Showing posts with label heating. Show all posts
Showing posts with label heating. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Boston Globe: "A better future for heating your home"

"As we prepare for colder weather, the choice has already been made for many residents that they will be burning euphemistically named “natural gas,” or methane. This fuel, which is no more natural than any other fossil fuel, is not only responsible for massive property damage and loss of life following explosions, as we saw in the Merrimack Valley disaster three years ago — it is also a potent fossil fuel, responsible for 27 percent of climate-altering emissions statewide, second only to transportation and significantly greater than even the energy generation sector.

If the state does not move away from our reliance on gas, we probably won’t hit our statutory emissions reduction goals set by the Global Warming Solutions Act and the recent 2050 net-zero roadmap legislation. Working in opposition to those goals, gas utilities are planning decades of new pipelines, projected to cost Massachusetts gas customers $20 billion — a Big Dig-sized project — according to a recent report commissioned by Gas Leaks Allies."
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Olivia Cerf and Ben Butterworth stand near the heat pumps they installed at their Melrose home. ERIN CLARK/GLOBE STAFF
Olivia Cerf and Ben Butterworth stand near the heat pumps they installed at their Melrose home.ERIN CLARK/GLOBE STAFF

Saturday, November 13, 2021

How to save money heating your home this winter



Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission

by Colleen Tressler
Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC

The days are getting cooler — in fact, some parts of the U.S. have already seen snow. Experts report it's going to be an expensive winter to heat your home, but there are things you can do now to cut your energy costs.

Read more ->  https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2021/11/how-save-money-heating-your-home-winter?utm_source=govdelivery


How to save money heating your home this winter
How to save money heating your home this winter


Saturday, November 6, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions - how to deal with rising heating and utility costs

The MA Attorney General's Office has prepared a Frequently Asked Questions page on how to deal with rising heating and utility costs this winter.
"Many residents are struggling to pay their bills, including their monthly utility bills. Electricity and Gas are essential services—that’s why it is important that customers know their rights and where they can go for help if they need it."


Frequently Asked Questions - how to deal with rising heating and utility costs
Frequently Asked Questions - how to deal with rising heating and utility costs




Tip of the hat to Tyngsborough for the info links ->

Friday, May 10, 2019

MassCEC launches pilot program for whole-home heat pumps




MassCEC launches pilot program for whole-home heat pumps

Announcing the Whole-Home
Air-Source Heat Pump Pilot Program

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center ("MassCEC") is excited to announce the launch of our Whole-Home Air-Source Heat Pump Pilot.

MassCEC has allocated $500,000 to provide rebates for the installation of whole-home air-source heat pump ("ASHP") systems at residential properties – specifically at existing homes with natural gas and new construction projects designed to operate without fossil fuels. This pilot is meant to support ASHP systems that function as the sole source of heating in a home without the need for supplementary or back-up heat. The Pilot will accept applications until December 31, 2019 or until all allocated funding has been awarded
MassCEC launches pilot program for whole-home heat pumps
HVAC contractors interested in becoming a participating installer should review the requirements in the Pilot Program Manual and reach out to ashp@masscec.com with any questions.

Through the pilot program, MassCEC will promote projects at the leading edge of Massachusetts' strategic electrification efforts. A major goal of the pilot is collecting learnings and information on whole-home ASHP systems, so we look forward to sharing preliminary results, lessons learned, and case studies through the pilot program. Read our blog post to learn more about the goals of the pilot, and please reach out to us if you have any questions or ideas.

Further program information can be found at www.masscec.com/clean-heating-and-cooling/air-source-heat-pumps.
Warmly,
The MassCEC Air-Source Heat Pump Team
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
The MassCEC Air-Source Heat Pump Team
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
63 Franklin St, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02110
617-315-9300 |
ASHP@masscec.com


Massachusetts Clean Energy Center  
Grow the state's clean energy industry while helping to meet the Commonwealth's clean energy and climate goals.


