Residential

Personal: HEAT Loan Program

"MassSAVE, a residential conservation services program administered by Massachusetts electric companies, gas companies and municipal aggregators, with oversight provided by The Division of Energy Resources (DOER) and The Department of Telecommunications and Energy (DTE), offers no-interest and low-interest financing to help residential consumers increase the energy efficiency of their homes through their HEAT Loan Program." -DSIRE site Read More »

Insulation and sealing air leaks: Tips for homeowners

Warm air leaking into your home during the summer and out of your home during the winter can waste energy and money. You may save as much as 10% on your heating and cooling bill by simply reducing the air leaks in your home. See:  For http://www.energysavers.gov/tips/insulation_sealing.cfm 

Invasive Species in Concord, MA

For a field guide to invasive species in Concord, see: http://www.concordma.gov/Pages/ConcordMA_Bylaws/invasives

For a town GIS map of invasive species, see:
http://www.mapsonline.net/concordma/index_plants.phtml

Problem Trees: Black Locust, Norway Maple, Tree-of-Heaven, Autumn-olive

Problem Small Trees and Shrubs: Common Buckthorn, Glossy Buckthorn, European Hedge-Privet, Japanese Knotweed

Investing: Green Securities

Also known as socially responsible investing (SRI), green investing considers the impact of your investments on the environment. There are many criteria for measuring green investments, so make sure and cross reference any investments touting themselves as "green." Helpful sites include:

http://www.socialinvest.org/

http://www.greenmoneyjournal.com/

See also Alternative Energy Stock and
Clea Tech Investing

Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency

Established in 1995, the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency [DSIRE] is an ongoing project of the North Carolina Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The DSIRE database is a comprehensive list of financial incentives for lowering your impact on the environment. Visit DSIRE Massachusetts for listings.

Junk mail: How to Reduce

For $15 and a few minutes of your time, you can reduce junk mail and save trees, water, and other precious resources. See: http://www.greendimes.com/

Commonwealth Solar Rebate Program: Energy Delivery - Solar Thermal

"Commonwealth Solar The Commonwealth Solar II Rebate Program and the Commonwealth Solar Stimulus Rebate Program provide rebates through a non-competitive application process for the installation of photovoltaic (PV) projects. Read More »

Laundry and Energy Efficiency

Use cold water to wash clothes. Wash only full, but not overfull, loads. If buying a new washer or dryer, consider an energy-efficient model. See: http://www.energyhawk.com/laundry/index.php  

Lawn Care: Push and Cordless Electric Mowers

For a full range of push mowers, see: http://www.eco-gardening.com/mowerslawn-care.php

Lighting Systems: Conservation

Turn off lights in rooms that are not being used. If you own a business, familiarize your employees with the lighting and heating systems so they know how to turn things off and on.

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Why Conserve?

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

From company, Munich Re via the Boston Globe

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