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

Door-to-Door Campaign Reaps Energy Efficiency Gains

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.

Solar a “No-Go” on Your Roof? Share Through Community Solar Posted on Jul 16

Solar a “No-Go” on Your Roof? Share Through Community Solar

Harvard residents who wanted solar on their homes and were unable to get it due to shading, sloping, or structural barriers, found a solution by sharing the Harvard Solar Garden, an approximately 250 kW project, provides 41 residents and six small businesses with sustainable, clean energy. .

Clean Energy Game Posted on Apr 3

Clean Energy Game

Marketers are recognizing “gamification” as a way to motivate and engage people. Can games help engage the public about clean energy through content delivery, education, a sense of community, ways to encourage behaviors?

Go the Distance (with a fast charger) Posted on Mar 6

Go the Distance (with a fast charger)

Many of us living in Massachusetts travel for recreation: skiing in New Hampshire, a summer’s weekend down at the Cape, a camping trip in Amherst woods or even the two-hundred-mile trip from Boston to New York City. For drivers of electric vehicles, these trips averaging   …Continue Reading Go the Distance (with a fast charger)

HomeMPG Courses for Residential Appraisers and Real Estate Agents Posted on Feb 13

HomeMPG Courses for Residential Appraisers and Real Estate Agents

Over the past two years the Department of Energy Resources has worked with the Mass Save® program on a pilot residential energy labeling program called HomeMPG. Funded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant, this Home Energy Services program has assigned over 3,000 energy performance   …Continue Reading HomeMPG Courses for Residential Appraisers and Real Estate Agents

2013: Massachusetts Has Great Numbers Posted on Jan 8

2013: Massachusetts Has Great Numbers

The onset of the New Year allows us to mark a moment in time, reflect on the advances of 2013 and preview what’s to come in 2014. Seven years into the Patrick Administration, we have many great clean energy stories to tell. Here are some   …Continue Reading 2013: Massachusetts Has Great Numbers

New Solarize Mass Communities To Grow PV Installations Posted on Dec 13

New Solarize Mass Communities To Grow PV Installations

At a press conference in early December at Atkins Farms in Amherst, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan announced the fifteen communities that will participate in the second round of the 2013 Solarize Massachusetts program (Solarize Mass®). The program’s administrators, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center   …Continue Reading New Solarize Mass Communities To Grow PV Installations

Biogas Addresses Massachusetts Corner of Global Food Waste Problem Posted on Nov 19

Biogas Addresses Massachusetts Corner of Global Food Waste Problem

A recent UN report estimates that a third of all food produced worldwide, an estimated 1.3 billion metric tons, is wasted every year – not including the water, fertilizer, and other resources required to produce, store, transport, and, ultimately, dispose of it. In industrialized countries,   …Continue Reading Biogas Addresses Massachusetts Corner of Global Food Waste Problem

Building Asset Rating Pilot – How Does Your Building Really Perform? Posted on Oct 28

Building Asset Rating Pilot – How Does Your Building Really Perform?

Imagine you own an office building. You have a great team managing the property and are always looking for smart investments to improve performance and decrease operating costs. In terms of energy management, you benchmark the building’s energy consumption through the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio   …Continue Reading Building Asset Rating Pilot – How Does Your Building Really Perform?

Massachusetts Households Use 22% More Energy Than U.S. Average Posted on Sep 24

Massachusetts Households Use 22% More Energy Than U.S. Average

Your own heating bills may give you a clue that Massachusetts total household energy costs are above the U.S. average. The data indicates that the average household in Massachusetts spends $2,500 for energy each year. But, the hope is that our costs may drop closer   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Households Use 22% More Energy Than U.S. Average