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Get Ready For HeatSmart

 

Great news! The Towns of Carlisle, Concord and Lincoln have been chosen by MassCEC to promote clean heating and cooling technologies in 2018 (press release). The technologies include super-efficient Air-Source and Ground-Source Heat Pumps, and renewable wood pellet heating systems, which can greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money over time. Participating residents and small businesses can take advantage of significant rebates and installer discounts to make these systems affordable.

The program will take place between February and July 2018. In order to participate, homes will be required to have had a recent energy audit. Free energy audits can be arranged through one of these links:

Sign up for your audit right away!Following the energy audit, you can take advantage of generous rebates for weatherization of your home, saving considerable $$ and reducing the capacity needed for a new heating system.

The program website will be available soon here with program details. To find out more about HeatSmart, receive HeatSmart notifications, or to get involved as a volunteer, please contact the coach from your town:

  • Carlisle: Bob Zogg (HeatSmartCarlisle@lowcarboncarlisle.org)
  • Concord: Brad Hubbard-Nelson (HeatSmartConcord@concordma.gov)
  • Lincoln: John Snell and Belinda Gingrich (HeatSmartLincoln@gmail.com)

Six quick ways to beat procrastination

“Never put off for tomorrow, what you can do today” Thomas Jefferson

You may already have great plans to reduce your own energy usage. Many of you committed to take actions at the Fair. Don’t let this critically important stuff slide off your to-do list.  Here is a no-fail action plan to GET IT DONE!

  1. Go over the actions you decided on at the Fair. If you’d like to view your own personal Points Calculator Sheet from the Fair, please reference the email sent you by coolerconcord@gmail.com in early March or click here to be sent a copy .
  2. Call now to get a free assessment of your heat pump, your heat pump hot water heater or your home’s weatherization and overall energy efficiency. Make an appointment with the company that you spoke with at the Fair, or contact us for recommendations of providers who can help.
  3. Write a fresh to-do list at the beginning of each week, keep it visible, highlight your Cooler Concord commitments!
  4. Set regular weekly reminders on your phone…nag yourself into action!
  5. Reward yourself when you get something done (“I’ll make that appointment for a Home Energy Audit, then go for a bike ride.”)
  6. Put your feet up and thank yourself for a job well done.