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Getting To Zero

Getting to Zero is a lecture series with experts and local installers discussing steps you can take to make your home and life more energy efficient and electricity based. These conversations have been recorded. Below are links to the videos  which were posted on our blog. 


Electric Vehicles 2/2022

Lincoln Green Energy Committee EV event on Zoom February 2022. Green Energy Consumers Alliance joined us as well as Guy from Nissan Milford.

HeatSmart Ground Source Heat Pumps 5/2022

Bob Zogg from the Heat Smart Alliance and Dandelion Energy discuss heat pumps and ground source heat pumps in Lincoln, MA


Getting to Zero:  #1 The Envelope

How to improve the Envelope of your Home, the first presentation in the Getting to Zero series, will be given by Rachel White CEO of Byggmeister Design/Build. She will inform us about the building envelope of houses (the walls, floors, roof and windows) and how to make them more energy efficient. Hosted by Lincoln CFREE a working subcommittee of the GEC.

Getting to Zero: #2 Upgrading Windows

Upgrading Windows, the second presentation in the Getting to Zero series, will be given by Patrik Muzila, President of European Architectural Supply in Acton. Patrik will talk about the benefits of upgrading your windows and what options to look for.

Getting to Zero: #3 Adding Solar

Adding Solar is the 4th in our Getting to Zero Series. Roy Van Cleef at New England Clean Energy presents what solar PV is all about and answers questions.

Getting to Zero: #4 Retrofit of the Historical Home 

Six case studies of energy retrofitting a modern architecture home and keeping its spirit.

Getting to Zero: #5 Heat Pump Myths, Design Issues and Operating Recommendations

This interview between Michael Moodie from the Lincoln Green Energy Committee and Rob Basnett of Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC covers heating your home 201 as we delve into more advanced questions.

Getting to Zero: #6 The Builder's Perspective

In the sixth presentation of the Getting to Zero series, Lincolnite Mark Doughty, President of Thoughtforms Construction Company and Colin Flavin, founder of Flavin Architects will discuss their experience with respectful renovation of historic homes, particularly mid-century modern homes, and how renovations can meet new energy codes.

Getting to Zero: #7 Lincoln Green Choice Electricity with Paul Gromer

Paul Gromer from Peregrine talks about Lincoln Green Choice program for electricity and REC's and what the classifications mean.


Getting to Zero: #1 Tap State and Federal Incentives

Larry Chretien, Executive Director of the Green Energy Consumers Alliance, gives a rundown of incentives available from the state of Massachusetts and from the Federal government. He discusses his own journey to electrify his home.

Getting to Zero: #2 Get Charged! The Matter and Practice of Going Net Zero

Jay Turner, an environmental studies professor at Wellesley College, discusses electrification of the grid in his recent book Charged: A History of Batteries and Lessons for a Clean Energy Future. He also shares  his experiences retrofitting his home in Natick to be net energy positive and discuss the big picture and fine details of electrification.

Getting to Zero: #3 Get Pumped! New Developments in Heat Pump Water Heaters

Larry Chretien, Executive Director of the Green Energy Consumers Alliance, discusses methane/carbon savings as well as incentives for heat pump hot water heaters. He also talks about the benefits, installation requirements and the new 120V domestic hot water heaters.

Getting to Zero 2024: #4 Demand Response

Bill O’Connor, Connected Solutions, Eversource gave a great presentation about connecting your central air conditioning or your back up battery to the grid. This program reimburses homeowners for the use of their back up battery and for not using their air conditioner during peak electrical energy events so that peaking power plants don’t need to come on line. Peaking power plants are very expensive to run, burn fossil fuels, and are generally quite dirty emitters burning oil or coal. This program also means new peaking power plants don’t need to be built.

Getting to Zero 2024: #5 Three Unique Case Studies of Home Heating and Ventilation 

Ants Hartmann, Hartmann HVAC, discusses heating with smaller high velocity ducts, ventilation systems, and the importance of maintenance.

Getting to Zero 2024: #6 Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Foods in the 21st Century

Chuck Sizer and Vicky Diadiuk discuss the importance of eating a diet with a low carbon footprint and some modern technology to improve the processing of food.



Getting to Zero 2024: #7 Embodied Carbon

Tim Lock, an architect with OPAL Architects focuses on Embodied Carbon.







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