Today is America Recycles Day! According to the EPA the United States recycles at a rate of around 34.3%, and with your help we can raise that even more! Recycling and composting are growing industries accounting for 757,000 jobs and $36.6 billion in wages, as well as an additional $6.7 billion in tax revenue. That is roughly 1.57 jobs for every 1,000 tons of material recycled! By increasing the amount we recycle we can conserve natural resources, while strengthening our economy!Read More»
Recently the EcoFellows toured two very different, yet highly efficient, building projects in Western Massachusetts. The tour was put on by our friends at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) as part of their Pro Tour Series. Both projects were the work of local contractors Kent Hicks Construction, one of them being his own home and office.
Kent lives in a former grist mill that was built in 1850. In order to convert it into a home residence and office space he completed a deep energy retrofit. A deep energy retrofit is a way of renovating a space to address all energy loads and increase efficiency.
However, what made this project exceptional was Kent’s dedication to maintaining the integrity and aesthetic of the old mill building. Throughout the project, deconstruction and repurposing of original materials was a priority. This allowed for unique design features, like wainscoting made from their original metal roofing, and a dining room table made from the mill’s machinery. The flooring downstairs is also original and shows the indentations of former mill employees’ work stations. This project is a testament to how style and energy efficiency can work together to create a beautiful and sustainable home, without compromising historical authenticity.Read More»
By Shelby Kuenzli, Digital Marketing EcoFellow
We’ve written many articles on how you can make your home greener, but what about your office? In 2016 in the U.S., people spent roughly 7.99 hours a day at work. During the course of our lifetime, assuming an average lifespan of 78 and working between the ages of 18-65, we spend between 15-35% of our lives at work! So why not make that space green and sustainable as well? Small changes made by individuals can make a huge difference and inspire others to do the same. Here are some of our favorite tips to help you green your office!Read More»
Here at CET, we make green make sense and have been helping people and businesses in the area save energy and money for over 40 years. Saving Energy is a community effort and you can be part of the solution! Join us in celebrating Energy Efficiency Day on Thursday, October 5 by taking these 5 easy steps to be more energy efficient in your life!Read More»
By: Shelby Kuenzli, Digital Marketing EcoFellow
Massachusetts has often been at the forefront in sustainable development and environmentally progressive policies. As of September 2017, 55 Massachusetts cities and towns, representing 19% of the state’s population, have passed a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags. Plastic bags can take hundreds of years to decompose and since recycling plastic bags is a costly process,
less than 5% of plastic grocery bags in the U.S. end up being recycled. Since Northampton passed a plastic bag ban, your options are to bring your own reusable grocery bags or be provided with paper bags at the counter. Learn how you can reuse your old plastic bags and paper bags in creative ways that keep them out of the landfill!