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.
Solar a “No-Go” on Your Roof? Share Through Community Solar posted on Jul 16
Harvard residents who wanted solar on their homes and were unable to get it due to shading, sloping, or structural barriers, found a solution by sharing the Harvard Solar Garden, an approximately 250 kW project, provides 41 residents and six small businesses with sustainable, clean energy. .
Summer’s Here: Shed Layers and Shed Loads posted on Jul 11
Electricity usage throughout New England reaches its peak during summer heat waves, causing our electricity bills to spike. During periods of high demand, electric utilities typically call on more expensive “peaking” plants to provide extra power. These costs are passed onto larger, non-residential consumers through demand charges on their monthly electricity bill. Municipal buildings can save a significant sum of money if they shut off portions of their electricity during these peak periods.
Massachusetts Rebates Supercharge Electric Vehicle Market posted on Jul 7
The MOR-EV initiative provides rebates of up to $2,500 for electric, fuel cell vehicles and plug-in vehicles with large batteries, and $1,500 for plug-in electric vehicles with smaller batteries. All Massachusetts residents are eligible to receive incentives on purchased and leased new electric vehicles until the rebate funds are gone.