Energy smart Newton Program
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.
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 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 email@example.com.