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City to host energy-efficiency ice cream social at East Boston YMCA

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  February 27, 2013 07:52 AM

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East Boston residents can enjoy free ice cream with a side of energy efficiency information on Saturday afternoon, as the city’s Renew Boston program offers a workshop at the neighborhood YMCA.

Presenters will tell residents and property owners how to get free energy assessments for residential buildings of one to four units, rebates for heating and plumbing improvements, no-cost financing on energy efficient improvements, and how to save 75 percent on insulation and weather-stripping.

And all that while snacking on build-it-yourself sundaes.

“To succeed in our ambitious climate action strategy, we need our residents and businesses to do their part in embracing clean energy solutions,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said in a statement released Tuesday.

“Renew Boston provides them with a suite of resources to take the next step in greening their homes and businesses through energy efficiency and solar energy, work that creates local, green jobs in Boston.”

Menino introduced the Renew Boston program three years ago to help residents and businesses achieve greater energy efficiency and access incentives for alternative energy. Through the program, the city partners with National Grid and NStar to organize incentives that help provide free energy audits and rebates for efficiency improvements to qualifying homes and businesses.

So far it has provided more than 14,000 energy assessments and helped weatherize and insulate more than 3,000 businesses and homes, according to the statement from the city. The program is part of a citywide effort to save energy, reduce greenhouse gases, and create green jobs.

The workshop will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at the East Boston YMCA facility at 54 Ashley St. For more information on how to participate in Renew Boston, contact Erin Taylor at 617-524-3950, extension 141, or Erin@RenewBoston.org.

Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com.
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