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Door-to-Door Campaign Reaps Energy Efficiency Gains

Door-to-Door Campaign Reaps Energy Efficiency Gains posted on Aug 1

Greenfield sent program specialists from Energy Smart Homes door-to-door to answer questions, explain the energy auditing process, and plan retrofit projects. So far, home energy assessments in Greenfield have taken place at four times the statewide rate.

Summer’s Here: Shed Layers and Shed Loads

Summer’s Here: Shed Layers and Shed Loads posted on Jul 11

Electricity usage throughout New England reaches its peak during summer heat waves, causing our electricity bills to spike. During periods of high demand, electric utilities typically call on more expensive “peaking” plants to provide extra power. These costs are passed onto larger, non-residential consumers through demand charges on their monthly electricity bill. Municipal buildings can save a significant sum of money if they shut off portions of their electricity during these peak periods.

Community Adoption of Energy Efficient Building Codes Stretches to 143

Community Adoption of Energy Efficient Building Codes Stretches to 143 posted on Jul 2

Eight more municipalities (Dalton, Goshen, Halifax, Holliston, Upton, Wellfleet, Lanesborough, and Stoughton) recently adopted the Stretch Energy Code, criterion five for Green Community designation, and will now work to ensure that new construction and major renovations are more energy efficient. With these additions, the total number of participating municipalities has reached 143.

Post-Tornado Reconstruction Continues in Monson

Post-Tornado Reconstruction Continues in Monson posted on Jun 12

June 1st marked the anniversary of the destructive tornadoes that touched down in Western Massachusetts just three years ago. Monson was one of several towns that experienced severe damage as the tornadoes blew through that part of the state. Monson worked hard to help raise money to rebuild the town. Despite Monson’s strong efforts, however, the town was not able to reach all of its reconstruction goals on its own.