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New App from Code for Boston to Help Save Energy (and Prizes!)

EnerSave screenshotWant to win prizes for saving energy? Now you can, thanks to EnerSave, a new app from our friends at Code for Boston! Over the past year Code for Boston, a chapter of the nonprofit Code for America, has been working on EnerSave. EnerSave is a web app that lets people team up and compete to lower their electricity use. The EnerSave team just announced the launch of their app this month, and Cambridge Energy Alliance is offering prizes to the winning teams. To get started, visit

EnerSave is designed to let people easily upload electricity use from their utility accounts and then create teams in which to compete. A leaderboard showcases the teams that are the top savers each month. You can use a Google account or … [view entry]

Reminder: Light Bulb Swap on Saturday!


If you are a Cambridge resident, this is a reminder to come swap up to three of your incandescent or CFL light bulbs* for free LED replacements this Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Cambridge Winter Farmer’s Market at 5 Callender St, from 10am-2pm! We will also have a pop-up store with heavily discounted LEDs for all of your other lighting needs.

*The swap is limited to A19 and BR30 bulbs.

This event is part of the City’s 100% LED Campaign that encourages residents to change over their lighting to LEDs, which use six times less energy. Please note that the bulb swap is limited to Cambridge residents and while supplies last.

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Free LEDs this Saturday Only!


Are you a Cambridge resident? Come to the Cambridge Winter Farmer’s Market this Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10am-2pm and swap up to three of your incandescent or CFL bulbs for free LED replacements! (Please note that only the most common bulb types will be available to swap). There will also be a pop-up store with heavily discounted LEDs for all of your other lighting needs.

This event is part of the City’s 100% LED Campaign that encourages residents to change over their lighting to LEDs, which use six times less energy. The bulb swap is limited to Cambridge residents and the most common types of bulbs, while supplies last. For more information, go to[view entry]

Sunny Cambridge Event: Making a Confident Solar Decision


To help Sunny Cambridge participants go solar, Sunny Cambridge will be hosting an informational workshop about making a solar decision on Wed, December 7.

Register for the workshop here

  • Learn about Sunny Cambridge success to date
  • Hear from neighbors that already went solar
  • Have your important solar questions answered
  • Get one-on-one support for your solar quotes


5:45pm – Refreshments

6:00 – 7:30pm – Program


Main Library
449 Broadway
Community Room
Cambridge… [view entry]

100% LED Incentives Extended to Dec 7!

Cambridge Energy Alliance’s 100% LED promotion has been extended!

From now until DEC. 7, residents can go to to get special pricing that is available to Cambridge residents only. Customers can also get discounted shipping while supplies last. Not sure what bulb to get? See our guide at

The 100% LED campaign is one of the city’s initiatives to win the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a nationwide competition among cities to cut residential energy use through energy efficiency. Residents have until the end of December 2016 to help Cambridge win before the judging period is over. Find out more at!

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The Greater Boston Heat Pump Program

Mass Energy is collaborating with local heat pump installers, running the Greater Boston Heat Pump Program. Heat pumps are a great way to efficiently heat and cool your home.  Installing energy efficient heat pumps can help the City of Cambridge win the $5 million dollar Georgetown University Energy Prize!

air pump

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Mass Energy has partnered with highly qualified installers like Fisher-Churchill Co. and Genove Oil & Air Co. to offer homeowners competitive price for the installation of high efficiency, air source heat pumps (ASHP). ASHP systems circulate air from the outside via a heat exchanger and compressor to either heat the house or cool it by transferring hot air to the outside or inside, as needed. The increased efficiency can reduce your energy bill and actually save you … [view entry]

GUEP Update: Science Festival and Lightbulb Bicycles!

tableOn April 20th, the City of Cambridge took part in the Cambridge Science Festival, a multi-day event within the city that celebrates science, technology, engineering, art and math in Cambridge and New England, as well as their impact on the global community. The city of Cambridge was proud to work in conjunction with MIT, Harvard, the Museum of Science, and the Cambridge Public Library to host the event. At the event, the city was able to inform citizens about two of its initiatives, the ongoing Georgetown Energy Prize Campaign and Sunny Cambridge, a new collaboration with Energysage that helps homeowners use online technology to find the most affordable rates for installing solar power.

While at our event outside of the Cambridge Public Library, we showcased our new energy efficiency … [view entry]

Welcome to Sunny Cambridge!



The City of Cambridge has launched Sunny Cambridge, an exciting new program to help residents of Cambridge learn about solar and receive online quotes from local installers through an easy-to-use online platform! Sunny Cambridge is focused on helping residents that have any kind of property, including single-family homes, condominiums, rental properties, and commercial properties. The program website is and is offered in partnership with local solar marketplace provider, EnergySage.

For those curious about the benefits of solar, there are a number of great reasons to go solar in Cambridge today, including:

• Reduce or eliminate your electricity billlogo
• Increase the value of your property
• Reduce your carbon footprint
• Help create local green jobs
• Earn solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs) from producing solar energy and … [view entry]

GUEP Campaign: Halfway Mark!!!

It has been incredibly quick, but the Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP) is now at the halfway mark, leaving just one year left for the City of Cambridge government and residents to reduce its total energy use through the Win It Campaign. In the past year, we have accomplished many projects and initiatives designed to help us win the GUEP!

Block Captains: The City of Cambridge organized 3 community leaders and 11 volunteers to help citizens sign up for free home energy assessments to reduce total home energy use. Block Captains will continue to work throughout the year to inform citizens on reducing their energy bills for free. As the Block Captains will be an ongoing campaign, you can sign up to be part of this amazing initiative here[view entry]

Starting the 2016 Block Captains Initiative


winitIt is 2016, and we are now entering the final year of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a country wide competition to get cities in America to reduce wasted energy. In order to be the city that reduces its energy use the most, Cambridge is encouraging residents to sign up for no-cost home energy assessments through its Block Captains Initiative. As you know, the Block Captain is a friendly face that works with people in their social networks to help them sign up. These networks can include family, friends, neighborhoods, co-workers, classrooms, and schools.

During the assessment, a professional home energy advisor evaluates the health, safety, and performance of heating and cooling systems in your home and provides no-cost instant savings measures such as LED light bulbs, water saving [view entry]