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The US city of Newton in Massachusetts targets to implement some 1,000 energy efficiency home assessments for residential households between April 2017 and April 2018.The home energy assessments will be done under a coalition between the city's energy efficiency programme Newton Energy Savers and utility funded energy conservation agency Mass Save.

In deploying the programme, Newton city and the Mass Save is partnering with environmental agency Green Newton, the Newton Clergy Association and the Newton School Parent-Teacher Organization.

The Newton Energy Savers will focus on recruiting participants and implementing home energy assessments whilst the Mass Saver will provide up to $3,000 in rebates for installation of energy efficient appliances in shortlisted residential homes.

Amongst the 1,000 households to be assessed, Newton city is expecting to have at least 400 residential units to have energy efficiency upgrades, reported a local publication.

Mass Save will also provide shortlisted households with discounts when purchasing energy efficient appliances as well as labour for the installation of the purchased appliances.

The programme falls under efforts by the city to meet its target to reduce carbon emissions by 20% by 2020. Under the Energy Saver, Newton city has over the past years helped residential customers reduce annual energy bills by $1 million.

Energy companies including National Grid and Eversource have benefited from the programme in maintaining the stability of their grid networks and in reducing their operational costs by not investing in new generation infrastructure to meet demand.

Energy efficient systems and utility energy bills

Meanwhile, the Clearlake City Council in California state announced its plans to implement an energy efficiency project to reduce energy bills from the Pacific Gas and Electric.

The council is planning to upgrade HVAC and lighting systems in its facilities and buildings with energy efficiency models.

According to a local publication, the council set a budget of $800,000 to install energy efficient ceiling fans, LED lights, thermostats and other HVAC systems. [ComEd partners to help municipal customers improve streetlight energy efficiency]

The budget will cover the development of a solar carport at a property owned by the council.

 

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