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ENERGY QUICK
TIPS
LIGHTS OUT
PROGRAM
STOP THE SHOCKS
PROGRAM
ENERGY
RESOURCES
START REDUCING YOUR ENERGY USAGE
Our online guide to energy reduction and reducing light pollution aims to help Nosara businesses and residents on all things energy. Our energy quick tips and resources are a robust list what to do, who to contact, and what to buy to reduce your energy needs. Learn more about the Lights Out and Stop the Shocks programs that help wildlife avoid injury and thrive in their natural habitats.
ENERGY EFFICIENT PRODUCTS QUICK TIPS
HOW TO REDUCE YOUR IMPACT
  • Purchase ENERGY STAR certified appliances.
  • Use LED bulb or tube lighting.

  • Use a solar water heater. 

  • Install solar panels.

  • Use motion sensors or smart features for indoor and outdoor lighting.

  • Turn off appliances when not in use.

  • Regularly maintain your major appliances to keep them running efficiently, e.g., clean air filters in AC units, clean coils in refrigerator.

  • Limit light pollution. Outdoor lights should be directed downward or shielded and yellow or red bulbs should be used. See Lights Out flyer for more info.

  • Insulate transformer & power lines adjacent to property. Burying power lines underground is the best practice to protect wildlife.

AIR CONDITIONER UNITS QUICK TIPS
HOW TO REDUCE YOUR IMPACT

DID YOU KNOW?

Light pollution affects nocturnal wildlife, especially nesting sea turtles and hatchlings. Beachfront lighting, skyglow, and other forms of light pollution discourage nesting sea turtles, disorient hatchlings, and disrupt nocturnal wildlife.

SAVE ENERGY & REDUCE LIGHT POLLUTION

REDUCE YOUR LIGHT POLLUTION
LIGHTS OUT! SEA TURTLES & WILDLIFE DIG THE DARK!
 Reduce your light pollution and help wildlife thrive at night. Use the following tips to reduce light pollution in our community. Download the Lights Out! guide now.

KEEP IT SHIELDED

Close your curtains or blinds after dark and use shielded, cut-off fixtures or vegetation to cover lightbulbs and direct light downward.

SEA TURTLE LIGHTING

SeaTurtleLighting.net is a company comprised of the lighting industries sharpest lighting consultants that have been specially trained and certified as "Sea Turtle Lighting Consultants." Through application, design and specification, our team develops and implements lighting techniques through use of approved Lighting Fixtures, Light Bulbs, LED Lighting and Beachside Shielding to ensure your property is safe for residents, guests and Sea Turtle Conservation. 

SUSTAINABLE NOSARA

YOUR GUIDE TO ALL THINGS SUSTAINABLE IN NOSARA

SOLAR PANELS & WATER HEATERS
LOCAL COMPANIES & CONTACT INFO

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GREEN ENERGY

SOLAR PANELS
(506) 6395-5374
info@greenenergy.cr
Avenida las Américas, calle 62A, CC Gran Campo, oficina #2. Sabana, San José, Costa Rica

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SOLAR SOLUTIONS
SOLAR PANELS

(506) 800-400-8080
solarinfo@crsolarsolutions.com
Hacienda Paraiso, Edificio 16
Piedades de Santa Ana
San José, Costa Rica

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SUNSHINE ENERGY CORP.
SOLAR PANELS

(506) 2100-3403
sunshine@sunshine.tech
San José, Costa Rica

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INTITECH SOLAR
SOLAR PANELS

(506) 2735-5024
(506) 8814-7610
info@intitechsolar.com 
Puerto Jiménez - Puntarenas
Montes de Oro, Miramar, Puntarenas

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PURA VIDA ENERGY SYSTEMS
SOLAR PANELS

Guanacaste Office (English): (506) 8735-1402 
Nosara Office: (506) 6027-4661
Cell Phone (Spanish): (506) 8351-1856
info@puravidaenergysystems.com

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THERMO SOLUTIONS
SOLAR WATER HEATERS

(506) 6208-4520
sg@thermosolutionsgroup.com
Sede de Liberia, Guanacaste

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HELIOTEK
SOLAR WATER HEATERS

(506) 2273-4545
info@heliotek.solar
San Rafael de Montes de Oca 300m Este del Parque del Este. San José, Costa Rica

ENERGY REDUCTION RESOURCES

 LIGHTS OUT!

