CSNDC is committed to conserving energy wherever possible in our properties and to helping residents conserve energy and related expenses in their homes.
In 2013, CSNDC began offering energy retrofit education and information and referring qualified income residents directly to Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), the state’s income-qualified energy assessment and weatherization program, or Mass Save. In 2018, we partnered with All In Energy, a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to advance an inclusive clean energy economy, including underserved communities. As a result of this partnership, in 2019, All In Energy educated 150 residents, conducted 50 energy assessments, and completed 14 retrofits.
CSNDC also support energy efficiency for local businesses. In 2015, we partnered with Lime Energy, a state-designated small business energy efficiency provider, in an effort to lower the energy costs of small businesses, equip them with new efficiency technologies, and improve their financial position. Since July 2018, 35 energy assessments have been conducted in businesses ranging from restaurants and supermarkets to car shops and beauty supply stores. Energy efficiency improvements have included such items as aerators to reduce hot water consumption, LED lights, and auto-off light switches to reduce electrical use.
In 2018-19, CSNDC enrolled 10 of these energy efficiency partner businesses in WegoWise, an online tool used to track changes in energy consumption, water use, and costs to the business. The goal is to measure the impact of the retrofits performed in small businesses for the coming five to seven years, show actual energy and dollars saved, and provide us with clear data for utility companies, the city of Boston, and policymakers.