Alicia Presenting Massachusetts Home Energy Seminars

Last winter a colleague and I developed a series of Home Energy Savings seminars for the Massachusetts Municipal Association.   These seminars discuss ways to reduce electricity and water use through a variety of do-it-yourself home improvements and more in-depth investments to reduce your energy usage for heating and cooling.  The seminars present information about […]

Sleep your PC to Save Energy

Personal computers account for about 1% of the total carbon emissions in the world according to the PC Energy Report 2009. Almost every family in the US has at least one computer at home and the sad fact is that most of the electricity used by computers at home is wasted.  Not because the computer is […]

Christmas Light Trade-In at Home Depot – Limited Time!

We’re often asked what people should do with incandescent lightbulbs and Christmas lights strings.   We have a limited-time answer and discount! Take your old incandescent light strings (working or not working) to Home Depot and receive a $3 off coupon for the purchase of energy efficient LED Christmas Lights.  Limit 5 exchanges per customer and this […]

Deep Energy Retrofit Example

So, we were wrapping birthday presents in the local newspaper when we noticed Jon’s picture on the front page. He recently went to visit a house on which the owner had done a deep energy retrofit. The article points to some of the more extreme things that can be done to make a very efficient […]

Going Green Boston

Last year about this time, David Brown of WCVB Channel 5 in Boston did a Going Green Boston segment about our family and the things we have done to reduce our energy usage and “go green.” Check out the short segment.  He mentions a number of the basic things you can do: Going Green Boston: Towns […]

What incentives are available for you?

One of the most common questions I get asked by friends and strangers about renewable energy, efficiency or general sustainability is: What are the incentives for me?  Now, there are the “green” incentives like doing good for the planet and combating climate change and then there is the other type of “green,” the almighty dollar.  Fortunately, utilities, local, […]