  • Run your AC units efficiently, and avoid using AC when possible.
  • Stick with a steady temperature. For best use, pick a comfortable temperature and leave it there. AC units are most efficient when left running, and not constantly turned on or off. Do turn them off if you’ll be away for a day or more.

  • Use Auto fan speed. Utilize the “auto fan” setting to optimize energy efficiency.

  • Clean your AC units regularly. AC units work best with clean filters. You should also clean the outside unit. 

  • Get a smart control for your AC unit.

LED LIGHTING & AC SMART CONTROL UNITS
LOCAL COMPANIES & CONTACT INFO

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LED LIGHTING
LED bulb options are readily available at the local ferreteria, EPA, and other hardware stores. Look for insect repelling bulbs.

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SENSIBO
Smart control for AC units

KEEP IT LOW

Use a low mounting height, downlighting and lower bulb wattage or amber LEDs.

KEEP IT LONG

Use red, amber, yellow, or warm lightbulbs and color filters. Sea turtles and other wildlife are less disturbed by these longer wavelengths of light!

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KEEP IT EFFICIENT

Don't leave your lights on all night. Use motion-sensor lights instead. Use AC unit with a timer or smart controller and upgrade to energy efficient appliances whenever possible.

STOP THE SHOCKS
PROTECT COSTA RICAN WILDLIFE
 Unfortunately, most of Costa Rica’s power distribution system consists of uninsulated power lines and transformers which cause deadly electrocutions of wildlife. International Animal Rescue Costa Rica has created the STOP THE SHOCKS program to aid in the prevention of wildlife electrocutions due to encroachment of power lines in wildlife habitats.
WHY ARE POWER LINES KILLING WILDLIFE?
In a country that prides itself on sustainable energy and eco-friendly practices, you might be surprised to learn that wildlife is electrocuted.
INEFFECTIVE WILDLIFE PROTECTION LAWS

There are laws in Costa Rica that should protect the environment, biodiversity, habitat, and wildlife, but they are either ineffective or not properly enforced.

UNINSULATED POWER DISTRIBUTION

Even with the danger to arboreal wildlife, new electrical cables and transformers are installed without protection.

HABITAT DESTRUCTION

With many areas of Costa Rica experiencing a surge in unregulated development, deforestation forces wildlife to use dangerous electrical cables to cross between fragmented habitat.

WILDLIFE INSTINCTS

Wild animals do not know the difference between safe, natural vines and dangerous power cables. They cannot sense the danger until it's too late.

REPORT WILDLIFE INJURIES & ACCIDENTS

Reporting every wildlife accident is an essential part of protecting the animals of Costa Rica. With accurate information, we are able to prioritize dangerous locations and stop wildlife injuries and deaths. For Wildlife Emergencies call +506 8824 3323.

The data collected is submitted to the government to lobby for change in enforcement of the wildlife protection laws. 

PREVENTING ELECTROCUTIONS
International Animal Rescue Costa Rica's STOP THE SHOCKS program is dedicated to protecting wildlife from electrocutions. The following methods are required to prevent deadly electrocutions by combining:
TREE TRIMMING
In order to prevent wildlife from accessing the power lines, tree branches near electrical distribution must be cut.
ROPE BRIDGES
In areas of deforestation, rope bridges are installed to provide safe aerial pathways for arboreal wildlife to travel between habitats.
INSULATING POWER LINES & TRANSFORMERS
Installing insulated cables and wildlife protection covers for transformers prevents electrocutions.

HELP US STOP THE SHOCKS

Electrocutions can be stopped. With generous donations from the public, International Animal Rescue Costa Rica is able to target high-risk areas by purchasing wildlife protection equipment and rope bridges. Donate to STOP THE SHOCKS and sponsor insulating an electrocution hot spot near you, or if you are building include this into your budget. The cost of insulating a transformer is $1,000-3,000. Contact IAR Costa Rica.

COSTA RICA USES 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY
The good news is Costa Rica uses 100% renewable energy (wind, solar, geothermal, water), but you should still have ways of reducing your impact on wildlife, the ocean, and energy bills. Energy reduction guides, resources, and quick tips are provided on this page.

STOP THE SHOCKS

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