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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

Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition – Local Steps Toward Nationwide Success Posted on Aug 6

Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition – Local Steps Toward Nationwide Success

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Clean Cities program didn’t get any china or platinum for its 20th anniversary this year. Instead the program’s anniversary gift is pride; pride in the fact that over two decades, nationwide efforts have saved more than 5 billion gallons   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition – Local Steps Toward Nationwide Success

Clean Energy Hack for Good Posted on Jul 30

Clean Energy Hack for Good

Have an idea for a clean energy app to make a clean energy improvement happen through a smartphone, the web, tablets, even desktop computers? Let me know ─ because it might just get done. There is rock star technical and design talent ready to “improve the   …Continue Reading Clean Energy Hack for Good

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