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A to Z is a database of conservation measures for residents and businesses of Concord, MA. to reduce their impact on the environment. The types of conservation measures vary from food, auto, water, heat and home appliances. These measures can also be accessed using the advanced search tool.

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Small Commercial Lighting

This program provided by the Concord Light Plant is aimed at helping small businesses make lighting upgrades that save energy and money. Eligible upgrades must have a payback of five years or less. For more details, contact concordlight@concordma.gov or call 978-318-3151.

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Rebates

Those interested in a solar option may qualify for rebates of up to $1,000 per kilowatt of installed capacity for solar photovoltaic (PV) projects with a payback to the Town of less than 10 years based on the Light Plant's estimated avoided capacity costs. Read More »

Thermostat: Programmable

Programmable thermostats allow you to set your heating and air conditioning levels according to your household or business needs over the course of a day or a week. Try lowering heat to 62 (or lower) at night, and increasing the setting on your air conditioner to 75 (or higher) during hot days.

Travel Shutdown: Household

Before leaving home, check that all appliances and heating or air conditioning systems are set to use the least energy while you're away (i.e., turn off/down appliances, turn down heat, turn off air conditioning).


For a primer on telecommuting, see Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommuting Read "The Ten Advantages of Telecommuting": http://www.gilgordon.com/telecommutesafe/telebenefits.html Read about telecommuting trends and how you can telecommute (and join the American Telecommuting Association for $10) at: http://www.yourata.com/index.html

Trade Shows

Instead of purchasing a new trade show booth try a re-usable trade show production service from companies such as SecondLife Exhibits http://www.secondlifeexhibits.com/

Tax Deduction: Solar or Wind-Powered Systems

"Businesses may deduct from net income, for state excise tax purposes, costs incurred from the installation of any "solar or wind powered climatic control unit and any solar or wind powered water heating unit or any other type unit or system powered thereby." The installation must be located in Massachusetts and used exclusively in the trade or business of the corporation. A system or unit that qualifies for this deduction will not be taxed under the tangible property measure of the state's corporate excise tax. Read More »

Tax Exemption: Solar or Wind Powered Systems

"This statute exempts solar and wind energy systems that qualify for the Excise Tax Deduction for Solar or Wind Powered Systems from the tangible property measure of the state's corporate excise tax. The exemption is in effect for the length of the system's depreciation period" (DSIRE site).

Visit Tax Exemption for more information regarding this type of exemption.

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"Around the world, there has been a three-fold increase in extreme weather events over the past three decades."

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