Workshop on home solar energy
July 21, 2014
Mon Jul 21, 2014, 03:00 AM EDT
NEWBURYPORT — The Newburyport Office of Recycling and Energy has announced that their program, Newburyport No Wasted Energy, is making great strides toward the first tier goal of home energy assessments for residents.
With that momentum, the office announces a new workshop on home solar energy Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Plum Island Coffee Roasters.
As an added incentive for resident participation in the No Wasted Energy program, partner Next Step Living will make contributions to the Newburyport High School library as part of the Sustainable Energy Education Drive (SEED) by donating $10 per home energy assessment, $50 per solar assessment and $250 for any solar installation on Newburyport residents’ homes.
Molly Ettenborough, who heads up Newburyport’s recycling and energy office, was pleased by the full house she greeted at the first workshop on energy efficiency.
“We were delighted with the level of interest we received from residents. Our goal is to sustain that interest throughout the year to benefit to residential energy expenses,” she said in a press release.
An interim goal is to complete a total of 104 energy assessments by mid-August to reach the first tier goal in the No Wasted Energy program.
“We are making good progress toward our first tier goal,” said Ettenborough. As a matter of record, all Newburyport municipal buildings have undergone energy assessments.
To date, 83 resident assessments have been performed since May, when the year-long program began. Newburyport No Wasted Energy aims to perform about 400 home energy assessments by next May with partner Next Step Living, a home energy solutions company providing expertise and staffing.
If a total of 312 residents participate in the program, those households will benefit from a combined home energy savings of more than $40,000 within the first year of their assessment and eliminate 150 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, according to National Grid.