The solar panels still need to be connected. The HERS rating isn’t done, and the energy monitoring system is yet to be installed. But our new net zero energy home — serving as Boston magazine’s Design Home 2014 is essentially complete — and it looks gorgeous!
In 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake occurred 43 miles east of Japan – the world’s fifth most powerful earthquake ever recorded. Along with actually shifting the Earth on its axis by an estimated 4 to 10 inches, the earthquake triggered tsunami waves of up to 133 feet, traveling 6 miles inland and caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the largest nuclear incident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.
This summer, we’ve seen the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states continue tackle the major themes outlined at last month’s NEEP Summit in Newport: modernizing the electric grid, de-carbonizing the electric sector, and managing electric-gas infrastructure constraints in New England.
Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs) are one of the fastest growing heating and cooling technologies in our region. They have impressive efficiency profiles, high customer satisfaction reviews and are all electric, which means they can take pressure off fossil fuels and also be integrated with on-site solar generation.
We are fortunate to have three bright college interns working with us in Lexington this summer. Trevor, Lauren, and Erika are learning as much as they are contributing to our work, being exposed to an array of topics, joining external meetings and events, participating in NEEP projects and partnership groups, and generally getting a taste of the wide world of energy efficiency programs and policy across the region. Thank you...