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Category Archives: Green Living

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

“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.

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

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

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 air conditioning use. When the leaves start to fall, it will let more light and warmth   …Continue Reading Energy saving tip of the week: Plant a tree

Meet me at the Meet-Up Posted on Sep 6

Meet me at the Meet-Up

Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs View Secretary Sullivan's Bio The strength of the Massachusetts clean energy ecosystem is a testament to the work we’ve done together from town to town   …Continue Reading Meet me at the Meet-Up

Back to School – SAGEE and NEED bring energy and environmental education to students Posted on Aug 29

Back to School – SAGEE and NEED bring energy and environmental education to students

Tom Witkin Marketing and Collaboration, Department of Energy Resources (DOER)  View Tom’s Bio Schools across the Commonwealth have designed programs that include energy and environment-related themes ranging from energy efficiency to recycling to renewable energy.  These initiatives − which include extensions to mandatory K-12 science curricula –   …Continue Reading Back to School – SAGEE and NEED bring energy and environmental education to students

Massachusetts clean energy sector grows by 11.2 percent Posted on Aug 29

Massachusetts clean energy sector grows by 11.2 percent

Alicia Barton McDevitt CEO and Executive Director at Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) View Alicia's Bio It was such a thrill to come on board at MassCEC on the heels of our recent announcement that Massachusetts has seen more than 11 percent job growth in   …Continue Reading Massachusetts clean energy sector grows by 11.2 percent

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