All around you, investments are being made, savings are being captured, people are working, technology is evolving, and homes and workplaces are becoming more comfortable.
Under the Green Communities Act signed by Governor Patrick in 2008, Massachusetts’ electric and natural gas companies have committed to tripling their investments in energy efficiency between 2010 and 2012, in order to lock in savings of $6 billion for customers. Energy use in homes, businesses, and government buildings is being assessed. Leaks that let air out of buildings are being sealed. Insulation is being blown into walls and ceilings. High efficiency heating and cooling systems and appliances are replacing energy hogs.
Recently, Massachusetts has been recognized for its national leadership by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), which ranked Massachusetts as the second most energy efficient state in the country. Given that this ranking didn’t include current budgets and expected savings from the 2010-12 plan, Massachusetts has the inside track for #1 next year.
But national leadership isn’t as important as whether or not each individual, business, and municipality capitalizes on every opportunity to do more, while using less energy. That’s where the benefits lie – in managing your costs, maximizing your comfort, and becoming more energy independent. New Englanders are known for our practicality, and frugality, as well as our innovation. Help us keep Massachusetts abuzz. It’s easy; just visit MassSave.com and get into action.
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.
Community Adoption of Energy Efficient Building Codes Stretches to 143 posted on Jul 2
Eight more municipalities (Dalton, Goshen, Halifax, Holliston, Upton, Wellfleet, Lanesborough, and Stoughton) recently adopted the Stretch Energy Code, criterion five for Green Community designation, and will now work to ensure that new construction and major renovations are more energy efficient. With these additions, the total number of participating municipalities has reached 143.