Quincy CAN believes that energy efficiency, energy conservation, and energy awareness can start at home, with our members and our neighbors.
Our neighborhood initiatives help residents access energy-related resources, including the latest information about energy efficiency and conservation.
As an all-volunteer citizens group, QCAN needs many hands and minds to make an impact. We invite you to contribute your energy and ideas to our work.
Getting Efficient Events
QCAN hosts these community events, subtitled “Ideas for saving energy and money in your home,” in partnership with Next Step Living. At the events we offer a brief overview of Quincy CAN’s work, and representatives of Next Step Living talk about their energy assessments and ways they can help you save energy at home. We hope to host a Getting Efficient event at a public location in every Quincy neighborhood.
Getting Efficient events also include:
- Tips on easy ways for both owners and renters to save money and energy at home
- Sign-ups for a free energy assessment
- Open discussion for sharing questions, answers, and ideas
- A hands-on demo table where guests can try out energy-saving gadgets
Would you like a Getting Efficient event in your neighborhood of Quincy? Let us know!
Kill a Watt® Library Loaner Program
In February 2013, we teamed up with Quincy’s Thomas Crane Public Library to launch our first hands-on education program, which loans Kill a Watt devices to library patrons. The Kill a Watt is a handheld device that identifies ways to save energy and money by measuring the energy used by each of your household appliances.
QCAN members donated four of the devices — one for every public library branch — that library patrons may check out for free. The loaner Kill a Watt devices come with a how-to guide developed by QCAN, including suggested next steps and a tracking grid.
For more information, go to www.thomascranelibrary.org/killawatt-program.
QCAN views the Solarize Mass program as a key opportunity to bring more carbon-free solar power to Quincy. QCAN has been tracking the City of Quincy’s plans to apply to the second round of the 2013 program, which would allow Quincy residents and businesses to install solar power at below-market prices.
Since 2012 QCAN has been a leading voice for policies and practices that decrease the use of fossil fuels in and by the city, including energy efficiency, energy conservation, and the production and use of clean renewable energy.