National Grid, our Green Energy Challenge sponsor, is a leader in empowering energy efficient customers. Check out some of their great resources and tools that can help you save energy and money! Plus, a great program to fast-track high school students toward a successful career in engineering!
Free Services and Rebates
National Grid, as well as other national providers of energy, offer rebates or free services to help customers become more energy efficient. For example, in Massachusetts you can have a free energy-assessment of your home, free CFLs, 75% off insulation and more! If you’re in their service area (MA, CT, RI or NY), you can discover more savings opportunities here. If you’re outside the National Grid service area, be sure to check with your own utility to see what incentives they offer their energy efficient customers.
Energy Saving Tips
Did you know that by replacing five lights with ENERGY STAR® light bulbs you can save 62 kwh of energy for a total savings of $9 per month? It’s so easy! Check out these great tips for saving energy with heating and cooling, insulation, lighting and water heating. You can also find tips just for schools in GEF’s Green Energy Challenge tips section.
Engineering our Future
In the U.S., fewer and fewer students are choosing to become engineers. For the health of the economy it’s imperative that we excite and prepare students to take on these critical jobs. ‘Engineering our future’ is National Grid’s signature program that identified a long term strategy to positively affect the attitudes of young people, their parents and teachers toward a career choice of engineering. Through this program, and with $3 million invested, National Grid works to Inspire, Attract and Develop tomorrow’s engineers. Each year, 60 high school juniors who have strong grades and interest in studying engineering in college will be accepted into the Pipeline. If they study engineering in college, keep their grades up, and participate in ongoing activities – including a paid internship at National Grid, as well as educational, job shadowing and mentoring activities – they will be fast-tracked for full-time employment at National Grid upon graduation. You can learn more and apply for the program here.
Smart Grid Technology
Smart grids are the way of the future for National Grid and some other utilities around the country. According to National Grid, a smart grid “is an “intelligent” electricity distribution network that uses two-way communications, advanced sensors and controls, advanced meters, and computers that can help reduce customers’ energy use, improve the efficiency and reliability of the electricity grid, facilitate the connection of distributed generation facilities to the system, and optimize the integration of renewable energy systems.” Sounds great, doesn’t it? With this tool, customers will be empowered to make decisions about the ways in which they consume energy and how their energy is generated. It’s a great opportunity for renewable energy technologies, including plug-in vehicles, to really take off based on customers demands and real cost savings to families, businesses and municipalities.