What is Ripple Map?
About 25% of the energy we use at home and at work is pure waste - we pay for it even though we don’t need it. Wasted energy adds up to over $100 billion in money not well spent every year and thousands of drafty basements, hot bedrooms, overlit offices and stuffy conference rooms.
Energy waste is largely invisible – we don’t see it and we rarely talk about it. Yet, Americans are cutting out wasted energy and seeing big time benefits – happier homes and better work and retail spaces. Ripple Map finds, curates and shares these stories. From the obvious to the unexpected, these real life stories inspire others to act.
So welcome to Ripple Map. See who is doing what, why and how here.
Ripple Map Snapshots
Jill and her husband Charles love their historic San Rafael Historic District home but until recently had been battled swirling chills in the tall house since moving in. See what's worked for them. Learn More »
“I was worried that having a big home would cost a lot of money.” One key decision Teri made was to add insulation to improve the overall heating and cooling performance of her new home. Learn More »
“Avoid hiring someone whose entire focus is on a single solution (e.g. insulation, windows, etc.). Look for someone who speaks of the quality of the air in your home, as well as the quantity... " Learn More »
Catching up with Anna Be′ two months after the swap, the owners are big fans of the lighting program. “We can spend more time with brides-to-be rather than on replacing light bulbs..." Learn More »
“We were really surprised by how much energy... gets lost to air leaks. We hadn’t realized that the main air leakage pathway in the house was through the ceiling into the attic..." Brian says. Learn More »
Sarah Dawn, one of several “non-romantic life partners” renting a wonderfully rambling house in South Boulder... she thinks it is important to simply “do what we can when we can.” Learn More »
“What matters to my tenants is total monthly costs, the bulk of which is made up of rent and utilities,” says Paul N, a longtime Boulder resident and owner of two rental properties. Learn More »
Carolyna says there is a lot to love about the location of her 1972-built tract home in Longmont Village. But the house was no match for high winds from the west. “The furnace ran overtime...." Learn More »
“During the summer the air conditioning was on all the time, but we rarely felt cool enough,” Uwe explains, who along with his wife and three children moved to Boulder in 2010. Learn More »
"For me, what the EnergySmart program did really well was to help ID what I should be doing next,” Megan says Learn More »
Residents get more while wasting less.
An engaged community aided by innovative programs cuts energy waste boosts comfort and value while lowering energy costs
Neighbors in this Washington, D.C. suburb are taking steps to keep cool in summer and warmer in winter.