Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
Watch this space over the coming weeks for dozens of tips for living “greener,” delivered in categorized lists. Pick and choose tips from these lists, or challenge yourself to do them all. You will save energy and money and contribute to a more sustainable home, neighborhood, and world. Here’s part 1: general green living.
2. Buy products with an Energy Star label.
3. Learn about the environmental and energy issues in your area.
4. Donate your old clothing, shoes, car, furniture, etc.
5. Buy items in bulk.
6. Maintain and repair durable products instead of frequently buying new ones.
7. Buy used furniture and other items. It’s cheaper and keeps large items out of landfills.
Banking on Residential Solar Power posted on Sep 16
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Building Efficiency Gurus Exchange Ideas on Just About Everything posted on Sep 5
The American Council for Energy Efficient-Economy (ACEEE) selected me to present a paper on the Commonwealth’s Green Communities Program at ACEEE’s Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. It felt like going to college – the seniors all knew each other, while the freshmen were …Continue Reading Building Efficiency Gurus Exchange Ideas on Just About Everything
Comparing Homes – Energy-Saving Enters the Equation posted on Aug 28
Until recently, there was no way to easily figure energy efficiency into a home buying decision. Enter HomeMPG, a Massachusetts energy-saving initiative to pilot an energy performance score (EPS) in residential homes. This “asset” rating that’s analogous to a car’s MPG rating. Behavior is taken out of the equation so that any home’s energy use can be compared to any other home, allowing for an apples-to-apples comparison.