Your Monday Action is to ask your State Rep to support scoring homes on energy efficiency.
This Wednesday, May 2nd at 2:00 p.m., the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE) will consider a new bill that will give an energy efficiency grade to all homes when they are for sale in Massachusetts. You can help raise the bar on home energy efficiency, lower our state’s energy use and support local jobs in the energy efficiency sector. This bill, sponsored by Governor Baker, will create a Home MPG Scorecard. State legislators need to hear that constituents like you support it before May 2nd!
Please call or email your State Representative to say that you support the home energy efficiency bill (H.4371) that the Governor introduced. Ask your Rep to tell Representative Thomas Golden, House Chair of TUE, that this is a sensible and significant way to reduce our state’s residential energy use.
You can use the sample text below. More talking points are available from our friends at Co-op Power and ener-G-save.
I am urgently concerned about climate change and the children I love look to me to leave them a livable climate.
I support the home energy efficiency bill (H.4371) that the Governor introduced. Requiring that sellers inform potential home buyers of the energy efficiency level of the home makes sense and will motivate greater reductions of GHG emissions from buildings.
When we buy cars, we can compare gas mileage because it is right there on the sticker. We need a standardized score card to be able to compare energy efficiency across homes, when we’re making the biggest purchase of our lives.
The score card reflects the efficiency of the heating and other systems in the home, not the amount of energy consumed by the current occupants. Studies have shown that home sales were not delayed by requiring homes to have an energy audit and reporting the results may increase home values.
We have to reduce our energy use so future generations have a healthy climate. We are all depending on you to lead on climate issues.
YOUR NAME, YOUR ADDRESS
With Mothers Out Front
Thanks for checking in each week and doing what you can to leave a healthy climate for the coming generations.
You are our inspiration.
Can you join us at the State House for the Home MPG hearing?
Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE)
Wednesday, May 2 at 2:00 p.m.
Hearing Room B-2
A big showing will let Beacon Hill know that we want energy efficiency of homes to be universal and transparent.
If you are a realtor or know one who would speak or submit testimony, let us know. There are funds available to offset costs of transportation for supporters attending the hearing. Call 413-279-9141 or email ener-Gemail@example.com to find out more.
In Person Events:
- Wednesday 5/2, 2:00 pm, TUE Hearing on Home MPG bill. Mass State House, Hearing Room B-2, Boston.
- Sunday 5/6, 4:30-6:00 pm, Northampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. Smith College Campus Center. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Monday 5/14, 7:00pm-9:00pm, CAN Legislative and 100% Renewable meeting, Amherst Unitarian Universalist Society, 121 North Pleasant Street, side entrance off Kellogg Ave. Bring a laptop and cell phone for the calling party.
- Friday 5/18, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Wisdom, Analysis and Inspiration from Seasoned Organizers. Edwards Church, 297 Main St., Northampton.
- Sunday 5/20, 7:00pm-9:00pm, State Rep. Candidate Forum on Climate and Energy for the 3rd Hampshire District (Amherst, Pelham, Granby). Amherst Unitarian Universalist Society, 121 North Pleasant Street.
- Monday 5/21, 6:00-8:00 pm, Amherst Mothers Out Front Monthly Community Meeting. Connecting, learning, eating. All welcome, including children. Bring food to share if you can but fine to come without; always plenty! Same location as usual. RSVP greenzinnia at hotmail dot com.
- Monday 5/28, 7:00pm-9:00 pm, CAN General Meeting, Amherst Unitarian Universalist Society, 121 N. Pleasant St, Northampton.
Check out our local MOF page for more ways to get involved here.
To join any of the Pioneer Valley MOF working groups on Zero Energy buildings, Community Choice Electricity, or home energy efficiency, contact us at email@example.com.
Keep up with other actions for resisting and protecting our communities and climate by following 413 Staying Connected for Action.