Susan S. Kaplan
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, Department of Energy Resources
On Saturday, October 23, the buzz in Medford was all about energy. At the base of “Windy,” the newly named wind turbine at the McGlynn Elementary and Middle Schools, area residents, town and state officials, and exhibitors enjoyed the sun – and wind – as they learned about energy in their homes, vehicles, and products.
The Department of Energy Resources, city of Medford, and Mass Energy Consumers Alliance hosted the “Harvest Your Energy Festival” for area residents to learn how to save energy and money, tap the power of solar energy, and connect with free energy assessments and efficiency rebates – all while enjoying a beautiful fall day. Festival attendees were able to ride a hybrid bicycle, meet Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster, check out a plug-in hybrid car, and see what students are learning about energy in the local schools.
The cities and towns of Arlington, Cambridge, Lexington, Medford, Melrose, Newton, and Salem were given ceremonial grant checks to recognize their designation as Green Communities. Grants will be used to finance projects that cut energy use and use renewable sources. Thirty-five communities have already earned Green Community designation.
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.
Massachusetts Milestone: 15,000 Solar Installations posted on Aug 25
Massachusetts has just surpassed an exciting milestone of 15,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, proving that solar energy has become a smart, popular choice here. In fact, as of August 21, there were 15,762 systems installed across Massachusetts, a twenty-fold increase from 2007 when Governor Deval …Continue Reading Massachusetts Milestone: 15,000 Solar Installations