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Are You Really Going to Throw that Plastic Film Out?

August 10, 2017

I am an O.C.E. The term, coined by Kip Andersen, stands for “Obsessive Compulsive Environmentalist”.  As an O.C.E., I’m always looking for more ways to recycle. Seriously, it physically pains me to throw things away. For almost a year now I’ve been recycling plastic film. But many people don’t know that this kind of plastic…  Read the entire post »

Here’s to a Sunny, Solar-Filled 2017

January 18, 2017

Let’s face it — the mood around the country is unsettled to say the least. But there is much to be optimistic about, like the fact that the U.S. government extended the 30% federal tax credit on solar energy systems through 2019. And no matter what’s going on around you, you can always count on…  Read the entire post »

Recycled Solar and a Helping Hand

December 23, 2016

I work out at the ATC Center in the old mill building where New England Clean Energy has our offices. One of my workout friends is Abby, an occupational therapist who is always looking for new ways to incorporate functional strength and balance work into fun therapeutic activities for her patients. Who knew one empty solar inverter box from New…  Read the entire post »

Community Service and Solar

November 16, 2016

       Since 2014, soon after Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester started its Operation Playhouse program, New England Clean Energy and Canadian Solar (NASDAQ: CSIQ) have been donating mini-solar energy systems for installation on these playhouses. So we take a personal interest in watching the program grow and succeed. But, we’d never managed to actually build…  Read the entire post »

A Picture is Worth 13,037,000 kWh

November 10, 2016

Eighty of New England Clean Energy’s customers joined us in our Hudson office last Sunday to celebrate our 10th Anniversary. Together, New England Clean Energy and our 750 customers have made a respectable contribution to the fight against global warming. How respectable? I’ll let the pictures do the talking.   If you liked this post, you…  Read the entire post »

Solar on the Tube

September 27, 2016

We’re planning a Customer Appreciation Day event, and it reminded me of these two videos filmed at our first Customer Appreciation Day a few years ago. The event was a big hit. The day after the “Nemo” Nor’easter dumped two feet of snow, we had customers turn out in force to talk solar with other…  Read the entire post »

Missing Comments

May 2, 2016

As you may have noticed, The Energy Miser has a new look (as does our website). In the transition phase from the old to the new, some comments made on this blog were lost. If you’d like to re-comment, please do, but we are unable to re-post your comments for you.

When is a Solar Electric System Like a Car?

December 3, 2013

Despite the traction achieved by the solar industry in the past few years, naysayers still rear their ugly heads sometimes, raising bizarre and unsubstantiated claims about why solar is a bad idea. I remember reading an article a while ago that said solar systems were “failing” because dirt was collecting on the panels and reducing…  Read the entire post »

Think Globally, Buy Locally

September 8, 2012

Originally published as a guest blog post on Independent We Stand.  Reprinted with permission. The main way that buying local benefits the environment is straightforward: a shorter distance between consumers and local businesses means less transportation-related pollution. Answering these questions when considering a local business could further boost the environmental advantages of buying local: Does…  Read the entire post »

Energy Use as a Predictor of Bankruptcy?

March 31, 2011

Try this game. See if you can figure out what types of businesses will go away first as energy gets more and more expensive. The demise of Harry & David (You know, the company that packages up the best looking fruit and ships it all over the place for big bucks…) got me thinking that…  Read the entire post »