Woodie Bessler: Energy Leader

Congratulations to Woodie Bessler and family for becoming MCEC  Energy Leaders!

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An electrical engineer by profession, Woodie has a passion for helping people understand energy and use it wisely. The Bessler family has reduced their energy use by 70% since 2009!

Energy Leader Achievements:

  • Installed solar panels in 2011, added more in 2013 and has produced surplus electricity since 2013
  • Installed a Geothermal system to replace the gas furnace in early 2015 (see graph below for NG usage vs. heating degree day)
  • Active member of the Monroe County Energy Challenge Residential Programs team
  • Performed free energy assessments
  • Original author and a frequent presenter of the Going Solar program which has since been given over 50 times to approximately 1,000 people in Bloomington and across Indiana.
  • As a mentor to youth, Woodie has coached MCCSC robotics teams, trained teenagers to weatherize houses, and visited classrooms.

Energy Usage Data: 2007-2015

* Geothermal system replaced gas furnace in early 2015Slide1

We are so proud to have such an inspiring family in our community!

Know someone in the community who is making a huge difference? The Energy Leader award is presented to individuals that have shown significant achievements in energy efficiency and sustainability in Monroe County. Help us recognize these community all-stars by nominating an Energy Leader today!

Energy Leader Criteria:
To be considered for an Energy Leader award, individuals must display commitment to one or more of the following areas that have resulted in meaningful outcomes (on any scale):

– Improving home energy efficiency
– Sharing energy saving knowledge within the community
– Developing or utilizing innovative energy saving techniques
– Energy Ambassador certification or a member of a MCEC       committee dedicated to reducing energy consumption in Monroe   County.

Know an Energy Leader? Click here to make a nomination

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