Think Globally, Act Locally, Act Globally, Just Act

Global warming is a problem that affects the entire world and requires a global effort, but we can make a huge positive impact by doing working right here in Sharon. Here are some easy ones.

Trashy Talk

Energy is not the only thing that produces the greenhouse gases that are responsible for trapping the warm air causing the earth to heat up. Waste is a big factor in global warming.

One easy thing that we can do to make a huge difference is to be smarter about how we dispose of our trash. Use this handy Recyclopedia to see what’s recyclable and what’s not.

Saving Energy Saves Money

Making sure our houses are operating as efficiently as possible is another way to do your part to halt the climate change crisis. Fortunately, there is a program that helps you do this for free…and even saves you money: a home energy audit. In an audit, a home energy professional visits your home and sees where you can make simple changes to use less energy.

Contact Sharon Saves today to set up a free home energy audit. You’ll also get free LED light bulbs for your entire house (a huge savings), shower heads, power strips, and subsidized insulation if needed. You have nothing to lose and lots to gain.

Learn how easy it is to save energy with this Citizen’s Guide to Reducing Energy Waste. 

Sign up for Mass Energy’s Shave the Peak alerts so you can reduce electricity use during peak days. This reduces need (which helps stop pipelines) and prevents the use of more expensive, dirty fuels.

Call or Write About It

Massachusetts has long been a leader in sustainable energy. Now more than ever, it’s important to contact your legislators and let them know that you support a clean renewable energy future for all Massachusetts communities.

Ask our State senators and representatives to support robust clean energy legislation.

Learn About Carbon Pricing

What is it? How can it help reduce global warming?

Is it Possible Reverse Climate Change?

Drawdown: “The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed.” Drawdown is that point in time when the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. The book lays out the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change.

Community-Wide Energy Use: Town of Sharon

Fuel Your Car with Your House

Sharon’s biggest energy use comes from our cars. You can walk, bike, and take the train sometimes, but that car is pretty useful. So we encourage you to check out Mass Energy’s Drive Green program, which offers massive savings on electric cars. You can test drive more than one, then cash on steep discounts. Check it out here.

Then Fuel Your House with Clean Energy

Mass Energy’s New England Wind and Green Start programs allow you to put all of your electrical bill towards bringing renewable energy into the grid. You don’t need to install anything on your house or change anything on your bill. All you need to do is sign up. New England Wind has a bigger impact, but Green Start costs a little less.

So in the end, you can power your house and your car with clean energy all at once.

Tips from Our Friends

Needless to say, we’re not the only ones thinking of this. Here’s some advice from experts on things you can do to help stop climate change.

Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living from the Union of Concerned Scientists.