Director, Energy Efficiency Division, Department of Energy Resources
There’s so much great activity happening around the Commonwealth as we build our clean energy future that it’s hard to keep track, so I shouldn’t have been surprised to find a great energy project happening in my very own neighborhood.
My wife and I were walking through Davis Square last weekend and saw scaffolding up against a typical Somerville home. On second glance, I noticed the shiny coating on the sheets that sided the house-in-progress, and a stack of double-layer insulation foam panels – a Deep Energy Retrofit was under way! The owner was walking around the corner of her house as we came by, so we got to say hello and talk to her about the project. She said she had needed to replace the old siding for a while, and a friend of hers convinced her to take on this project. When it is done, she expects it to dramatically reduce the energy required to keep the home comfortable for her and her tenants. She has also launched a blog complete with photos of the insulation projects and a YouTube video of a window replacement, so you can follow her progress.
Banking on Residential Solar Power posted on Sep 16
“It’s a house, it’s a car, it’s a … solar panel?” In the coming months, the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is hoping a new residential solar loan program will spark that question and interest in renewable power at local lending institutions across the Commonwealth. …Continue Reading Banking on Residential Solar Power
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.