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Solarize Mass – Northampton Meets the Installer Posted on Jul 24

Solarize Mass –  Northampton Meets the Installer

On the evening of Thursday, June 13th, Northampton residents gathered together to meet the company to participate in the Solarize Mass Northampton program that runs through September 30th. Real Goods Solar was selected through a competitive process by a committee made up of MassCEC, DOER,   …Continue Reading Solarize Mass – Northampton Meets the Installer

Don’t Sweat It – Keep You & Your Wallet Cool Posted on Jul 22

Don’t Sweat It – Keep You & Your Wallet Cool

Now that we’re in the midst of summer, most of us are feeling the heat. With last week’s wave of high temperatures and humidity that loomed over New England, we’ve been using more energy to help keep us cool. Even though energy is invisible, the more   …Continue Reading Don’t Sweat It – Keep You & Your Wallet Cool

Agriculture — A Canary in the Coal Mine for Climate Change Posted on Apr 5

Agriculture — A Canary in the Coal Mine for Climate Change

The agricultural sector accounts for fourteen percent — or as much as twenty-five percent if you include agriculture-driven deforestation — of global greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, agriculture may be one of the greatest tools we have for mitigating climate change, and Massachusetts can lead that charge.

Massachusetts Oysters Go Solar Posted on Mar 27

Massachusetts Oysters Go Solar

As aquaculture continues to expand here in the Commonwealth, aquaculturalists using traditional land-tied technology have often found themselves competing for space with other commercial and recreational uses of littoral waters. This new and improved FLUPSY, now free from a shore-based energy source, allows siting of shellfish nurseries in more remote, less controversial areas.

Saving Energy With Your Holiday Gifts Posted on Jan 7

Saving Energy With Your Holiday Gifts

Did you get some sort of new electronic gadget as a holiday gift? If you did, you have a new, easy opportunity to save energy in your home.

Cleaning Up Your Woodstove Posted on Jan 4

Cleaning Up Your Woodstove

DOER and MassCEC launched a $100,000 pilot incentive program to assist residents to trade in their inefficient wood, wood pellet, or coal-burning stoves for safer, more efficient, and cleaner models. Qualifying residents can get a voucher of either $1000 or $2000 (depending on income) to replace older, non-EPA certified stove models with high efficiency stoves that use less wood and release fewer particulates into the air

The Cost of Staying Warm Posted on Dec 18

The Cost of Staying Warm

This heating season will be the most expensive on record for those residents who use heating oil to warm their homes. If you look at recent pricing data for Massachusetts, it’s easy to see that heating oil prices have gone up over the past few years in comparison with natural gas prices, which have actually dropped.

“Home MPG” Provides Easy-to-Grasp Energy Score Posted on Dec 7

“Home MPG” Provides Easy-to-Grasp Energy Score

Home MPG – a cooperative initiative between DOER and Mass Save – provides a no-cost Energy Performance Score (EPS) that rates the building’s energy characteristics – rather than occupants’ life-style – much like a vehicle MPG rating, and allows comparison between area homes based on the structures’ expected energy use and carbon emissions.

It’s Getting Cold Out – Spend Less & Stay More Comfortable Posted on Nov 8

It’s Getting Cold Out – Spend Less & Stay More Comfortable

What can we do when the temperature plunges to keep our homes more comfortable and spend less on heat at the same time.

Step-by-Step Guide to Solarize Posted on Oct 10

Step-by-Step Guide to Solarize

Alicia Barton McDevitt CEO and Executive Director at Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) View Alicia's Bio You only have until October 31 to take advantage of the economic and environmental benefits of the Solarize Massachusetts Program.  Solarize Massachusetts allows residents and small businesses to access   …Continue Reading Step-by-Step Guide to Solarize