Exploring Solar and Heat Pumps with EnergySage
Green Maynard has partnered with Energy Sage, a nationally recognized independent consultant that can help consumers find the best solar solutions and reliable solar installers for their home.
EnergySage helps in several ways:
• Their free solar calculator provides an initial estimate of the costs and benefits of solar panels for your house based on your roof, monthly electric bill, and contractors in your area.
• They provide a free, competitive marketplace to match you with quotes from pre-screened solar installers. You can get multiple bids without having to share your contact information until you’re ready. All the bids use the same format to make it easy to compare prices.
• Their advisors will answer your questions, review installer quotes, and help you figure out which, if any, work for you.
Looking to swap out your fossil fuel based heating system? You can use EnergySage to find reputable heat pump installers too.
EnergySage services are free to consumers. All costs are covered by fees from the solar companies.
Per our partnership with EnergySage, consumers who sign up through Green Maynard and complete the installation process with an EnergySage rooftop solar installer will receive $200, or $75 when subscribing to a community solar farm on EnergySage. Homeowners who select an EnergySage heat pump installer will receive $100. (Green Maynard does not receive revenue through this partnership.)
The Market is held in the Mill Pond parking lot on Main Street at Mill & Main (near the Sudbury St. intersection). It runs rain or shine every Saturday from 9am to 1pm beginning the last Sat in June until the last Sat in September.
Can you recycle that? Find out with Recycle Smart's Recyclopedia, a Massachusetts-based recycling guide.
Alternative Packaging to Meet the Maynard Bylaws
Most restaurants can probably meet the requirements of the new bylaw by changing their orders with their usual providers. Nevertheless, here is a list of three of the largest providers who sell recyclable as well as biodegradable and compostable alternatives. Also listed are other providers who offer sustainable packaging products.
SOME SUSTAINABLE PROVIDERS
The Town of Maynard Sustainability Committee provides Maynard with solutions to successfully prepare for present and future climate, energy, and environmental challenges.
Participate in compost pickups and return food scraps and other organic material to the soil to be reused. You can compost more with Black Earth than a backyard pile, including meat, bones, napkins, and cheese.
The Town of Maynard makes it easier to compost by offering rodent-resistant home composting bins for $65. To obtain a compost bin, please contact the DPW office at 978-897-1317.
Find out when you can drop off items like documents for shredding, old electronics, hazardous waste, and Christmas trees for chipping.
Accepts all used clothing, footwear, accessories, and linens. You can find bins on the property of Lincoln-Sudbury High School as well as by the DPW/Ice House Landing.
You can recycle several items (listed below) at the TerraCycle US collection bins in Littleton or Acton at Donelan's Supermarkets, Reuben Hoar Library, and the Littleton transfer station.
You may recycle (reasonably empty and dry):
• Cell phone cases of any brand
• Personal care and cosmetic containers
• Oral care product containers & manual toothbrushes (no electric toothbrush heads)
• Plastic Deodorant containers (no aerosols)
• Air freshener and cleaning pumps, trigger sprays, cartridges (no aerosols)
• Old pens, markers, and mechanical pencils
• Empty ink-jet and toner cartridges
Visit Littleton MA & Terracycle to find out what other surprising items you can recycle.
Did you know that Acton Subaru will recycle snack bags and coffee lids?
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Going Net Zero: Solar Energy
In February, speaker Zana Cranmer—a Maynard resident with expertise in data and decision analysis who teaches college courses on energy efficiency and renewable energy—talked about solar PV (photovoltaic), including the costs, incentives, and energy potential for your property. View the Solar Energy talk on YouTube.
Heat Pumps 101
Green Maynard hosted Steve Breit of the volunteer group Heat Smart Alliance to talk about heat pumps, how they work, the installation process, and what to expect when using heat pumps in the home. View the Heat Pump talk on YouTube.