Energy Smarts

Working to create a cleaner energy future for Massachusetts

Latest Post:

Eight Drivers Help Mass. Win Energy and Environment Race

Posted on

Have a look at this year’s LBE award recipients – two state agencies, two municipalities, two higher education entities, and two individual – who demonstrate achievements that produce measurable environmental and energy outcomes.


“MOR” Reason to Choose Electric Vehicles

Posted on

I’m in love . . . with electric vehicles (EV). They’re cool, clean and comfortable. I want one for the performance, the ongoing financial savings, and the reduction in air pollution. While not currently in the market for a new car, I was fortunate to test drive   …Continue Reading “MOR” Reason to Choose Electric Vehicles


Research > Efficient LED Lights > Nobel Prize

Posted on

The holy grail of getting solid state white light from light emitting diodes (LED) was elusive. To produce white light from these solid state devices, you need blue diodes. Blue LEDs didn’t exist; physics made it hard and scientists and engineers could not beat the blue diode problem. Until . . .


Home Baked Energy Efficiency with a Tasty Glazing

Posted on

Winsert in Gill

To reduce home energy consumption as rates rise, one town in Northwest Massachusetts has found a creative do-it-yourself solution.


Renewables To Blunt Power Outages From Major Storms

Posted on

To make sure that Massachusetts can avoid the energy-related problems faced by New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania during Hurricane Sandy, the Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative will provide municipalities with reliable, renewable alternatives to diesel generators that also align with the Commonwealth’s greenhouse gas reduction and clean energy goals.


Energizing Future Generations

Posted on

For the past two years, Massachusetts has participated in a federal program that recognizes schools working hard to educate future generations about clean energy and improvements in Massachusetts school buildings. This year, the Commonwealth will again participate in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools recognition program.


Banking on Residential Solar Power

Posted on

solar loan process flow

“It’s a house, it’s a car, it’s a … solar panel?” In the coming months, the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is hoping a new residential solar loan program will spark that question and interest in renewable power at local lending institutions across the Commonwealth.   …Continue Reading Banking on Residential Solar Power


Building Efficiency Gurus Exchange Ideas on Just About Everything

Posted on

Faces of Green Communities

The American Council for Energy Efficient-Economy (ACEEE) selected me to present a paper on the Commonwealth’s Green Communities Program at ACEEE’s Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. It felt like going to college – the seniors all knew each other, while the freshmen were   …Continue Reading Building Efficiency Gurus Exchange Ideas on Just About Everything


Comparing Homes – Energy-Saving Enters the Equation

Posted on

home mpg logo

Until recently, there was no way to easily figure energy efficiency into a home buying decision. Enter HomeMPG, a Massachusetts energy-saving initiative to pilot an energy performance score (EPS) in residential homes. This “asset” rating that’s analogous to a car’s MPG rating. Behavior is taken out of the equation so that any home’s energy use can be compared to any other home, allowing for an apples-to-apples comparison.


Massachusetts Milestone: 15,000 Solar Installations

Posted on

map id towns that were visited in solstice tour

Massachusetts has just surpassed an exciting milestone of 15,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, proving that solar energy has become a smart, popular choice here. In fact, as of August 21, there were 15,762 systems installed across Massachusetts, a twenty-fold increase from 2007 when Governor Deval   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Milestone: 15,000 Solar Installations