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Mission of the York Energy Efficiency Committee

Our mission is to respond to the global warming crisis by promoting energy efficiency, alternative energy, and environmental initiatives throughout the town of York, Maine.

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[Source: The US Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)]

CO2 Now

Current CO2 Level in the Atmosphere


YEEC Co-Founder Cynthia Raymond 1913-2011

When I first met Cynthia Raymond in 2005, she immediately reminded me of Rose – the plucky, fictional heroine of James Cameron’s classic 1997 film, “Titanic”.

In the film, Rose is first introduced in the form of an elderly woman – spunky but well-advanced in her years – accompanying a group of modern-day treasure . . . → Read More: YEEC Co-Founder Cynthia Raymond 1913-2011

New Farmers Find Their Footing

Author and New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman writes about the resurgence in sustainable farming, even in New England.

There’s only a quarter as much land in farming in Maine as there was 100 years ago, but that’s changing. There are more farms today (up around 50 percent since 1992), more acres in farms . . . → Read More: New Farmers Find Their Footing

Estes Oil energy fair

Because some people are a bit confused about the advertised “energy fair” on Route 1, we should make it clear that this is not affilitated in any way with the York Energy Efficiency Comittee or the fairs that the committee organized in the previous two years.

However, it still may be worth your time to . . . → Read More: Estes Oil energy fair

PACE ordinance approved by York voters

On May 21, by a count of 1948 to 288, York voters approved Article 10, which enacts a new Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) ordinance. As a result, York homeowners will be eligible to borrow up to $15,000, at 4.99% for 15 years, for energy efficiency upgrades (see chart at right). Qualifying expenditures include upgrading . . . → Read More: PACE ordinance approved by York voters

PACE home energy savings loans arrive

As of April 4, 2011, eligible* Maine home owners will be able to borrow up to $15,000 to upgrade their heating systems, weatherize their homes, and cut their heating bills. Efficiency Maine will provide the loans at a rate of 4.99%. As noted on the site:

“Although 4.99% interest is not as low as . . . → Read More: PACE home energy savings loans arrive

Living in a Green Home

The following course will be offered through York Adult Education on Tuesday, March 29, from 6:00 to 9:00pm.

If you’re building, remodeling or simply want to be more “green” you will learn what it means to be “green” in relation to your home. Ron has a wealth of information to share that will help you . . . → Read More: Living in a Green Home

Food prices soaring

The following story highlights the urgency of re-localizing our food system. Higher oil prices, climate disruptions, and a host of other factors will mean both volatile food prices and sporatic shortages for the foreseeable future. As a community, our best insurance against food insecurity will be to grow more of our own in backyard vegetable . . . → Read More: Food prices soaring

Colombia’s coffee crisis

For some Americans, higher coffee prices might bring a little more attention to global warming weirding.

Since 2006, climate change has played a major role in a 30% decrease in Colombian coffee production. From the NY Times’ Science section online, view a short video titled Colombia’s Coffee Crisis. “Abnormal rains and high temperatures are having . . . → Read More: Colombia’s coffee crisis

Worm Composting class in York on March 1

Permaculture trainer Mary Gilbertson will be leading a Worm Composting/Vermiculture class at York High School next Tuesday, March 1, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

From the York Adult Ed listing:

Keeping worms is a great way to turn those kitchen scraps into “organic gold” and keep them out of the waste stream – . . . → Read More: Worm Composting class in York on March 1

To idle or not to idle

Frigid weather vs. high gas prices. How do you balance the two when it comes to warming up your car?

How long do I need to let my car warm up on frigid mornings before I start driving? And is it eco-friendly to let it idle and stay warm while I’m parked and . . . → Read More: To idle or not to idle

Green building informational presentations

Greenovations, a Portsmouth business that calls itself the “Seacoast’s first ‘green’ building supply store,” is offering some free informational sessions on green building strategies.

“Green Build Portsmouth” will be held at the Portsmouth Public Library. It is an educational series on green building design, methods, approaches and benefits.

There are three sessions for this series . . . → Read More: Green building informational presentations

Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund and Coordinator RFP

The Seacoast Energy Initiative (SEI) is a newly formed association of towns and non- profit agencies assembled to implement a program of energy conservation and efficiency in a six town region of southern Maine (including the towns of Kittery, Eliot, South Berwick, York, Ogunquit and North Berwick). The group has received a $500,000 grant from . . . → Read More: Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund and Coordinator RFP

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