Tips to ActOn Climate

Actonians emit about 10.2 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per capita. To put this number into context, this falls somewhere between the emissions levels of Somerville and Cambridge, which are 8.2 and 13.8 metric tons, respectively. Overall, per capita emissions in the U.S. are at 15.5 and the global average is about 4.8. Although the context and infrastructure in Acton may be different from those in Somerville or other parts of the world, there is a lot Actonians can do to reduce their emissions. 

Here are four actions Actonians can take to “ActOn” Climate: 

1. Need a new car? Consider going electric

 Just over half of Acton’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from the transportation sector; this is mostly from gas-powered vehicles on the road. The good news is that there are a lot of great choices on the market right now for Electric Vehicles (EVs), which release which release fewer GHGs per mile driven than gasoline-powered cars and may be more affordable than you think. Combined federal and state tax credits can reduce purchase costs by up to $10,000 and EVs can save as much as $1,200 per year in fuel costs, according to the Department of Energy. Visit Green Energy Consumers Alliance to learn more about the electric and hybrid vehicle options near you: greenenergyconsumers.org/drivegreen

2. Opt-up to Acton Power Choice GREEN

Buildings are the second largest contributor to GHG emissions in Acton. One of the quickest and easiest ways to reduce emissions from this sector is by choosing Acton Power Choice (APC) GREEN, which supports the development of new renewable energy projects right here in New England. APC GREEN offers a fixed electricity supply price through September 2022 and makes it easy for residents or businesses to change program options (or to opt out) at any time and at no cost. The APC program has kept 14.5 million pounds of CO2 kept out of atmosphere to date! GREEN accounts (3% of all APC accounts) have saved 20% of those 14.5 million pounds! To learn more and to Opt Up visit: actonpowerchoice.com/opt-up

3. Schedule a FREE home energy assessment

Buildings are the second largest contributor of carbon emissions in Acton. A free home energy assessment will provide recommendations for how to reduce emissions, cut energy use, and save money. You may be eligible for no-cost or discounted energy efficiency improvements including efficient light bulbs, insulation, air sealing, thermostats, and heating equipment. Visit masssave.org or call 1-855-891-9899. 

4. Install solar

Here are two steps you can take if you’re considering installing solar: 1. Find an experienced contractor. You can find tips on how to find a solar installer on the Eversource site here; 2. Explore your financial and incentive options to make installation more cost-effective. You can start here.

5. Producing more solar than you need? Learn what you can do with your Net Metering Credits

Already have solar? Don’t just let your excess electricity be wasted, know exactly what to do and decide the best option for you! Depending on the time of the year, your solar energy system may generate more electricity than you need. The excess energy generated is sent to your utility provider who will send you a credit that you can choose what to do with. You can use your credits to offset your future bills from Eversource OR you can give your credits to a different account. Both of these options require a submitted Schedule Z form that declares your choice. For more details about this process click here.