More and more communities, businesses, and individuals are interested in finding ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Energy-efficiency measures are a good first step, but ultimately the best way to reduce CO2 emissions is to switch to cleaner, renewable energy. Renewable energy, such as wind, solar, or geothermal power, is not only better for the environment and people’s health, but it can also save money in the long run.
Here are are some important ways we can all make a difference.
Green your home
- Install solar today. One of the most effective ways that people can reduce their carbon footprint is to install solar power in their homes. Solar power produces no pollution and is ecologically sustainable. State and federal programs offer a variety of financial incentives that make switching to solar very attractive.
- Install a solar hot water system. If your roof is not big enough, install a smaller solar hot-water system. A solar hot-water system will address a major energy need. Learn more at Energysage.com. For financing information, go to the Mass Solar Loan Program.
- Choose a green electricity provider. Find a company that sells electricity generated from 100 percent renewable sources. It will cost slightly more but you will be reducing carbon emissions and sending in your vote to investors for continued investments in renewable energy. Learn more about GreenStart at Mass Energy. Learn more about GreenUp at National Grid.
Want to learn more?
- EnergySage. This site lists the top five reasons to go solar in Massachusetts, from the company that provides a simple, online marketplace for solar energy.
- Solar Access. This program, sponsored by Resonant Energy, enables any person or business,regardless of the owner’s income or credit score, to host solar panels in exchange for clean power and energy savings.
- Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Here you’ll find information about making the switch to clean energy, provided by this state’s economic development agency.
- Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Investigate financial incentives for going solar.
- Mass Energy Consumers Alliance (Mass Energy). Thisnonprofit organization works to make energy more affordable and environmentally sustainable.
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Join us September 29th at the fair where key topics that are covered include solar energy, ways to be more energy efficient, the benefits of RRR (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), and how to support carbon sequestration.Learn More