The Carlisle Solar Challenge is a community solar campaign sponsored by the Carlisle Energy Task Force with support from the Town of Carlisle. The objective of the Carlisle Solar Challenge is to make it easier and more affordable for Carlisle residents to adopt and own residential solar energy systems. Our goal is to double the amount of residential solar from about 70 solar systems today to more than 140 home solar systems by the end of 2015. Request a Free Home Solar Evaluation Continue reading
How are You Using Energy in Your Home? – Measure Energy and find out
You can go to the Carlisle Library and borrow a Kill-o-Watt plug load monitor to measure how much energy your appliances and ghost loads on you cell phone chargers, TV, stereo, DVD player, computers use when they are not in use. These devises counts consumption by the kilowatt-hour and Calculate electricity expenses by the day, week, month, or year as well as display volts, amps, and wattage within 0.2 percent accuracy
To sign-up for your no-cost home energy assessment, call 866-867-8729 or visit www.nextsteplivinginc.com/carlisle
Many Carlisle residents are unaware of the cash incentives and rebates available through the Mass Save Home Energy Services Program. The Mass Save program provides residents, both owners and renters, with a no-cost home energy assessment.
You will receive immediate savings from the assessment alone, with the installation of no-cost compact fluorescent light bulbs, digital programmable thermostats and water saving devices for your sink(s) and shower(s).
Your home energy advisor will also provide you with a report of recommendations subsidized by the Mass Save program, which will allow you to cut your energy bills even further. The recommendations could include, no-cost air sealing in the attic and basement rim joist, to reduce air leakage. Any recommended insulation improvements you choose to go forward with qualifies for a 75% off instant incentive, up to $2,000 a year. Through the no-cost Mass Save home energy assessment, residents will also receive information and applications for Mass Save rebates and a 0% interest loan that can be used to replace inefficient single-pane windows, air-conditioning, hot water and heating equipment. Continue reading
This article was recommended by Carlisle School 5th grader Sarah Mathews who is recycling and composting in Carlisle
In the United States, approximately 70% of everyday waste is recyclable. Of this 70%, Americans only recycle about 30%. This means that more than half of the waste that could be recycled in one way or another is instead ending up in landfills across the country. Landfills are quickly becoming overfilled with waste that cannot simply disintegrate in the landfill within our lifetimes. One plastic water bottle, for instance, takes around 450 years to disintegrate.
• Traditional Methods of Recycling – Plastic, Glass
• Getting Creative with Recycling – Clothes, Freecycle, Make Art
• Worm Composting
• More Recycling Resources
Rebates for Residential Cold-Climate Heat Pumps
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (Mass CEC) just announced new rebates for installation of certain residential cold-climate heat pumps under its Clean Heating and Cooling Program:
- Act now—Installation must be complete and rebate application submitted no later than February 28, 2015
- Rebates range from $750 to $3750, depending on system size and type:
- Ductless mini-split heat pumps: $750 per heat pump, up to three heat pumps
- Central or ductless multi-head heat pumps: $750 per ton (12,000 Btu/hour) of heating capacity, up to 5 tons
- Includes qualified heat pumps only, installed by qualified installers. Multiple heat pumps from three major manufacturers are currently qualified.
- Must have had a home energy audit within 24 months, or plan to have one within 6 months
- See Mass CEC website for further details: http://www.masscec.com/solicitations/residential-air-source-heat-pumps
- For more information on cold-climate heat pumps, see article at: http://greencarlisle.org/wordpress/heat-pumps-for-cold-climates-yes-indeed/
Carlisle Energy Task Force member, Bob Zogg shares his experience and knowledge on the benefits of heat pumps. “The conventional wisdom is that it’s a bad idea to heat a home with an electric heat pump in New England. Everyone knows that heat pumps are noisy, inefficient, unreliable, and just don’t put out enough heat for New England winters. So, why did my wife and I install an electric heat pump two years ago? We did it to cut our heating bills in half, to reduce our environmental footprint, and to make our home more comfortable year-round” Read the article Cold Climate Heat Pumps 2014 and learn how they might work for you.
“Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased” Source IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report Summary for Policymakers Page 4
Climate change is a serious threat to the health and welfare of American families. EPA is taking common-sense action to reduce carbon pollution and promote a cleaner energy economy. Meanwhile, many families, communities, businesses, and states are taking action to reduce carbon pollution.
For Earth Month, we’re sharing 30 tips to help you act on climate. Help us spread the word! Share these tips with your friends and family on social media using the #ActOnClimate hashtag. Learn more…
How much meat and dairy products we eat isn’t just a health issue, it’s also an environmental issue. Environmental Working Group has done research and calculated the life cycle total of greenhouse gas emissions for common protein foods and vegetables. Click here to see the comparison chart and explore their informative website.
If you want to go deeper into this important topic, Johns Hopkins offers a free online course called Food Production, Public Health, and the Environment
Check out this TED talk by New York Times food writer Mark Bittman: What’s wrong with what we eat