Residential

Computers and Energy Efficiency

These days, computers are the number one way we get our information, but there are ways to make our electronic friends more energy efficient as well: • Turn off your computer at night or when you are not using it for several hours. • Enable the Power Management feature for your monitor. • Turn off your computer monitor when you are not using your computer for 15 minutes or longer. • If you buy a new computer, consider a laptop. Laptops use only 1/4 the energy of a standard desktop. • If you buy a new monitor, consider a flat screen. Read More »

Composting

Trash is everywhere, and it's becoming a problem. So why not answer two green dilemmas at once by transforming your lawn and kitchen leftovers into fertile soil for your vegetable and flower beds. See Concordnet.org for more information on composting. Concord residents may pickup up free compost and woodchips made from Concord yard waste whenever the Composting Site is open. Bring your own shovel and barrels or other containers. Read More »

Carpool

Not only is carpooling a great way to cut down on the nasty side-effects of gasoline emissions, but it's also a lot more fun to share the grueling Monday commute with a friend. Find Concord carpool options at: http://www.erideshare.com/carpool.php?city=Concord&state=MA&zip=01742

Carbon Offsets

The phrase "carbon offsets" doesn't tell you a whole lot, which most likely accounts for some of the confusing around the topic. Carbon offsets are, in fact, purchased. Carbon offset organizations are essentially fund raising organizations which take the money you spend buying "offsets" and use it in big ways that individuals may not be able to -- for instance, to fund large alternative energy projects. So the idea is, if you drive your car 1500 miles and produce 1300 lbs of CO2, then you would buy enough carbon offsets to plant 82 trees and negate that 1300 lbs of CO2. Read More »

Green Dry Cleaning

In about 85% of dry-cleaning shops, perchloroethylene (or “perc”) is used, a chemical that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers both a health and environmental hazard. So before you drop off that stack of shirts that will probably survive your delicate cycle anyway, learn more about the environmental impact of dry cleaning and about green dry cleaners: http://www.ucsusa.org/publications/greentips/do-green-dry-cleaners-exist...

Drop Off-Swap Off

If you're looking for a life revamp, check out the two Drop Off Swap Off days held each year by the Town of Concord to encourage residents to recycle unwanted household items. See: http://www.concordnet.org/Pages/ConcordMA_Recycle/dropoff

Personal Exemption: Energy Conservation Patent

"Massachusetts offers a personal income tax deduction for any income received from the sale of a patent or royalty income from a patent deemed beneficial for energy conservation or alternative energy development." -DSIRE site

For more information view Personal Exemption.

Electric Heat Weatherization

For homes with electric heat, rebates of up to $1,000 will be offered for the cost of certain weatherization measures, from the Concord Light Plant. Plans include rebates of 40% on the cost of ceiling, floor, wall, duct, and pipe insulation, HVAC dust sealing, and general air sealing including blower door testing. For more details, contact concordlight@concordma.gov or call 978-318-3151.

Energy Audit: Home or Business

Learn about how much energy you're using -- for free! The Concord Municipal Light Plant offers free energy audits to residential and commercial customers. Residential customers call 888-772-4242 for on-the-spot energy-saving advice and/or to schedule an audit. Commercial customers call 978-318-3101 for details.

Other energy audit providers: Read More »

Energy Hotline: Concord Light Plant

When you need good answers, go straight to the source. Call the Concord Municipal Light Plant for immediate answers to your questions on saving energy: 888-772-4242. Or visit Website Hotline.

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