Category Archives: Energy Education

What Mini-Splits Look Like in Your Home

May 10, 2017

(This is the second in a series of three mini-split articles I’m posting this week.) My last post covered how ductless mini-split cooling (and heating) systems can eliminate the annual A/C installation nightmare. But what do these systems look like in your home, you ask? Indoor Here are a couple of pictures of “indoor units”…  Read the entire post »

Why Mini-Splits Are All the Rage

May 9, 2017

(This is the first in a series of three mini-split articles I’m posting this week.) Spring is in the air, and air-conditioning season is fast approaching. As our climate continues to heat up, air-conditioning becomes more and more important. Do you dread the annual A/C installation ritual? If you’re like many people, you do. In…  Read the entire post »

The Sun is Setting on SRECs

May 5, 2017

This time I’m letting an image do the talking. Wait — I can’t help myself — just a few words from me: The sun is setting on SRECs — quarterly checks that you get for going solar in MA — and the replacement program is less generous to the tune of thousands of dollars. Contact us…  Read the entire post »

“On The Level” About Solar

April 27, 2017

I recently went into the WCRN-AM 830 studio to be a guest on “On The Level With Steve Quist,” a popular home improvement show. It was a lot of fun, as always (I’ve been on several times), and hopefully it was informative for those learning about solar. Here is the interview, broken into three 7-10…  Read the entire post »

New Solar Incentive Prices in Rhode Island

March 27, 2017

The payments new solar owners get through the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Growth (REG) program change on April 1. (Need background on the “REG” program? Click here to read my article explaining the REG and the REF Grant.) Note that prices do not change if you are already enrolled in the program; you continue to…  Read the entire post »

Alternative Electricity Suppliers Explained

March 24, 2017

Most people interested in solar are also interested in lowering their electric bills. Changing your “supplier” can sometimes help do this, but you need to be informed. This Boston Globe article gives you the scoop — things to watch out for, and resources to help you get started if you want to switch to a…  Read the entire post »

How to Calculate Your Monthly Electricity Use

March 13, 2017

If you’re a solar owner, figuring out how much electricity you actually used in a given month is not as easy as it used to be. When all your power came from the utility, a handy graph or chart on the side of your bill probably showed how much electricity you used each of the…  Read the entire post »

1,000 by ’20 in Rhode Island — Here Comes the Clean Energy Economy

March 3, 2017

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has announced a goal of increasing the state’s clean energy capacity by 10 times by the end of 2020. That’s a very impressive and ambitious goal, and we commend her for the commitment to the environment and to the economic growth that comes with a flourishing renewable energy industry. The Governor’s…  Read the entire post »

How to Pre-Buy 25 Years of Electricity at 40% Off

January 20, 2017

I bet if you could pre-buy your car’s gasoline or your home’s heating oil at a 40% discount for the next 25 years, using a low-cost loan if needed, you would jump. So why haven’t you jumped at the chance to make your own solar electricity at a 40% discount for the next 25 years?…  Read the entire post »

400 PPM. So what.

December 14, 2016

If you’ve been paying attention to non-election news, you may have heard that recently scientists measured carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in our atmosphere above 400 parts per million (ppm) at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. So what? When I started New England Clean Energy, I was also presenting for Al Gore. Gore had organized the…  Read the entire post »