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.
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 handheld Kill-a-Watt device 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.
In 2015, QCAN brought the Solarize Mass program to Quincy. Solarize Mass, a state-sponsored program, provided discounted rooftop solar panels to 160 Quincy businesses and houses, for a total of 600 Kw of solar capacity. QCAN members helped the city apply to join the program and select a solar contractor once the application was accepted. We also provided the vast bulk of the volunteer energy that made Solarize Quincy one of the most successful efforts in the history of the Solarize Mass program.
Since 2012 QCAN has been the city’s leading voice for policies and practices that decrease the use of fossil fuels in the city and by city government, including energy efficiency, energy conservation, and the production and use of clean renewable energy. We meet regularly with city officials and members of Quincy’s statehouse delegations to recommend policies that will help our planet avoid the worst of climate change.