The Wrack

The Wrack is the Wells Reserve blog, our collective logbook on the web.

Posts tagged energy conservation

  • Solar Array Adds Capacity for Growth

    | October 2, 2020 | Filed under: Culture

    A new set of photovoltaic panels will keep the reserve 100% solar for its electricity needs.

  • Wrapper's Delight

    | December 6, 2017 | Filed under: Opinion

    Three cheers to all who tie, bundle, and stomp this holiday season!

  • Stay Warm and Save Money: Get Your Windows Dressed

    | May 2, 2017 | Filed under: Culture

    WindowDressers inserts made such a noticeable difference here that we're inspired to help you save money and stay warmer next winter.

  • What the World Needs Now

    | February 4, 2017 | Filed under: Culture

    Weatherization has always been held up as one of the easiest and first solutions to climate change; why not pick that low-hanging fruit?

  • Black Gold?

    | April 25, 2015

    Abraham Lincoln O-116 by Gardner, 1865-crop' by Alexander Gardner - Library of CongressNative nameLibrary of CongressLocationWashington, D.C.Coordinates38° 53? 19? N, 77° 00? 17? Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -,_1865-crop.png#/media/File:Abraham_Lincoln_O-116_by_Gardner,_1865President Abraham Lincoln, February 1865. He looks tired.

    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 4/26/2015.

    One hundred and fifty years ago this month, the Civil War staggered to a bloody and exhausted end. Our nation lay in ruins: our national psyche fractured, half our economy and infrastructure reduced to ashes, 750,000 battlefield casualties (1 in 10 white men in America of military age lay dead). Why did we fight those four long years, at such cost to country and kin?

  • Wells Reserve at Laudholm Marks Solar Milestone

    | March 23, 2015 | Filed under: News

    The Wells Reserve at Laudholm has become the first nonprofit in Maine to meet 100 percent of its electricity needs with solar energy, with 248 solar panels that are expected to generate 73,000 kilowatt-hours of electrical energy while preventing 45 tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere each year.

  • Now 100% Solar

    | March 16, 2015 | Filed under: Culture

    The Wells Reserve at Laudholm is the first nonprofit in Maine to go 100% solar. Our photovoltaic systems now generate enough solar energy to meet all of our electricity needs.

  • A Golden Opportunity

    | October 14, 2014

    Wells Reserve at Laudholm has set a goal like no other organization in Maine.

    “We are well underway in securing solar power to run our operation,” said Paul Dest, director of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. “Our goal is to become 100 percent self-sufficient on solar power.”

    For those who know the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, it is no surprise that it would chart such ambitious goals. It has a rich history of development and progress.

  • Solar Success: Sun to Supply All Electricity Needs

    | August 14, 2014
    Two years ahead of schedule, our goal to obtain all our electricity from the sun is within reach. We have been awarded two grants to launch the final phase of our initiative. With $86,898 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and $10,000 from the Davis Conservation Foundation, we are poised to install another set o…
  • Energy Initiative: C-Change Part Two

    | October 28, 2013

    In my last post, I focused on the conversion part of our C-Change. Here I focus on our equally important conservation efforts.

    Since we launched our ambitious energy initiative in early 2012, our yearly use of propane and heating oil has dropped 20 percent, from an average of 11,500 gallons before we started to 9,000 gallons today. At the same time, we have reduced electrical energy use from an annual average of 105,000 kilowatt-hours to 85,000 kilowatt-hours, a 22 percent reduction.

    How did we achieve such dramatic cuts?