A Clean Energy Home Now:
7 Ways to Save Money and Energy
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 7:00 - 8:30 PM
An interactive webinar presentation on the Clean Energy Home was held on Tuesday, February 23, hosted by the Mendon and Upton libraries.
This was a chance for residents to learn the basics of green technologies, hear firsthand from locals who have the technologies and an opportunity to ask questions to experts in the field. The areas covered will include, Energy Efficiency, Solar PV, Solar Battery Storage, Electric Vehicles (EV), Solar Hot Water, and for heating and cooling, Air-Source Heat Pumps and Ground-Source Pumps. These tools are available now to Mendon/Upton residents with rebates, credits and discounts.
Videos from the event are posted here!
You can also see our FaceBook event page.
EV Webinars from Drive Green
Deep Dive into Batteries
Wed, March 3 at 1 pm
Vehicle electrification to lower greenhouse gas emissions will largely be driven by better batteries. Though the current technology is good enough for early-adopters, how will better tech move us towards an all-electric future as quickly as possible?
Join Green Energy Consumers Alliance for this hour-long webinar to learn:
Why batteries are crucial to transition from the internal combustion engine and reduce our dependence on gasoline.
How improved battery technology will make electric vehicles cheaper and encourage more drivers to switch.
What happens to batteries when their useful life in vehicles is over.
What to expect from battery tech if you drive or want to drive an electric car now.
Learn more and sign up for the Battery Webinar here.
EV Webinars from Drive Green
EV 101: Electric Vehicles 101
Wed, Feb. 10, 7:30-8:15 PM
Curious about getting an electric car, but not sure where to start? Join Drive Green for their popular Electric Vehicles 101 webinar to learn the basics! They'll cover environmental and consumer benefits, information about batteries and charging, state and federal incentives, and have plenty of time to answer all of your questions.
Women & Electric Vehicles
Women’s voices are underrepresented in the electric vehicle community. That's why, in May and June, Green Energy Consumers Alliance will be spotlighting women EV drivers!
This online event is a chance for women to tell you about their experiences buying or leasing EVs, what influenced them to go electric, and more.
Come hear their stories and join the conversation on Zoom. This event will be offered twice: 5/11 at noon and 6/8 at 7pm.
Sign up here.
Buying A Pre-Owned Electric Car
Wednesday, Dec 16 2020, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Electric cars offer many benefits, including a lower carbon footprint, smooth and quiet acceleration, and zero noxious tailpipe emissions, to name a few. Buying pre-owned allows you to enjoy the perks of going electric without the high upfront cost of a new car. In fact, buying a pre-owned electric car may be one of the most cost-effective ways to own any car!
Join us for this free webinar presented by Drive Green to learn why pre-owned electric cars are a great value, what kind of cars are available, and how to find the right car for you.
Sign up here.
Charged Up: Everything You Need To Know About EV Charging
Monday, Dec 14 2020, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Join our partner Drive Green for this webinar on charging.
Making the switch to an electric car can be intimidating if you're used to refueling with gasoline. Where will you charge? How much will it cost? How can you make sure you're always charged up?
The good news is that charging an electric vehicle (EV) is easier than you might think once you know the basics. Join this hour-long webinar to learn everything you need to know about EV charging so that you feel ready and confident to make your next car electric. There will be plenty of time to ask questions.
Sign up here.
National Drive Electric Week Webinar Series
Join Drive Green for a nationwide celebration of electric vehicles (EVs)! During the week of Sept. 26 - Oct. 4, 2020 they will be hosting a series of free webinars to heighten awareness of the many benefits of driving electric! See the full line-up here.
Meet the Installers: Air Source Heat Pumps (Tuesday, August 11, 2020)
Meet our Air Source Heat Pump Installer: Boucher Energy Systems
We met on Zoom meeting with our Air Source Heat Pump installer. Watch the videos below to learn more about this technology, financial incentives, and hear what questions were asked.
Air Source Heat Pumps (Part 1 of 2: Presentation)
Air Source Heat Pumps (Part 2 of 2: Q & A)
Meet the Installers: Solar PV & Battery Storage (Monday, August 10, 2020)
Meet our installer for Solar PV and Battery Storage: ACE Solar
We met on Zoom with our ACE Solar. See below for the recording of the event, split into 3 parts.
