Looking for resources to help you green your home? On October 27, the FAS Green Program led “Home Efficiency Workshop 101” to promote do-it-yourself efficiency measures and connect attendees with sustainability resources. Approximately 30 staff from FAS offices and labs attended the workshop, at which individuals from the FAS Green Program, Harvard Green Building Services, and the Cambridge Energy Alliance discussed the benefits of adopting efficiency measures.
Some small changes that can result in big energy savings include installing LED lights, using timers and power strips, installing programmable thermostats, and weatherizing doors and windows. The impact of making a few of these small changes is astounding according to workshop organizers. Next Step Living, one of the energy efficiency service providers, estimates that if 100 FAS staff followed their energy recommendations, they would collectively save over $100,000 per year, and the energy savings would be equivalent to taking 150 cars off the road.
Additionally, the workshop connected participants with initiatives such as Mass Save, which offers free energy audits, tax incentives, and zero percent home improvement loans for small and multi-family units.
With these efficiency tips and resources in mind, the FAS Green Program will share the workshop material with all FAS departments and staff. The goal is to expose as many individuals as possible to simple, common sense measures that will reduce energy use and utilities costs at home.
Key Resources Include:
- Click here to download a PDF of the workshop presentation
- Cambridge Energy Alliance: http://cambridgeenergyalliance.org/resources/interactivehome
- Mass Save: http://www.masssave.com/
- Online Shopping for Efficient Products: http://www.efi.org/