How can your community reduce energy use
and cut costs?

Appoint an Energy Committee in your town. This committee can:

  • Contact the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative for resources and support for renewable energy projects. www.masstech.org
  • Explore renewable energy installations and efficiency/ conservation measures for new buildings and all renovations projects.
  • Communicate with like-minded groups on best energy practices.
  • Interact with the community and its officials  
    • write an energy column for your local newspaper
    • develop an 'energy policy' for the town
    • benchmark energy use for municipal and school buildings
  • Arrange an energy audit of town buildings with your gas and electric company. Seek out incentives offered by utility companies.

Municipal and School Department

  • Encourge energy efficient retrofits

    •  motion detectors/senors for lights
    •  programmable thermostats
    •  energy efficient bulbs and state-of-the-art light fixtures
    •  modernize boilers and cooling systems
    •  add insulation and weatherstripping 
  • Change traffic lights and exit signs to LEDs
  • Purchase Energy Star equipment - applicances & electronic equipment, http://www.energystar.gov/
  • Install wind and solar power
  • Buy electricity on the open market at a discounted futures rate

Transportation

  • Replace fleet vehicles with the most fuel efficient models
  • Encourage carpooling, biking, walking, use of public transportation
  • Offer incentives to hybrid owners, i.e. free metered parking, reduced charge on parking permits
  • Replace diesel buses with cleaner models, i.e. hybrid-electric diesel engines or compressed gas engines.
  • Add or improve bike paths
  • Encourage policing on bikes (also discourages crime)
  • Enforce no idling laws
  • Use biodiesel fuel

Renewables

  • Explore possible sites and conduct feasibility studies for solar power, wind power and geothermal installations.
  • Contact electricity provider at onset of capital projects for available funding, rebates and incentives for energy projects.
  • Seek out funding and support for renewable energy features. 
  • Participate in the 'Clean Energy Choice' program and Green Communities Act for funds for a renewable projects. www.cleanenergychoice.org

Education 

  • Encourage involvement of schools, teachers and religious institution.

  • Arrange for municipal leaders to visit 'green' buildings, i.e. Carlton School, Salem; Centerville School, Beverly; Holten-Richmond Middle School, Danvers; Cider Hill Farm, Amesbury; Joppa Flats Nature Center, Newbury; Boston Nature Center, Mattapan; Newton South High School, Genzyme Building, Kendall Square.

  • Ask municipal leaders to visit renewable energy sites.  Hull – wind power; IBEW, Rt 93- wind power; Beverly's Solar Now Greenergy Park; Cambridge Savings Bank in Newton -  solar, Trinity Street Church – geothermal; Gorlov turbine in Merrimac –  tidal power; Brockton – solar array, Mass Maritime - wind turbine. 
  • Pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Join the 200+ mayors across 38 states representing 42 million Americans in the "US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement" For info:  http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/climate/

Essex County

Communities


Amesbury

Andover


Beverly


Boxford

Danvers

Essex

Georgetown

Gloucester


Groveland

Hamilton

Haverhill


Ipswich


Lawrence

Lynn


Lynnfield

Manchester-by-the-Sea
 

Marblehead


Merrimac

Methuen

Middleton

Nahant


Newbury


Newburyport

North Andover

Peabody

Rockport


Rowley

Salem


Salisbury

Saugus

Swampscott


Topsfield

Wenham

West Newbury

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