Egremont — Earlier this month, an Egremont Green Committee delegation attended a local conference on how towns and cities are setting high goals for increasing their use of renewable energy for electricity, heating and transportation. We came away with a bundle of information about initiatives in our area and around the world.
But first, a sampling of the hands-on tips we learned to help save money while conserving energy.
The place to start, speakers said, is by stopping drafts and making sure you are using your existing energy sources as efficiently as you can. This can be challenging in many of the older buildings in the Berkshires. However, several programs can help home and business owners. The Mass Saves program, run by utilities, offers free energy audits and no-cost products such as LED lights, advanced power strips and air sealants. It also offers rebates on qualifying energy-efficient heating, cooling and water-heating equipment. Check the website or call 1-866-527-2283. You may want to consider a zero-interest loan for energy-efficient home improvements, or a savings of up to 75 percent on installing insulation. Note that energy efficiency audits can be repeated every few years, since technologies and benefits change. (read more)
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