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Weatherization initiative for low-income York homeowners

The following article is from the Oct. 25, 2016 York Weekly.

Stretching the dollar and staying warm

Deborah McDermott

YORK — As many as 50 lower-income York families – homeowners and renters – will be a little warmer this winter and spend less on fuel, thanks to a unique collaboration with York Community Service Association, . . . → Read More: Weatherization initiative for low-income York homeowners

York Energy Steering Committee recognized

The Energy Steering Committee was highlighted by the York Weekly as one of the town’s “Movers and Shakers” of 2015. From the article by Deborah McDermott:

YORK – During the recent climate talks in Paris, a group of state and provincial government leaders, mayors and municipal officials from throughout the world held a Climate Summit . . . → Read More: York Energy Steering Committee recognized

Why is the color of LED lighting so important?

The latest generation of LED (light emitting diode) exterior lighting is significantly more energy efficient than even high pressure sodium fixtures (the orange-tinted street lights that are commonly used). And what’s made the recent use of LED lights take off is the dramatic decline in prices for all types of LED fixtures. However, especially when . . . → Read More: Why is the color of LED lighting so important?

In an Age of Cheap Solar Does Efficiency Still Matter?

An expert from the Rocky Mountain Institute argues that solar energy may be more glamorous, but efficiency, the old workhorse of green buildings, remains a winner, just not in all cases.

“Efficiency first” is the mantra in green and net-zero buildings; you always do energy efficiency first and then cover the remaining balance of energy . . . → Read More: In an Age of Cheap Solar Does Efficiency Still Matter?

Getting rich vs. being rich

We have tens of thousands of abandoned homes without people and tens of thousands of abandoned people without homes. We have failed bankers advising failed regulators on how to save failed assets. Think about this: we are the only species on this planet without full employment. Brilliant. We have an economy that tells us that . . . → Read More: Getting rich vs. being rich

To idle or not to idle

Cars are different now. It may be time to re-think a common misconception.

A guide to energy efficient lighting

The following infographic provides a good summary of some of the choices available for energy efficient lighting.

Source: WellHome

This entry was posted in Conservation Conversations Blog.

York awarded $98,000 for renewable energy

The town’s Energy Steering Committee was informed this week that it was successful in its application for a significant grant that will be used primarily for a solar photovoltaic array on the York Beach Fire Station. From seacoastonline.com:

York energy panel gets $98K for efficiency upgrades By Susan Morse , June 26, 2014

YORK, Maine . . . → Read More: York awarded $98,000 for renewable energy

Surfeur – a local business commited to sustainability while giving back to the community

At York Goes Green, we like to support local businesses that are both environmentally responsible and committed to helping people in need. Surfeur is a York business aiming to walk that line. From it’s website:

Surfeur, LLC started with the love of all things surfing. We wanted to build a brand that is known for . . . → Read More: Surfeur – a local business commited to sustainability while giving back to the community

York voters approve Article #43

York voters went to the polls at the annual budget referendum on Saturday, May 17, 2014 and approved Article #43, which appropriates $100,000 for capital improvements related to energy solutions and conservation at Town-owned properties.

Learn more about the Energy Steering Committee and how the Article 43 appropriation will be used to save energy and . . . → Read More: York voters approve Article #43

The business case for green building

A summary of the principles, advantages, and drivers for environmentally friendly building construction. (Source: aec-business.com)

The benefits of a shorter workweek

Besides the health and happiness benefits of a change in the way that Americans now work, there are clear environmental and energy efficiency gains to be had as well.

In this series of five infographics, New Dream looks at the advantages of a shorter workweek.

While many Americans struggle to find work, . . . → Read More: The benefits of a shorter workweek

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