Dear Newton PTOs,
On behalf of Mayor Warren and Green Newton, we are asking for your help on an important environmental initiative for Newton residents.
We announced the Newton Energy $avers program (NE$) in October to fulfill Mayor Warren’s vision for sustainability. With an ambitious goal of completing 1,000 Home Energy Assessments (HEAs) in 12 months, NE$ will save energy and money for residents, while protecting the environment for everyone.
An HEA is free, simple to schedule, and provides homeowners with three core benefits:
•Instant Savings Measures: Energy saving improvements, such as no-cost installation of energy-efficient light bulbs and water-saving devices on qualified fixtures.
•Health and Safety Checks: Test for toxic carbon monoxide, asbestos, mold, mildew, and fire hazards.
• A Customized Action Plan: Recommended next steps to save more money and make your home more comfortable and sustainable, such as weatherization measures, insulation or solar solutions.
Some of you may know of the very successful energy efficiency programs that have been implemented in the school buildings. We are now asking Newton’s PTOs to help bring the benefits of this approach to all Newton residents. We will work with you in any way that makes sense to you and we will support the efforts of participating PTOs with:
- Fliers and other printed material
- A web landing page for each school, to make it easy to schedule a home energy assessment
- Information table with staff at events where you would like the school community to be able to schedule an assessment (e.g., Parent-teacher nights, principal’s coffee)
- Supporting materials including business cards with address of landing page, talking points, phone call work sheets and other materials
- Brief article for the PTO newsletter
Not only will your efforts help families benefit from energy savings and safety measures, and help slow climate change, but you can also help your PTO. Green Newton will make a $10 donation to your PTO for each completed HEA resulting from your outreach.
To get your PTO started with Newton Energy $avers send an email to us and the NE$ team at GreenNewtonOutreach@gmail.com.
Newton Sustainability Director
President, Green Newton