May
14

Start biking and burn cals, not oil

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Do you have a hard time fitting exercise into your schedule? Biking to work can burn over 20x the calories than if you drove to work. While many Bostonians already choose to bike to work, it can be difficult to get started. Here are some tips and resources for biking in Boston:

May
09

Drive smart

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Transportation accounts for nearly 30% of Boston’s greenhouse gas emissions. Through a few easy tips, you can do your part to stop releasing emissions.

 

May
05

Hybrid and electric car guides

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In ten years, almost every American will be driving a car or truck with hybrid technology because of new fuel economy standards.

The benefits of hybrid or hybrid-electric vehicle are beyond increased fuel economy. Hybrid and electric vehicles will help reduce our dependence on foreign oil, greenhouse gas emissions, and more.

Apr
24

Rebates, incentives & tax breaks

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Buildings

  • MassSAVE: State website for Massachusetts-specific rebates, tax breaks, planning, and technical assistance. Includes both residential and commercial building incentives.
  • DSIREUSA: A national open database. Most useful for understanding federal incentives as a complement to MassSAVE’s website.
  • OpenEI:Massachusetts: Nationwide database for understanding broader context of building energy in Massachusetts.
  • National Grid NEST rebate: National Grid instant rebate on the NEST learning thermostat

 

Apr
24

Car-sharing & transit resources

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Overall, transportation accounts for roughly 30 percent of Boston’s emissions. One car trip less every week for an entire year equates to about 0.2 tons less carbon pollution in the air. If everyone in Boston decided to replace one car trip a week with transit or biking, we’d reach our climate action goals a year earlier and take the equivalent of 20,000 cars off the road.

The car is no longer king in Boston.  More and more of us are choosing not to drive–not just in Boston, but across the Northeast.  If you’re afraid of missing the bus, new smartphone apps can tell you exactly when a bus will arrive. You can also try Hubway bike-sharing, car-sharing services, and tips on driving smarter.

Here’s a list of resources for determining which transit option is best for you and your employees.

Apr
18

Hubway: Over 1000 bikes at your service

Need to run an errand, meet a friend, or get to work downtown? Do it while getting exercise and saving money! Sign up for a Hubway membership to get access to 100 stations and over 1,000 bikes through Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville. Or, if you only want to use it for a day or weekend, you can sign up at any station.

Bikes are available 24/7 through spring, summer, and fall. After signing up for an annual membership, a 24-hour access pass, or a 3-day access pass, users ride for free for the first half hour of every use!