Copyright © 2019 Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, All rights reserved
63 Franklin Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02110

Phone: 617-315-9300
Fax: 617-315-9356

Thursday, January 10, 2019

In the News: home heating assistance sought; "the multi-pronged process that is social emotional leaning"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Human service activists and lawmakers rallied Wednesday outside the Statehouse, calling for the state to help offset a cut in federal funding by allocating $30 million to help low-income families afford winter home heating bills. 
Most of the 48,000 households in Massachusetts that heat with oil have used up their benefits or will do so by the end of January, according to the Massachusetts Association for Community Action, which said 160,000 households in Massachusetts are served under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. 
Funding for the federal program was reduced by $11 million this year, and has over several years been cut from $200 million a year to $136 million per year, MASSCAP said."

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https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190109/advocacy-group-seeks-30m-for-heating-bills

Keep Warm in Massachusetts: Need help paying your heating bills?
Keep Warm in Massachusetts: Need help paying your heating bills?

"For Beverly Hugo, teaching works best when educators focus on a student’s overall well-being, the key element to what academics call social-emotional learning. 
“We are trying to put child development back into the curriculum and less emphasis on testing - especially in K-12” Hugo said. “We use positive behavioral intervention and support.” 
Hugo, president of Massachusetts Association of School Committees, was one four panelists invited to speak Tuesday night at Senate President Karen Spilka’s forum on social-emotional learning, sponsored by Framingham State University. 
“We agree that we need to teach and support the whole child,” Spilka said in her opening remarks. “Tonight, we are focusing on successful implementation strategies for SEL (social- emotional learning) in our schools and our communities.”


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https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190109/at-ashland-confab-parents-teachers-talk-about-nurturing-well-rounded-students

Social and emotional learning (SEL)
Social and emotional learning (SEL)

Saturday, July 28, 2018

MassCEC's HeatSmart Mass Program Overview - via webinar Aug 1




MassCEC's HeatSmart Mass Program Overview - via webinar Aug 1
MassCEC's HeatSmart Mass Program Overview - via webinar Aug 1

HeatSmart Mass Technology and Program Overview Webinar

MassCEC is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, August 1st 3:30 - 5:00 PM, to provide an overview of the HeatSmart-eligible heating technologies and the HeatSmart Mass program, as well as to answer questions about the recent HeatSmart RFP.

HeatSmart Mass is a community-based outreach and education program that encourages the adoption of clean heating and cooling technologies, including air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps, modern wood heat, and solar hot water.

Webinar Details:


When: August 1, 2018, 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Presenters: Josh Kessler, Lisa Dobbs, and Jonah Ury from MassCEC

All inquiries related to HeatSmart Mass should be submitted by email to HeatSmartMass@masscec.com.

Best,
The HeatSmart Mass Team 
Click here to register for the webinar
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4302753329880930050?mc_cid=648460a536&mc_eid=952cc7b7a1


Massachusetts Clean Energy Center  
Grow the state's clean energy industry while helping to meet the Commonwealth's clean energy and climate goals.

Copyright © 2018 Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, All rights reserved.
Our mailing address is:
63 Franklin Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02110

Phone: 617-315-9300
Fax: 617-315-9356



Tuesday, February 20, 2018

In the News: Franklin family tries to recover; Cultural Council looking for artists; new attempt to eliminate home heating assistance

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"When Franklin resident Joseph Cooper took a break from watching TV to grab a late-night snack on Saturday, Feb. 3, he returned to the basement of his home on Warwick Road to hear a popping sound coming from the connected garage. 
“It’s happened before where a squirrel would get into the garage and knock everything over,” he said. “But when I opened the door there was already a good fire going inside.” 
He said the smoke detectors were going off in the garage, but because the door was steel and the alarms weren’t connected to the rest of the house, he couldn’t hear them. 
“I tried to fight it a little bit, screaming to my daughters to get shoes and coats and get out,” he said."
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http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180219/franklin-family-tries-to-recover-after-house-fire


"The Franklin Cultural Council has announced a call for artists for their Art in Motion Juried Exhibition and Live Art Event slated for 2-4 p.m. April 28 at Franklin Public Library, 118 Main St. 
The juried exhibition will showcase paintings and drawings of figures in motion.
The prospectus for the exhibition can be found at http://bit.ly/ArtinMotion_prospectus.
 
