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More Affordable Heat Pumps

Posted by Loie Hayes on Monday, March 25, 2019 @ 04:51 PM

With our long, cold winters, we New Englanders face a stiff challenge to reduce our carbon footprint and still heat our homes. One tool that will be crucial to meeting this challenge is the heat pump. For many homes, they are already cost-effective. For others, that day is coming.

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Electric cars for urban apartment dwellers?

Posted by Loie Hayes on Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 12:50 PM

For months I watched with envy all the great deals on electric cars available through Drive Green with Mass Energy. As an urban apartment dweller without a driveway, I figured an electric vehicle (EV) just wasn’t in the realm of possibility.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Your solar questions answered: Mass Solar Connect webinar

Posted by Loie Hayes on Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 06:04 PM

There are less than two months left to take advantage of the Mass Solar Connect price savings on solar panels for your home or business. The deadline for participating is Oct 31. Learn more during our short webinar recording below.

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Tags: Renewable energy

Great feedback about Mass Solar Connect

Posted by Loie Hayes on Friday, August 25, 2017 @ 09:59 AM

Our members and friends are surprised at how easy it is to get the information you need to consider solar on the Mass Solar Connect web platform (powered by EnergySage), without a big sales pitch or a big demand for research or study. More than 300 people have now signed up for Mass Solar Connect information and we're getting great feedback.  (Rhode Islanders, we'll soon be offering you a similar program, but until then you can use EnergySage for great information and solar shopping.)

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Tags: Renewable energy

What does your electric bill tell you about where the money goes?

Posted by Loie Hayes on Sunday, July 16, 2017 @ 08:07 AM

The average Massachusetts and Rhode Island household uses about 600 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity every month. At about 20 cents for every kWh, this amounts to an electric bill of $120 a month. Here’s a guide to better understand where that money is going.

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Tags: Electricity and the grid

This online solar comparison platform is what you’ve been looking for: Mass Solar Connect is back

Posted by Loie Hayes on Thursday, June 08, 2017 @ 10:14 AM

Mass Solar Connect is going to simplify your solar shopping. This statewide initiative, directed by the Mass Clean Energy Center (Mass CEC), pairs Mass Energy’s strong social network with the rich on-line resources of our new partner, EnergySage. (Note: Rhode Island readers can also use EnergySage, but do not have access to the Mass Solar Connect program).

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Tags: Renewable energy

Three Steps to a Better Heating System

Posted by Loie Hayes on Saturday, April 01, 2017 @ 08:03 AM

Now that spring is here, we have plenty of time to prepare for next heating season. Heating system upgrades are a great way to help you save energy and money. Though upgrading may seem like an intimidating project, you can break it down into manageable steps.

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Tags: Energy efficiency, Home heating

New websites in MA & RI help you decode competitive electricity supply offers

Posted by Loie Hayes on Friday, January 06, 2017 @ 02:32 PM

One of our members called recently asking for help finding information on competitive electric suppliers, the electricity supply companies that often claim to offer cheaper rates – and sometimes greener powerthan the Basic Service offered by her electric utilitiy. More than likely, you’ve also received a knock on the door or something in the mail from competitive suppliers. So many suppliers had contacted our member that she felt she should find out what they were offering. She was particularly interested in renewable electricity options, but didn’t know who to trust.

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Tags: Massachusetts, Electricity and the grid, Rhode Island

Community-Scale Wind power: A Case Study for the Holidays

Posted by Loie Hayes on Thursday, December 22, 2016 @ 12:45 PM

The 600-kilowatt wind turbine at Holy Name Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School is one of the wind turbines in our green power portfolio. The driving force behind the project was Mary E. Riordan, the school’s former biology teacher and headmaster, and now its Director of Institutional Advancement. According to Kevin Schulte of Sustainable Energy Developments Inc., who consulted on the development of this and many other turbine installations, “For a project to succeed, it needs a real champion; for the Holy Name wind turbine project, that champion is Mary Riordan.”

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Tags: Renewable energy, Our programs

Mass Save: New Energy Saving Incentives for Renters

Posted by Loie Hayes on Tuesday, August 09, 2016 @ 02:33 PM

Mass Energy is proud of our role in advocating with the Green Justice Coalition for the creation of Mass Save’s 2016 initiatives to better serve renters and moderate-income households. This blog post by Loie Hayes, Mass Energy’s resident energy efficiency expert, describes the new renter-specific Home Energy Assessments.

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Tags: Massachusetts, Energy efficiency