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Renewable Energy & Conservation Initiatives

The City of Boston continues to pursue energy-saving initiatives to conserve energy in municipal buildings and also encourage residents and businesses to improve their energy use. We are dedicated to the development and construction of public and private renewable energy systems throughout our community.

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    Boston 500: Challenge to Save Energy

    Boston 500: Challenge to Save Energy, is a citywide day of action with the goal of signing up 500 Bostonians for a Renew Boston no-cost home energy assessment. The event took place on June 1, 2013 with participation from over 25 community organizations who signed up over 370 residents. To learn more about the events, see their progress towards the 500 goal, and to sign up for Renew Boston, please follow the link below.  

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    Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance

    The Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance was filed with the Boston City Council February 22, 2013. This Ordinance, which passed on May 8, 2013 with 9-4 City Council vote, requires all large and medium sized buildings to report their annual energy and water use to the City of Boston. The Ordinance is intended to encourage building owners to participate in local utility energy efficiency programs and educate tenants on building performance.

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    Renew Boston

    Renew Boston is a service of the City of Boston and its partners to help Boston residents, businesses, and institutions save energy and money, and to create jobs. Sign up today for a FREE energy assessment for your home.  Call (617) 635-SAVE.

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    Lights Out Boston

    Under this voluntary program participating building owners and managers agree to turn off or dim all architectural and internal lighting between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. during the fall migratory bird season.

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    LED Street Lights Are Here

    The City has been installing LED street lights all across Boston saving money, reducing energy use and improving the quality of light on city streets.

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    City of Boston PV Monitoring

    Two of the City's newest solar arrays--400 Frontage Road (120 kW capacity) and Boston Archives Center (95 kW capacity)--are connected to live tracking through Deck Monitoring. Check out the links below to see how much these PV arrays are currently generating, how much greenhouse gas emissions they have saved, or see their entire history log since they went live!

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    Renew Boston Solar

    Renew Boston Solar is the City's initiative to encourage the widespread adoption of solar technology and equipment throughout Boston.

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    Residential Energy Saving Tips

    There are many things we can do to lower our energy costs; some can be done right away. Consult the Residential Energy Saving Tips checklist for ways you can save on gasoline, energy and water use, and heating and cooling your home.

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    Wind Energy

    The City of Boston is the largest municipal purchaser of wind power in New England.

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    Use Less Energy with Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

    Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL's) use less energy than traditional incadescent lightbulbs. A single CFL will save you $40 over the lifetime of the bulb.

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