The Ipswich Utilities Department is pleased to announce the launch of our Commercial & Industrial and Residential Energy Efficiency Pilot Programs designed to benefit our local community and you, our customer.
Interested customers are encouraged to review the program summaries below and complete an application form to participate. For more information, or to answer any questions relating to the programs, please contact the program hotlines at:
Commercial & Industrial: Program hotline at 877-259-3015 or email
Residential: HELPS program hotline at 888-333-7525 or email
Why Energy Efficiency
Energy efficiency is the most cost-effective green resource available to utilities and customers. According to the United States Department of Energy, today’s buildings consume more energy than any other sector of the U.S. economy, including transportation and industry. Many of our current buildings are 20 or more years old, providing excellent opportunity to reduce energy consumption by increasing the efficiency of aging buildings through retrofits or targeted equipment replacements.
The Energy Pyramid
The principle of the energy pyramid is that to effectively manage and reduce energy consumption, you must first start with the simplest and least cost options (typically referred to as the low-hanging fruit) before pursuing the more complicated and costlier options such as renewable energy. A good example of the energy pyramid concept is a homeowner who wishes to install Solar Photovoltaics (PV) on their home. The homeowner would be misguided to simply review their utility bills and purchase a Solar PV system that matched their peak demand without first considering simple and low cost options for reducing their energy consumption.
By applying the concept of the energy pyramid, the homeowner would first pursue simple conservation measures such as turning off lights when they leave the room, installing low flow aerators on their faucets or turning down the temperature on their electric water heater. The homeowner would then pursue simple efficiency improvements such as replacing incandescent light bulbs with CFL’s that use much less energy.
These simple low-cost improvements would lower the homeowner’s energy consumption, allowing them to purchase a right-sized Solar PV system thus saving money compared to a larger system. This simple example demonstrates the concept of the energy pyramid; it is t his concept around which Ipswich has structured its pilot program with an initial focus on energy conservation and efficiency.
In 2008 , the Commonwealth of Massachusetts passed an energy bill entitled An Act Relative to Green Communities which placed a huge emphasis on promoting energy efficiency in the State. The bill recognizes that energy efficiency and demand resource programs can be highly cost effective and significantly less expensive than pursuing new sources of power supply such as the construction of new power plants. Following the passage of the 2008 energy bill, the state investor owned utilities collaborated to develop 3-year plans for meeting increasingly aggressive goals for energy efficiency in the state.
Ipswich Utilities Department will be one of the first municipalities in the state to offer a portfolio of energy efficiency programs. This is an exciting opportunity to help lead the way in developing a shared savings initiative that can be adopted by other municipalities to further our common goals of reducing consumers’ energy bills, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing our reliance on imported fossil fuels.