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Category Archives: Consumer Issues

One Month Left to “Go Solar” at Discounted Rates Posted on Sep 28

One Month Left to “Go Solar” at Discounted Rates

Alicia Barton McDevitt CEO and Executive Director at Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) View Alicia's Bio With a couple of weeks left before this program’s new October 31 deadline, I’m excited to tell you that our solar bulk purchasing program – Solarize Mass – is   …Continue Reading One Month Left to “Go Solar” at Discounted Rates

A Tornado’s Path to Energy Efficiency Posted on Sep 18

A Tornado’s Path to Energy Efficiency

Enter ReBuild Western Massachusetts (“ReBuild”) is a partnership between the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). Thanks to a combination of federal stimulus and state funding, ReBuild put millions of dollars on the table in the form of grants for any homeowner (who can also take advantage of zero interest bank loans), business owner or municipality that can document tornado damage.

New Trees Grow in Springfield Posted on Sep 14

New Trees Grow in Springfield

Ted Dobbin Clean Energy Fellow, Department of Energy Resources (DOER) View Ted's Bio Following the devastation of last year’s tornadoes, which destroyed an estimated 4,000 trees, Springfield residents decided to step up to the plate and rebuild their neighborhoods. ReGreen Springfield created the Tree Planting   …Continue Reading New Trees Grow in Springfield

Energy saving tip of the week: Plant a tree Posted on Sep 12

Energy saving tip of the week: Plant a tree

Susan S. Kaplan Director of Marketing &Stakeholder Engagement, Department of Energy Resources View Susan's Complete Bio Planting a deciduous tree on the west or south side of your house can provide shade that will help keep it cool in the summer, which may reduce your   …Continue Reading Energy saving tip of the week: Plant a tree

Energy saving tip of the week: Home energy assessment Posted on Aug 27

Energy saving tip of the week: Home energy assessment

Hannah Brunelle Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Hannah's Bio Is your home energy efficient? Find out with a no-cost Home Energy Assessment from Mass Save®! Your no-cost Home Energy Assessment includes: Personalized report outlining recommended energy efficiency improvements Installation of no-cost   …Continue Reading Energy saving tip of the week: Home energy assessment

Wood is Heating Homes Again – But Cleaner and More Efficiently Posted on Aug 16

Wood is Heating Homes Again –  But Cleaner and More Efficiently

Daniel Hubbell Marketing & outreach intern, Department of Energy Resources (DOER) View Dan's Bio Some of my earliest memories revolve around standing in front of the cast iron stove in my living room, or helping my father find the wood to fill it on autumn   …Continue Reading Wood is Heating Homes Again – But Cleaner and More Efficiently

Spartan’s solar story Posted on Aug 7

Spartan’s solar story

Christie Howe Project Manager, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center View Christie's Complete Bio Greenfield is a hotbed of sustainable action, including its designation as a Green Community, numerous residential and commercial-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, and more recently a great deal of solar thermal activity.  As   …Continue Reading Spartan’s solar story

Energy saving tip of the week: Find the right light Posted on Aug 2

Energy saving tip of the week: Find the right light

Hannah Brunelle Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Hannah's Bio   credit: estarlights The Sponsors of Mass Save, including Cape Light Compact, National Grid, NSTAR, Unitil and Western Massachusetts Electric Company have created the ENERGY STAR LIGHTS catalog to offer discounted energy-efficient   …Continue Reading Energy saving tip of the week: Find the right light

Das Haus Posted on Jul 30

Das Haus

Daniel Hubbell Marketing & outreach intern, Department of Energy Resources (DOER) View Dan's Bio Every now and again I hear a homeowner utter the phrase “A man’s home is his castle.” In some ways it’s a comforting thought. Coming home after a long hard day   …Continue Reading Das Haus

Energy saving tip of the week: Office energy solutions Posted on Jul 27

Energy saving tip of the week: Office energy solutions

Hannah Brunelle Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Hannah's Bio Be an energy champion in your workplace! Making small adjustments and implementing change in your office can save energy while cutting down on bills.  Lighting: Replace traditional light bulbs with   …Continue Reading Energy saving tip of the week: Office energy solutions