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New Elite Petes right here in Durham!

Thanks to a generous grant from Durham County, we recently trained eight new Elite Petes® to run Hands On Workshops throughout Durham.  Staff members from Housing for New Hope, Urban Ministries of Durham, and Genesis Home spent two days with us learning how to teach no-cost and low-cost activities to help people save energy and therefore money in their homes.  These fabulous staff members plan to incorporate Clean Energy Durham’s two cornerstone workshops, the Basic Energy Education workshop and the Hands On Workshop, into their programs, helping their residents to save money when they transition into their own homes.


One of our new Elite Petes said that the “training was fun and easy to learn. I’m looking forward to teaching people what I learned.”


The Elite Petes learned how to effectively run workshops as well as receiving practical experience by actually doing the activities.  They are all looking forward to going out into their communities to teach what they learned.  We are proud of them and are looking forward to seeing what they will accomplish.100_4096-CED-end

March 18, 2014 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment

Bike Month in Durham

May is Bike Month in Durham, which is the perfect time to get outside, enjoy the spring weather and save energy! Check out the exciting events taking place around the city throughout the month:

Bike Commute Coffee Club
Every Friday at 7:45 AM
Loaf Bakery, 111 W. Parrish St.

Bike Month Kickoff Bike Ride
Saturday, May 4, 11 AM
Ride starts at the Bull City Play Streets Event, Main St./Elm St.
Sponsored by Durham BPAC, Bike Durham and ECGA

Cyclist’s Social
Tuesday, May 7, 5-7 PM
Sunset Grille, 5850 Fayetteville Rd. #101
(Milepost 5.75 on the American Tobacco Trail)
Sponsored by Durham BPAC and Bike Durham

Kidical Mass
Saturday, May 11, 10 AM-12 PM
Northgate Park Picnic Shelter
Pre-registration at:

Seven Stars Cycles Shop Sponsored Second Sunday Spin
Sunday, May 12, 10 AM
A 20-mile self-supported group ride, leaving from Seven Stars Cycles at 309 E. Chapel Hill St.

Cyclist’s Social
Monday, May 13, 5-7 PM
Bull McCabe’s, 427 W. Main St., in the Five Points area of historic downtown Durham
Sponsored by Durham BPAC and Bike Durham

“Free Bike Inspection Day”
Wednesday, May 15
Free inspections at Durham CyclesTip-Top CyclesSeven Stars CyclesREI (Durham, Raleigh and Cary), and The Bicycle Chain (Durham, Carrboro and Chapel Hill

Breakfast Social
Thursday, May 16, 7-9 AM
Ninth Street Bakery, 136 E. Chapel Hill St.
Cyclists enjoy free food and giveaways
Sponsored by Durham BPAC and Bike Durham

Bull City Tipping Point Bike Ride
Sunday, May 19, 2 PM
Ride starts at CCB Plaza, ends at Cocoa Cinnamon
For more information:

Durham BPAC Meeting
Tuesday, May 21, 7-9 PM
City Hall
Join Durham BPAC’s meeting and help brainstorm bicycle and pedestrian solutions for Durham – please bring your best ideas and we will give you coffee and pastries in return!

“Donate a Bike”
Wednesday, May 22 – For kids’ bikes: Downtown YMCA, 6-8 PM
Thursday, May 23 – For adult bikes: Bike Co-op, 7-10 PM
For more information:

Bike to Star Trek Movie
Friday, May 24, 19:00 hours, Earth Eastern Standard Time
Meet at CCB Plaza
For more information:

Remember to check the Clean Energy Durham Facebook page throughout the month of May for event updates!

April 11, 2013 at 11:39 am Leave a comment

ACEEE Research Backs the Foundation of Clean Energy Durham’s Mission

I recently came across an article posted on the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) website, which outlined a research study that discussed how the cultural “norms” of living in the South was relevant to the ways people use energy.

As a student who has been interning with Clean Energy Durham for a little less than two months now, I have definitely come to see that the manner in which everyday energy savings practices are taught certainly has an effect on how people react to this knowledge, and it was interesting to look at how Southern “identity” affects energy efficiency practices in certain communities. Clean Energy Durham believes that neighbors can be one the ones to step up in a community and help neighbors learn the best ways to not only save energy, but save money, in their homes. Moreover, the neighbor-to-neighbor approach, which is prevalent in the Southern cultural norm of being friendly and welcoming to one’s neighbors, leads to a stronger community, and a network of households that continually helps each other in the process. Clean Energy Durham is continuing to move its neighborhood energy savings program, Pete Street™, across the nation, and it is through this Southern ideal that neighbors should help neighbors that the United States will see more energy savings on a community level.

To take a look at the ACEEE report, go to:


March 21, 2013 at 2:25 pm Leave a comment

Duke Energy Offers $30 to Recycle Old Refrigerators & Freezers

Here’s how the Appliance Recycling program works:

  • Schedule an appliance pickup online or by phone.
  • Duke Energy comes to your house and picks up your appliance for free.
  • Your refrigerator or freezer will then go to a local recycling center, where 95% of it will be recycled.
  • Duke Energy will send you a check for $30. Or, you can donate the funds directly to the Share the Warmth assistance program.

To schedule a pickup, use Duke’s online form or call 1-855-398-6200.

October 11, 2012 at 8:08 am Leave a comment

Beat the 100° Heat!

Does the 100°+ heat have you down?  Are you dreading those summer electric bills?  Well here are some great tips on how to save energy.

  1. When you are away at work or out of the house turn up your thermostat to 78° or more to save.
  2. Better yet, install a programmable thermostat AND program it to adjust up and down as needed.
  3. Use fans to cool your body, but remember fans cool people not rooms, so turn them off when you leave a room.
  4. Close binds/shades on the south and west-facing sides of your home.
  5. Cook outside on a grill and avoid cooking with the hot oven or cook top.
  6. Get out of the house!  Hot days are a great time to go swimming.   Do indoor activities such as going to a museum, to a movie, grocery shopping, or to a shopping center.

Now, tell us some energy-saving actions and activities you do in the summer to save money and beat the heat!

July 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm Leave a comment

Dan Curry Featured on Our Community Green

Check out a feature story about our very own Dan Curry on the Triangle’s local green living directory Our Community Green.

April 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm Leave a comment

Designing Better Bus Service in Durham

This January Durham citizens can play a continuing role in helping to shape Durham’s growing transit system, through an effort called “Designing Better Bus Service.”  This workshop will review the draft service changes that would affect every route in the DATA system.

A workshop today, January 11th will allow the public to learn more about initial recommendations to improve DATA’s existing services, given an unchanged level of financial resources. The session will offer the opportunity for open and honest discussions about transportation issues.

Wednesday, January 11thDurham Station515 W. Pettigrew St., Second Level

  • 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Open House
  • 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Presentation
  • 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Open House
  • 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Presentation

Staff will be also available for questions and comments during two additional open house sessions on the second level of Durham Station on Jan 17th & 18th.

  • Tuesday, January 17th 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 18th 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The feedback is needed to ensure that the diverse needs of the community are considered in evaluating current and future service.

To learn more about Designing Better Bus Service in Durham, please visit

January 11, 2012 at 8:04 am Leave a comment

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