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Worcester Energy is a municipal initiative intended to encourage residents, businesses, and institutions throughout the city to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

We believe that knowledge is power and are committed to providing accessible, useful information to help guide your decisions. Please read on to learn how you can reduce energy use and your carbon footprint!

 


The City of Worcester does not currently offer any municipal rebates or incentives toward energy efficiency or renewable energy projects, but this webpage will be updated if and when this changes. Please read on for information about a variety of topics, including state and federal incentives, that can be of interest to you.

Did you know that an average household in Massachusetts uses 22% more energy and spends 22% more on energy ($2,500/year) than the national average household due to prolonged heating season in our climate? Learn more...


Mass Save® and Energy Efficiency

The most effective way to save on energy costs is to reduce how much energy you use.

Did you know that more than 9,000 free Home Energy Assessments have been completed for Worcester residents during the past four years? Getting an assessment is a great way to learn more about your home and ways to improve its energy efficiency and performance. Click here for information about scheduling such a visit and to learn about available incentives for insulation and efficient heating systems for your home!


Energy and Cost Saving Tips

Learn about resources listing available energy efficiency incentives as well as simple steps you can take to reduce your energy bills.


Solar for Your Home - Tips & Resources

Federal and Massachusetts' incentives have been very generous over the last several years, spurring unprecedented growth of the solar industry in the state. In 2014 for example, the solar capacity in Massachusetts grew by 51%. Solar energy is more profitable than ever.

Did you know that currently there are already approximately 350 residential solar systems in Worcester? Are you curious about a solar photovoltaic system on your roof? 

In general, there are two main options for homeowners: the outright purchase of a solar system (via cash or a loan) OR allowing a company to install their solar panel system on your roof, also known as 3rd party ownership.

Learn more about those options and read about four Worcester solar projects (including project costs, incentives and out-of-pocket costs).


Green Electricity - How Much Does It Really Cost?

Renewable electricity helps to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil and is clean, unlike electricity produced from conventional source of electricity which emits air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, using renewable energy signals to the political and business decision makers that consumers want clean, renewable electricity.

Did you know that under current state regulations, as of 2015, 12% of your electricity is already produced from renewable sources of energy (with 7% more coming from waste and alternative renewable energy)? Click here to learn more.

Due to the growth of renewables market and Massachusetts' 1997 law restructuring how consumers choose their electricity supply, you now have more options than ever to choose the source, type and cost of your electricity. This section will provide you with resources on how to shop around for electrical supply, with an emphasis on renewable electricity.


Waste and Recycling in Worcester

Worcester currently recycles approximately 32% of its waste-stream (excluding yard-waste). The City encourages recycling by requiring purchase of yellow trash bags (pay-as-you-throw) to dispose of trash, while picking up recycling materials for free.