Students are Leaders

There is hardly a week now that we do not read or hear about young people taking the initiative in our struggles to cope with the challenges of a pandemic, a recession, police brutality and racial injustice – and all of it against the backdrop of unrelenting climate change. On June 6th, I attended a Black Lives Matter rally in Great Barrington. It was organized, in part, by Calista Nelson, a senior at the local high school and her friend Langston Stahler and drew a larger crowd than any other event in Great Barrington before. Calista led through the action, announcing speakers and giving a short speech herself. I had met her before when she was tabling outside the local co-op selling raffle tickets for a school-related cause. A friend of mine who used to be her teacher also told me that she was one of the leaders in her school trying to organize a school chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Also...
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Virtual Audits and Free Insulation

COVID 19: Free Virtual Audits and Free Insulation “Virtual home energy assessments”  In response to the current situation, the State of Massachusetts and the utility companies have worked closely with home energy assessment providers to create an opportunity for home energy assessments to be delivered remotely for all one to four unit buildings – without the need for anyone to visit your home. These assessments can be completed with a smart phone or device and an ability to take and electronically send a small number of digital photographs of your home. These assessments can result in the same benefits as a more traditional in-person assessments, including the free at-home delivery of any identified ‘instant savings measures’ (LED lightbulbs, smart power strips, etc.) and the identification of larger savings opportunities like improved home insulation and more efficient heating systems. While the implementation of some of these larger measures might need to wait until the suspension has been lifted, many of the traditional incentives...
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ener-G-save’s Cooler Communities team has joined the Ecochallenge

As you can imagine, our Cooler Communities events in 5 Western MA towns had to be postponed into the fall or next spring, due to the COVID 19 crisis. We hope that as you read this, you and yours are healthy and able to navigate these challenges with support and care around you. In order to still offer a chance to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this month and to collectively take action to care for the earth, we joined the Earth Day Ecochallenge. Our team is 50 people strong already, learning and pledging daily or one-time actions to honor, support and heal the earth. Can we get to 75 this week? Come join our Cooler Communities team at the Earth Day Ecochallenge It is fun and encouraging to see over 600 teams across the country participate and see everyone’s impact - from saving water to advocacy, from healthy gardening to learning about local climate solutions.   ...
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Workshop for Landlords

Workshop for Landlords and Property Managers We are offering a free workshop designed especially for landlords in the Springfield area about services from Massachusetts’ Mass Save Program. You will have the chance to learn from Tom Jordan of Clear Result about the following: You are entitled to a free energy audit of your rented buildings You will learn about the free services and products that are available to you and your tenants You will be informed about 0% loans available to you so that you can do more to make your property energy efficiency. At this time when climate change is spoken about broadly, here is your chance to do your share. How you’ll benefit: Cost of utilities that you or your tenants pay will go down, resulting in more consistent occupancy rates Your tenants will be happier (see our founders video about this here and below!)  and more collaborative - you helped them save on bills! The value of your property will go up (every...
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Update Cooler Communities

We are thrilled to see students from Northampton jumping into planning for a Cooler Communities even in their town. Here, at the Western Mass Student Climate Summit, they are beginning to create an action plan under the inspired guidance of previous student leaders. In a room full of engaged students the energy is positive and determined, as you can see from the Thank You card! ...
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In the Media…

We've been so busy working away that we have neglected this blog for a while - no longer! Listen in on WAMC about how the City of Springfield and Ener-G-save work together to build on the success the city has had in reducing its energy use and saving millions of dollars. Mayor Sarno declared October energy efficiency month and with his support Ener-G-save helped more than 100 residents just last month to access energy efficiency programs. ...
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Cooler Communities in Action

This was fun! Here is a look at Agawam Cooler Community Challenge and Cooler Communities Berkshires! The passion of the students and of the organizers makes this program so worthwhile. "This brings the whole community together around this really important topic", said Mayor Sapelli from Agawam. And that is the whole idea. Saving energy is fun and when it's done as a community the impact multiplies. It's a win-win, as Sheila Hoffman, the Assitant Superintendent says. And we are thrilled to be expanding it to more communities in the next school year. Interested? Contact: education@ener-g-save.com...
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Results!

Results! This past April, Ener-G-Save and many partners came together in Pittsfield MA to host the 2019 Berkshire Earth Expo. Then, in May, the Agawam Cooler Community Challenge followed. We are really excited to be announcing the results: Of the roughly 700 visitors who came to the events, a total of 191 filled out valid "carbon trackers" to monitor how their homes and lifestyles contributed to the towns overall carbon output and to pledge actions they would take to reduce energy waste. The options ranged from auditing and weatherizing a home to save on heating and cooling to joining a community solar farm to consolidating errands to save on gas among many more. If followed through on, these actions save about 226 tons of CO2 and $25,100 energy dollars in the Berkshires: the equivalent of removing 32 cars from the road. The numbers for Agawam are even more impressive: $87,600 in energy savings and 605 tons of CO2 emission reductions per year. This...
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Agawam Cooler Community “an outstanding success”

Since our last post here, (yes, it's been too long!) we have been developing the Cooler Community project, a mini-grant program for schools and students to inspire energy savings in their community. You can learn more about here. Now, we have exciting news to report. We will start with Agawam: On May 23rd, 2019, ener-G-save and our many partners in the town and schools of Agawam came together in hosting the Agawam Cooler Community Expo in the Agawam Sigh school. The expo was a great success, boasting a turnout of about 350 people, with 117 visitors pledging to take one or more steps towards more efficient, cleaner and healthier energy use. The event provided visitors numerous opportunities to learn about the many incentives available to save money in their homes, the cost-effectiveness of renewable energy, and the positive environmental impacts these can have on a larger scale.     The exhibits ranged from informative posters and displays created by students detailing renewable energy from hydrogen to solar,...
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ener-G-save is entering its second year….

Agawam, August 21st, 2018 Ener-G-save, a project funded by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, is entering its second year of community outreach to assist homeowners in Pioneer Valley in taking advantage of generous utility programs for energy efficiency. Massachusetts is a leader in the nation as far as energy efficiency is concerned; yet there remains a lot to be done. “Since we all pay for the utilities’ energy efficiency programs through a surcharge on our bills, it only makes sense to utilize them to their fullest extent for each and every eligible home,” says Susan Olshuff, who will be managing the outreach efforts in the coming year. Homeowners can call the ener-G-save hotline right now at 413-279-9141 to line up their free assessment.   “Last year, we focused on homeowners in 10 towns in Pioneer Valley, kicking off the project by taking thermal images of homes on a large scale. The response from towns, grassroots organizations, faith groups, and businesses was so positive that our...
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