There is a simple solution to all three problems--and we are already paying for it.
We pay an "energy efficiency charge" on all our electric and gas bills. This small charge adds up to a big pot of money that the utility companies have to use to make our communities more energy efficient.
You can help make this happen! Here's how.
1. Sign this petition -- it tells the utility companies and the state to triple their energy savings and create more weatherization, more up-front financing, and more jobs for our communities.
2. Join the Green Justice Coalition on October 6 when we will testify and pressure the utility companies and the state. We will meet at 4 pm at 100 Cambridge Street in downtown Boston, the state office building where the state Energy Efficiency Advisory Council is holding a special hearing. For more information call Loie Hayes at 617-278-1885.
To my utility company:
My community needs to become a "green community." This means:
We need more home weatherization so we can save money and energy.
We need up-front financing so homeowners and tenants can weatherize our homes completely and start saving money immediately.
We need good jobs doing all this weatherization work in our community.
I am a ratepayer and I want you to raise your energy savings work to to create more neighborhood outreach, up-front financing, and jobs.
To the state Energy Efficiency Advisory Council:
We are paying the utility companies millions of dollars to do energy efficiency work. We need to see more results in our communities which are the hardest hit by the energy and economic crises. Please require the utility companies to achieve 3% energy savings every year so we can become a "green community" with energy efficient homes, financing, and jobs.