in experts to remove the spray paint without damaging the rocks. The bureau's archaeologist will detail the techniques used to clean up the area while making sure the one-of-a-kind art wasn't damaged. 

Hikers found the graffiti last November in rocks about 17 miles from Las Vegas. Archaeologist estimate the pictographs and petroglyphs to be up to a 1,000 years old.

Red Rock Campground Closes for the Season

The campground at the Red Rock National Conservation Area will close Tuesday.

The campground is located two miles east of the visitor center just of State Route 159. It is the only developed campground inside the conservation area. The area will be closed until Labor Day.  

There are several other areas available for camping including the Valley of Fire State Park, Lake Mead Recreation and the backcountry at Red Rock Canyon. You can camp on Bureau of Land Management land for up two weeks with a permit for no charge.

Fire Restrictions Start Saturday

Fire Restrictions Start Saturday

Fire restrictions around the state start on Saturday.

Last year firefighters responded to more than 100 fires around southern Nevada, in all those fires destroyed more than 700 acres. Most fires are started by lightning strikes, but careless people are also responsible for fires that can quickly burn out of control in our dry deserts and forest lands. Starting Saturday and through the summer season, on Mt. Charleston there will be no wood or charcoal fires unless in developed picnic areas.

The Bureau of Land Management, The National Park Service, Nevada Division of Forestry, The U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are working together to enforce fire restrictions in national parks and conservation areas in hopes of stopping fires before they start.

 

 

Dry Cleaner Goes Green with New Machine

Dry Cleaner Goes Green with New Machine

Tiffany Couture Cleaners recently was tapped as the only dry cleaner in Southern Nevada to be invited to purchase and operate the SystemK4 machine utilizing SolvonK4 non-toxic, biodegradable solvent. 

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) in partnership with Coca-Cola awarded laptop computers to the 40 winners of an essay contest that asked local high school seniors to write a 500-word essay on how they can reduce their carbon footprint by using the services offered by the RTC.

"The level of participation was remarkable. We received hundreds of essays from students on how they use our growing transit system, bicycling amenities and other environmentally friendly services to reduce our carbon footprint," RTC General Manager Jacob Snow said.

The essay contest was open to all high school seniors graduating in 2011. Each essay was judged equally on its content and the quality of the writing.

SNWA Seeks Entries for Water-Efficient Landscape Contest

SNWA Seeks Entries for Water-Efficient Landscape Contest

If you have a water-efficient landscape in your yard or you’re a professional who has worked on one, the Southern Nevada Water Authority has a contest for you.

Local residents and landscape professionals interested in showing off their water-efficient landscapes are encouraged to enter the SNWA's 13th Annual Landscape Awards competition.

Applications for this free community contest, along with award criteria, categories and other information are available at snwa.com through Thursday, May 12. Applications also are available by calling the Conservation Helpline at 258-SAVE (7283).

The SNWA's Landscape Awards honor residential and professional water-efficient landscapes that are both attractive and functional. Entrants must have a working irrigation system appropriate to their design.