Submitted by Bedford Mothers Out Front and Revise Energy
At their January 22nd meeting, the Bedford School Committee accepted a donation from Revise Energy to support the installation of solar panels on the public schools. The donation from Revise Energy, specifically designated for solarizing Bedford schools, will save energy and also provide an educational opportunity for students to learn more about solar energy and how it can be harvested.
Bedford Mothers Out Front, an organization committed to preserving our climate for the sake of all children, has been working with Revise, a MassSave service provider, since last April to encourage Bedford residents to have no-cost home energy assessments. For each completed assessment, Revise Energy donates $35. Since 142 Bedford homeowners have signed up for home energy assessment so far, the check amounted to $4,970.
Representing Mothers Out Front, Kristina Philipson stated that the Energy Efficiency campaign demonstrates how individual homeowner decisions and actions can help address the monumental challenge of climate change. “By making our homes more energy efficient,” Phillipson said, “we are saving money and also using less energy.” The assessments also provide free items to reduce energy use, such as free LED light bulbs to replace incandescent bulbs, smart power strips, and programmable thermostats.
Dan Carroll, COO of Revise Energy told the School Committee that as a lifelong Bedford resident, he had a particular interest in this project. In addition to attending Bedford schools with his 10 siblings, he now has three children of his own. He praised the partnership with Mothers Out Front and said that the work would continue during 2019.
School Committee Chair Dan Brosgol thanked the presenters for the donation and asked how the School Committee could help to get more Bedford residents signed up for home energy assessments. Other committee members expressed their thanks and reflected appreciatively on the energy assessments they had gotten from Revise Energy. Committee members Ann Guay and JoAnn Santiago, like other participants in the energy assessment program, have numbered signs in front of their houses (#5 and #60, respectively) indicating their participation in this campaign.