Susan S. Kaplan
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, Department of Energy Resources
Do you know that a typical U.S. household spends almost 20 percent of its utility bill on cooling? To make your dollars go further, you can take several low cost steps to stop wasting energy and save money.
* Remember to have your HVAC system serviced annually to ensure it’s running at optimum efficiency for money and energy savings.
* Swap out incandescent bulbs with more energy-efficient lighting choices. Energy Star qualified lighting not only uses less energy, it also produces about 75 percent less heat than incandescent lighting, so cooling bills will be reduced, too.
* Seal your air ducts. As much as 20 percent of the air moving through your home’s duct system is lost due to leaks and poor connections. Seal duct work using mastic sealant or metal tape and insulate all the ducts that you can access (such as those in attics, crawlspaces, unfinished basements, and garages).
* Make sure that connections at vents and registers are well-sealed where they meet floors, walls, and ceilings. These are common locations to find leaks and disconnected ductwork.
For help with these and other energy saving actions, contact Mass Save, an initiative sponsored by Massachusetts’ gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers, which work closely with the Department of Energy Resources.
Home Baked Energy Efficiency with a Tasty Glazing posted on Sep 30
To reduce home energy consumption as rates rise, one town in Northwest Massachusetts has found a creative do-it-yourself solution.
Renewables To Blunt Power Outages From Major Storms posted on Sep 26
To make sure that Massachusetts can avoid the energy-related problems faced by New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania during Hurricane Sandy, the Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative will provide municipalities with reliable, renewable alternatives to diesel generators that also align with the Commonwealth’s greenhouse gas reduction and clean energy goals.
Energizing Future Generations posted on Sep 23
For the past two years, Massachusetts has participated in a federal program that recognizes schools working hard to educate future generations about clean energy and improvements in Massachusetts school buildings. This year, the Commonwealth will again participate in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools recognition program.