Newton Sustainability

New LED Street Lights

The installation is expected to be completed in September of 2014. The City of Newton is currently replacing all 8,406 of its streetlights with new energy efficient LED fixtures. This conversion will save taxpayer money, reduce the City of Newton’s carbon footprint and enhance public safety. The installation is expected to be completed in September of 2014.

Background

Newton last replaced city streetlights in 2007, going from mercury vapor lights to high pressure sodium. Those lights have aged and are failing at a rate of 60-100 bulbs per month. This project will convert the city’s 8,406 streetlights over to new LED fixtures, which provide multiple benefits:

  • Cost – the new lights will use about 42% of the energy the existing lights use, saving the city in excess of $190,000 per year in energy costs, and over $80,000 per year in labor costs of replacing worn out bulbs. That is more than $3.8 million in taxpayer savings over 20 years.
  • Energy Savings – the new LED fixtures will save at least 1.8 million kilowatt hours per year. The avoided electricity will reduce greenhouse gas emissions of 1,240 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year.
    • Equal to the emissions of 261 cars per year 
    • 139,000 gallons of gasoline 
    • 113 homes worth of energy use 
  • Public safety – the new streetlights provide more uniform lighting with fewer shadows, providing a light color much closer to moonlight instead of the yellow cast of sodium lights, giving better visibility. 
  • Longevity – the new bulbs will last for twenty years, contrasting the 7-8 years of the existing lights.


Energy Smart Newton

In February of 2012, Mayor Warren joined businesses and residents in proudly announcing the Energy Smart Newton program, a new, innovative initiative aimed at reducing energy usage city-wide by 20% by the year 2020. This comprehensive approach will address the municipal, commercial and residential sectors. As a Green Community as designated by the Commonwealth's Department of Energy Resources, our goal is to reduce energy usage in the municipal sector as quickly as possible, setting the pace and saving over 30,000 Million Metric Btu's (a standard energy measurement which combines electric kWh and gas therms). NSTAR is a partner in this effort, offering technical advice and financial incentives worth 100's of thousands of dollars to achieve this level of energy reduction. If you are a resident or business owner interested in reducing your energy consumption, below is some useful information on how to get started.

Businesses and Non-profits

Through a partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and NStar, businesses can schedule an appointment to receive an energy audit. Many local businesses have already participated in this program and found tremendous savings that benefit not only the environment but their bottom line as well. To find out more or get help in scheduling an appointment, please contact Peter Smith at the Chamber of Commerce at 617-244-5300.

Residential

We are pleased to announce as part of the program the option for residents to receive a cost-free energy audit of their home. The intent is to make Newton a more sustainable community and take seriously our city's goal to reduce our energy consumption. The Newton Eco-project is an initiative of Green Decade Newton.  The Eco-project, with a grant from the Bar Foundation promotes the Mass Save residential energy incentive program. That is the "No Cost Home Energy Assessments" (free energy audits). It includes free air sealing, subsidized insulation installation, generous rebates on appliances and equipment, and a 0% loan programs for new equipment and window replacements. Newton residents can sign-up by visiting the Eco-project website at http://www.newtonecoproject.com/. Click on the 'Get a free energy assessment' link on the left.

You may also call Next Step Living at 866 867-8729. It is generally easier to sign up on-line. The Home energy assessments take about two hours. Auditors issue a report analyzing what your home needs and provide free programmable thermostats, shower heads, aerators and CFL bulbs. Please contact Jay Walter with any questions about your audit or about the Mass Save program incentives at 617-527-8383, or entasis@rcn.com.


New Solar On Schools Program

In partnership with the School Department and Ameresco, the City Of Newton has installed over 2,700 solar panels, generating 685 kilowatts of power on Newton North High School, Brown Middle School, and the Countryside and Memorial Spaulding Elementary Schools. This project saves the City more than $40,000.00 annually. Click here to see the real time power generation for our solar panels.