Mayor Setti Warren, Green Newton, the Newton Clergy Association, and Next Step Living have officially announced the Newton Energy $avers initiative with the goal of conducting 1,000 home energy assessments (HEA) within one year. More than 2,600 Newton homes have had HEAs since 2009.
“These free home energy efficiency assessments will help homeowners save money, save energy, and participate in a city-wide effort to advance environmental sustainability” said Mayor Warren. “We hope homeowners embrace energy conservation because many of the steps are simple, cost-effective, and will help reduce Newton’s carbon footprint.”
The Newton TAB featured a home energy assessment that was completed on October 1 at the Newton home of Maryann and Matt Siegel – host of KISS 108’s “Matty in the Morning Show.” “We’re delighted to help the City by encouraging our community to get involved in this important initiative,” said Matt Siegel. “Maryann and I are hoping the assessment will show us ways to help the environment and save money. This Newton Energy $avers initiative is one aspect of Mayor Warren’s comprehensive sustainability efforts to encourage environmentally sustainable practices. Other programs have included solar development at schools and on other municipal properties, the replacement of approximately 8,000 Newton streetlights with LED, and steps within municipal buildings to conserve energy.
It is estimated that the energy initiatives completed under the Warren Administration will save Newton taxpayers $30 to 40 million over the next 20 years. To schedule a home energy assessment, please call 800-873-1649 and mention “Newton Energy Savers”or visit: http://www.nextstepliving.com/Newton.
For more info, please contact the City of Newton’s Director of Sustainability, Andrew Savitz: (617) 796-1019 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Newton has replaced all 8,406 of its streetlights with new energy efficient LED fixtures. This conversion is saving taxpayer money, reducing the City of Newton’s carbon footprint and enhancing public safety. If you have a request for a light adjustment, please feel free to use the 3-1-1 system. The pole number (found on the street side of the telephone pole) and an explanation of the issue helps ensure we can adjust your light properly.
Cost – the new lights 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.
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.