Online applications are due by March 1, and can be found at http://bit.ly/artist_entry. There is no fee to enter the ArtWeek exhibition."
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http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180219/strongfranklin-cultural-council-announces-call-for-artistsstrong

Additional info on the call for artists and performers for ArtWeek
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2018/02/call-for-figurative-artists-for-art-in.html

Art in Motion Juried Exhibition and Live Art Event
Art in Motion Juried Exhibition and Live Art Event

"The Trump administration is once again calling for the complete elimination of a heating assistance program that helps to keep the homes of low-income families warm. And once again, program supporters are vowing to fight it. 
The administration is using the same arguments from a year ago when it tried to abolish the program, saying it’s rife with fraud and that no one would be left freezing if the program goes away. 
“These arguments are very misleading and wrong,” said Mark Wolfe, director of the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association in Washington, D.C. 
The program, known as LIHEAP — Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program — helps families pay their heating bills primarily in the form of a grant that’s sent directly to utility companies or heating fuel vendors."

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http://www.milforddailynews.com/zz/news/20180218/trump-again-will-try-to-cut-energy-assistance-to-poor

Monday, November 27, 2017

In the News: home heating assistance; 12 days of donating

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Despite threats that funding would be eliminated in President Donald Trump’s preliminary budget, the state’s home heating program will continue to keep low-income families warm this year, just as temperatures are beginning to drop. 
“People can opt out of air conditioning in the New England area, but they can’t opt out of heating,” said Sue Crossley, executive director of Natick-based Family Promise Metrowest. 
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides critical help for people who are trying to become self-sufficient after being homeless and helps others avoid becoming homeless, according to Crossley, whose organization assists homeless people."

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http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20171126/after-uncertainty-state-gets-heating-assistance-funds


"The food pantry’s Food Elves are kicking off their 12th annual “12 days of donating” holiday drive, but have switched over to a fund-only model due to a lack of space. 
Scores of elementary, middle, and high school students will be making their neighborhood rounds, passing out flyers and collecting donations during December. 
With dozens of food and fund drives underway, the pantry is out of space to store inventory. Monetary donations that are collected will be used to buy chicken, beef and other meats, dairy products, eggs, fresh vegetables and fruits. 
“In addition, monetary gifts allow us to buy what we need when we need it,” said executive director of the Franklin Food Pantry, Erin Lynch. “They give us the flexibility we need to provide for the more than 1,000 individuals who count on us. We are also able to purchase food through the Greater Boston Food Bank for much less money than people pay in the grocery store.”

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http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20171126/franklin-food-elves-launch-holiday-drive

Julia Buccella and Natalie Dextradeur are the Co-Lead Food Elves for the 2017 Campaign (Photo courtesy of Patti Dextradeur.)
Julia Buccella and Natalie Dextradeur are the Co-Lead Food Elves for the
2017 Campaign (Photo courtesy of Patti Dextradeur.)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Will area residents be left out in the cold this winter?

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

via The Milford Daily News News RSS by Jeff Malachowski/Daily News staff on 12/8/12

With the impending "fiscal cliff" and recent state budget cuts, local fuel assistance programs that rely on federal and state dollars are worried residents who need help might be left out in the cold this winter.

Things you can do from here:

Saturday, October 4, 2008

How to Cut Home Energy Bills: a Home Energy Efficiency Workshop

When: Monday, October 6, 7 p.m.

Where: Franklin Public Library

What: Heating your home this winter is going to cost you far more than it did last year. This program will show you a variety of things you can do to improve the energy efficiency of your house and lower your energy costs. Most of the things covered will cost little or nothing and you can go home with a helpful resource handout and how-to guidance.

This presentation is free and will take place in the community room, lower level of the Franklin Public Library located at 118 Main Street at 7 p.m.