The town is gearing up to go green, again.
At the Monday night Board of Selectmen's meeting, the Sustainable Energy Committee (SEC) previewed their upcoming Power to $ave program.
Power to Save follows up from last year's initiative the Power to Choose program. Over 1,000 Wellesley residents volunteered to be a part, and all three of the colleges in Wellesley signed on to the campaign.
This year, the goal is to get 400 Wellesley homeowners to try the no-cost home assessment. After that, connect those residents to resources so they can save energy and money by making improvements.
"If you do what they recommend, it’s going to reduce your utility bills and use of fossil fuels," said SEC chair Ellen Korpi.
The Municipal Light Plant and National Grid are both co-sponsoring Power to $ave.
"Like the last time, it's going to be a viral, grassroots community effort." Korpi remarked "because we did it last year, it’s amazing how you start so much further ahead."
The SEC will start handing out cards next week, after the initiative is announced, and hopes to place sandwich boards around town advertising the campaign. As well as reaching out to environmental groups, garden clubs, houses of worship, service clubs, and others.
Could the town reclaim its title as third in the country in terms of voluntary renewable energy signup among residents?
[Correction: National Grid is co-sponsoring the program, not NStar.
Sustainable Wellesley was incorrectly identified as a sponsoring group. The SEC is running the program, while Sustainable Wellesley is an environmental group. 10:16 a.m.]