Take Climate Action Today

✓ Schedule a no-cost home energy assessment – renters and small businesses too!

The City is partnering with the Sponsors of Mass Save® and HomeWorks Energy to address one of the largest sources of emissions in the City  – our homes. Be part of the Gloucester Energy Challenge. Schedule your no-cost home energy assessment: www.homeworksenergy.com/gloucester. For help signing up call (978) 325-5235 during the City’s operating hours.  

Building with 5+ Units & Small Businesses: Do you live in a building with 5+ units?  Are you looking to get an energy assessment for your small business? Fill out the form at masssave.com/Gloucester, or call (351) 529-6372 for voice prompts, to request a call back. 

Low-Income, Discount Utility Rate or Fuel Assistance: If you qualify as low-income, you could receive additional benefits through Action Inc. Fill out the form at actionincenergy.org, or call (978) 283-2131. 

Volunteers from the Cape Ann Climate Coalition’s Community Building & Education Group are available to work with people in low to moderate income households, or landlords, to share information on money saving energy options. They can help you implement several green-home update options step-by-step, including Mass Save's offerings. Find out more: capeannclimatecoalition.org/save-green-and-get-green/

✓ Understand your electricity bill 

Understanding your electricity bill is a great way to empower yourself to make good decisions about your energy supplier, access resources like utility assistance, and connect to programs that to save energy and money. Go to allinenergy.org/billcheckup.html to take advantage of their Bill Check Up program. You can also call (978) 325-5235 during the City’s operating hours for more information and resources.  

✓ Opt up to 100% Local Green for your energy supply 

Gloucester residents can choose to opt into Gloucester 100% Local Green, which includes Renewable Energy Certificates (MA Class I RECs) equal to 100% of the user’s electricity consumption, in addition to meeting all MA renewable energy requirements. Compare rates and opt up by going to Gloucester-CEA.com, then select ENROLL OR CHANGE. Make sure to have your National Grid bill available to provide account details.

✓  Find out if rooftop solar is right for you

Homeowners interested in installing solar can use National Grid’s Massachusetts Solar Marketplace to learn your options and compare quotes from pre-vetted solar installers here: www.energysage.com/ngma

✓  Walk or bike more often

Check out the Massachusetts Trail network here: trailmap.mapc.org

✓  Ride public transit

Plan your CATA trip here: canntran.com. You can also request a ride on CATA's OnDemand service. Find out more at canntran.com/cataondemand. Dial-a-Ride and ADA Service is also available in advance of your trip, find out more at canntran.com/dial-a-ride. Find MBTA schedules here: www.mbta.com/schedules/CR-Newburyport

✓  Recycle right

For a complete guide go to: gloucester-ma.gov/308/Trash-Recycling Small Businesses: Small business can get assistance connecting with recycling services through Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection program RecyclingWorks. Find out more: recyclingworksma.com

✓  Plan for emergencies 

Plan for an emergency using Ready.gov and sigh up for Gloucester's Emergency Alert System. Find out more: www.gloucester-ma.gov/384/Emergency-Alerting

✓ Upgrade your insulation 

Insulation is added between walls and in attics to ensure that the conditioned air from your heating or cooling system stays within the home. As part of the Gloucester Energy Challenge, working alongside Mass Save partner, HomeWorks Energy, our goal is to insulate more than 200 homes across Gloucester, reducing energy costs and emissions in our community. Be part of the Gloucester Energy Challenge. Schedule your no-cost home energy assessment: www.homeworksenergy.com/gloucester

✓ Upgrade your heating and cooling system

Heat pumps and other HVAC updates can make your heating and cooling needs more efficient and affordable (Mass Save as of July 2022). As part of the Gloucester Energy Challenge, working alongside Mass Save partner, HomeWorks Energy, our goal is to upgrade more than 200 HVAC systems across Gloucester, reducing energy costs and emissions in our community. Be part of the Gloucester Energy Challenge. Schedule your no-cost home energy assessment: www.homeworksenergy.com/gloucester. Watch a panel Q&A on heat pumps, hosted by the City of Gloucester and Cape Ann Climate Coalition, https://www.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR1UygqlNlAeIuvPzhs1u2z7Fg3iaPDU_jZ7anZWy5U31gUCKMGlYiidz2U&v=7r22EZGwErw&feature=youtu.be

✓ Switch your most-used lights to LEDs

LEDs use 80-90% less energy than incandescent (Mass Save as of July 2022). Shop for LEDs: www.masssave.com/en/shop/lighting

✓ Replace appliances with more energy efficient models

Appliances account for about 20% of the average household’s energy use (Mass Save as of July 2022). Rebates are available for ENERGY STAR® certified appliances: www.masssave.com/en/shop

✓  Install a programmable thermostat

With heating and cooling costs accounting for up to 76% of your home’s energy use, installing an ENERGY STAR® certified smart thermostat enables you to maximize your energy savings (Mass Save as of July 2022). Rebates are available for ENERGY STAR® certified thermostats: www.masssave.com/save/thermostats