Going Green

The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library is proud to be working toward a more environmentally-friendly and energy efficient model for our community.

For more information on these projects, please select an item below.

Solar Energy Project

YouTube: Solar Panel Installation Announcement Watch the announcement in this online video.

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Solyndra solar panels The roof of Central Library has been covered with 60 Solyndra solar panels.

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Sunny Boy Power InverterWith a Sunny Boy power inverter, sunlight captured by the solar panels is converted into electricity for Central Library.

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Location of solar panels from Google EarthSee where the solar panels are located, with this photo from Google Earth.

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View StatsView solar energy production at Central with these real-time statistics!

Oaklyn "Green" Roof & Meadow

Oaklyn's Green RoofOaklyn Library is covered with a native Mesic Prairie habitat.  The roof meadow is designed to last the life of the building.  Although the new Oaklyn Library facility is three times larger than the facility it replaced, utility costs are comparable to the former library.

Green Roof Benefits:

  • Insulating qualities mean reduced energy costs for building owners
  • Reduced storm water run-off, which reduces the stress on urban sewer systems & decreases run-off related pollution of natural waterways
  • Air quality improvement
  • Noise pollution reduction
  • Extended life of the roof - moderated temperature swings and protection from everyday wear and tear

Meadow Assets:

  • Environmentally friendly - no need for commercial fertilizers
  • Low maintenance - only mowed 2-3 times per year
  • Vegetation contributes to the restoration of the region's prairie landscape
  • Attracts birds and butterflies
  • Green roof blends into surrounding meadow
  • Plants retain run-off water from storms

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Green roof tour Additional photos of Oaklyn's green roof are available on our Flickr page.

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Oaklyn Green Roof brochure More details about Oaklyn's green roof are available in this brochure.

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Green Roofing in IndianaOaklyn was featured in an article published in the Journal of Green Building.

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Phantom Finder

Kill-A-Watt meterWant to save money on energy bills? Check out a Kill-A-Watt meter Phantom Finder kit today at the EVPL, and see how much energy your appliances, computers, and phone chargers are using. Simply unplugging things in your home when they're not in use could save you money.

Just visit the Checkout Desk at your local EVPL branch, and you'll be on your way to detecting energy waste, saving money, and helping the environment.

The Phantom Finder program is sponsored by Vectren Corporation, the Indiana State Library, and the EVPL.

For more information about the Kill-A-Watt meter, please visit P3International.com.

Home Energy Assessments

Energizing IndianaReduce your energy costs, while helping our library Foundation!

For every energy assessment scheduled & conducted through EVPL, the Foundation will receive $25!

How do I sign up?

  1. Verify that you meet the eligibility requirements below.
  2. Fill out the online application.
  3. Wait until you receive a call back to schedule an appointment.

What you'll get

  • Step-by-step guidance to conserve energy in your home
  • Energy saving products such as:
    • Up to nine CFL bulbs
    • Up to three low-flow faucet aerators
    • Up to two low-flow shower heads
    • Insulation wrap on electric water heaters
  • A comprehensive report detailing what else can be done to save more energy

How much does it cost me for those products?

  • Nothing! The cost is already covered in your current utility bill.

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • One of the following:
    • Single-family homes, duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes or mobile homes, occupied by the owner
    • Non-owner occupied homes where occupants have the electric service in their name
  • Homes 10 years or older
  • Homes that have not had a utility-sponsored assessment in the last three years

How long does the assessment take?

  • Assessments are scheduled in blocks (morning & afternoon) and take about 90 minutes. Saturday hours are available.

When should I expect a call to set up my appointment?

  • Scheduling call backs are currently running 2 to 4 weeks upon receipt of your form.

Visit EnergizingIndiana.com for more information.