Solar PV & Battery Storage (1 of 3: Introduction)
Solar PV & Battery Storage (2 of 3: Presentation)
Solar PV & Battery Storage (3 of 3: Q & A)
Meet the Installers: Drive Green (Sunday, August 9, 2020)
Meet our partner for Electric Vehicles (EV): Drive Green (part of the Green Energy Consumers Alliance)
We met on Zoom with our partner for Electric Vehicles, Drive Green, part of the non-profit Green Energy Consumer Alliance. See below for the recording of the event, split into 5 parts.
Electric Vehicles (1 of 5: Introduction)
Electric Vehicles (2 of 5: Why EVs?)
Electric Vehicles (3 of 5: Things you should know)
Electric Vehicles (4 of 5: How to get an EV)
Electric Vehicles (5 of 5: Questions & Answers)
A Prius Prime
Meet the Installers: Solar Thermal Hot Water (Thursday, August 6, 2020)
Meet our Solar Thermal Hot Water Installer: RES Solar
We met on Zoom with our Solar Thermal Hot Water installer. Learn more about this technology, financial incentives, and hear what questions others have asked..
Solar Hot Water (1 of 3) Welcome
Solar Hot Water (2 of 3) Installer Presentation
Solar Hot Water (3 of 3) Questions & Answers
Meet the Installers: Ground Source Heat Pumps (Monday, August 3, 2020)
Meet our Ground Source Heat Pump Installer: Achieve Renewable Energy
We met on Zoom with our Ground Source Heat Pump (aka Geothermal) installer, Achieve Renewable Energy. Learn more about this technology, financial incentives, and see what questions were asked by other Mendon and Upton people.
See videos below.
Ground Source Heat Pumps (1 of 2) Welcome & Presentation
Watch the presentation from Achieve Renewable, our installer for Ground Source Heat Pumps. (36 minutes)
Ground Source Heat Pumps (2 of 2) Questions & Answers
Watch the Question & Answer portion of the Ground Source Heat Pumps event. (28 minutes)
Meet (all) the Installers (Monday, August 3, 2020)
We met on Zoom to learn about the six green technologies offered through the Mendon-Upton Solarize Mass Plus program, a collaborative nonprofit program for Mendon and Upton residents and business:
ACE Solar (Solar PV & Battery Storage) • RES Solar (Solar Thermal Hot Water) • Air Source Heat Pumps (Boucher Energy) • Ground Source Heat Pumps (Achieve Renewable) • Electric Vehicles (Drive Green)
Questions & Answers
Question and Answer session from our August 4 event. (13 minutes)
Solar Thermal Hot Water
Meet RES Solar! A quick introduction from installer for Solar Thermal Hot Water from our August 4 event. (8 minutes)
Air Source Heat Pumps
Meet Boucher Energy Systems! A quick introduction from installer for Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP) from our August 4 event. (8 minutes)
Meet Drive Green! A quick introduction from partner for Electric Vehicles (EV) from our August 4 event. (8 minutes)
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Meet Achieve Renewable! A quick introduction from installer for Ground Source Heat Pumps (ASHP) from our August 4 event. (13 minutes)
Solar PV & Battery Storage
Meet ACE Solar! A quick introduction from installer for Solar Photovoltaic (PV) and Battery Storage from our August 4 event. (14 minutes)
Meet the Volunteers (Wednesday, July, 2020)
This was zoom for our first event, to meet the volunteers of the Mendon-Upton Solarize Mass Plus program. We introduced ourselves, share what technologies we use and are excited about, and gave a bit of info about our program and what we have to offer. Check out the video!
Win prizes from Mendon and Upton shops and restaurants!
As we move into the last few weeks of our program, we'll be celebrating our love for our towns by giving away gifts on Monday of each week through May 31. We'll have lots of prizes, and lots of ways to win! Learn more and sign up here!
Next Drawing: May 10
Free zoo tickets!
The first 10 people from Mendon or Upton who get a free estimate for any one of the Solarize clean energy technologies or test drive an Electric Vehicle (EV) through our program can receive 2 free tickets to Southwick's Zoo, valued at $50. Thank you, Southwick's!
Just mention to the installer who gives you the free estimate or test drive that you are interested in the two free tickets. If you are one of the first 10 people, we will mail you the two tickets once your estimate or test drive is complete. The first ten people will be determined by the date of when the free estimate or test drive is completed. (Limit 2 tickets per household.)
The clean energy technologies are Solar PV, Solar Battery backup, Clean Heating and Cooling (Air Source Heat Pump and Geothermal), Solar Hot Water, and Electric Vehicles. For questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we move into the last few weeks of our program, we'll be celebrating our love for our towns by giving away gifts each week. We'll have lots of prizes, and lots of ways to win! Learn more and sign up here!