Milton, MA – Green Homes Milton, a new partnership being launched this fall between Sustainable Milton, the Milton Alternate Energy Committee and Next Step Living, will be hosting an evening presentation on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Milton Public Library, 476 Canton Ave., in the Keys Community Room.
The event and new program are geared to help homeowners and renters access home energy-efficiency measures that can lower monthly utility bills and help us all live more sustainably. Next Step Living is one of several Mass Save energy providers that has partnered with more than 400 municipalities, civic organizations and leading corporations to deliver energy-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions for better living. Since 2008, Next Step Living has helped New England residents achieve almost $20 million in energy savings, which is expected to grow to more than $100 million in the next five years.
This event is taking place as the Milton Alternate Energy Committee is completing their Greenhouse Gas Study for the entire town. Committee members will review this report along with updated annual town reporting for the Green Community status Milton attained back in 2011. In that effort, Milton is leading the pack of the 123 designated Green Community towns and cities in the state, having cut its energy footprint by 26 percent in five years. With five new megawatts to be added in 2015 to the 1 megawatt of solar electric, or PV, now installed in town, renewable energy will save another 38 percent of fossil fuel use through its program with the schools and other town buildings.
Meanwhile, homes in Milton account for over 80 percent of the energy use in all buildings in town. This translates to over 20 million square feet of conditioned space in the 9,000 or so homes in town which average about 70 Kilo British Thermal Units, or KBTUs, for each square foot, every year. A town-wide goal of residential efficiency and renewables to match the combined municipal reduction of 64 percent projected for 2014 would be almost 16 times the total current annual municipal baseline of Milton, and oer 46 times times the town savings since 2008.