A to Z

A to Z is a database of conservation measures for residents and businesses of Concord, MA. to reduce their impact on the environment. The types of conservation measures vary from food, auto, water, heat and home appliances. These measures can also be accessed using the advanced search tool.

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Personal Tax Credit: Renewable Energy State

"This statute, enacted in 1979, provides a 15% credit against the state income tax for the cost of a renewable-energy system (including installation) installed on an individual’s primary residence." -DSIRE site

Click Personal Tax Creditfor more information.

Vegetarian Diet

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, livestock farming contributes more to global warming than total worldwide transportation. To reduce your carbon/environmental footprint, consider reducing the meat in your diet, or becoming a vegetarian. For information about the benefits of being a vegetarian, and becoming a vegetarian gradually: http://vegetarian.lifetips.com/cat/62069/benefits-of-a-vegetarian-diet/

Vinyl Alternatives

According to the EPA http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/hlthef/vinylchl.html and other organizations http://www.vinylchloridefyi.com/vinyl_chloride_health_effects.html , Vinyl is one of the most toxic substances in widespread use today. Vinyl is typically the only substrate available for signs, banners, awnings and other marketing materials. There is now a non-toxic alternative called Eco-Flexx. Learn more at Eco-flexx.com.

Water Heating Systems for Homes

For information on water heating options, including tankless (demand) systems, see the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy website: http://www.aceee.org/consumerguide/waterheating.htm See Rinnai's tankless hot water heaters: http://www.foreverhotwater.com/ See Solar Roofs for solar hot water systems: http://www.solarroofs.com/

Water Conservation Tips

For 100 ways to conserve water, see: http://www.wateruseitwisely.com/ For information on water use and conservation in Massachusetts, see the state Department of Environmental Protection: http://www.mass.gov/dep/water/drinking.htm

Work Less!

Wind Turbines

If you have a second home on the water, consider buying a wind turbine.

Wood products: purchase products certified by the FSC

The Forest Stewardship Council certifies wood products that meet sustainability standards and do not contribute to climate change. Look for the FSC logo when purchasing wood products.

Ask Henry

Have a low impact living question? Want to reduce your carbon footprint?

Why Conserve?

"Around the world, there has been a three-fold increase in extreme weather events over the past three decades."

From company, Munich Re via the Boston Globe


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