Together, we are going to
By implementing the Electrify Hingham program, HMLP will be participating in the nationwide movement towards strategic electrification as a means to combat climate change by reducing carbon emissions, conserve resources by lowering consumption, and stabilize or reduce long-term homeowner costs by providing cost-effective electrical solutions. HMLP has a responsibility to its ratepayers to lead and shape this inevitable transition in the Town, which will have major impacts on HMLP’s revenue, rate structure, and capital needs.
Conserve natural resources
by lowering inefficient consumption.
Read more about our energy saving tips here.
Achieving a Collective Vision:
HMLP is a proud participant in the Town of Hingham’s climate action planning efforts and strives to help Hingham reach its goal of net-zero emissions by 2040. Electrify Hingham has been structured to coexist with ongoing efforts by the Town to address carbon emissions. To meet the program objectives that HMLP has committed to, Electrify Hingham is centered around four main achievement categories. Strategies and targets in the program must work to 1) electrify buildings, 2) electrify transportation, 3) generate & store energy, and 4) establish partnerships.
Promote efficient and electric buildings, especially for new construction, through measures such as electric heating and cooling systems that optimize a building’s energy efficiency.
Promote transportation electrification for all residential, municipal, and commercial vehicles & fleets in coordination with the installation of accessible charging infrastructure.
Generate & Store Energy
Expand distributed, renewable energy generation and storage in Hingham. This must be in harmony with increasing demand from electrification and changes necessary to meet that demand.
Establish partnerships, outreach, and cooperation with other state and local entities around these goals and collaborate to achieve Hingham’s collective vision as a community.
An all-electric building depends on high-performance technology and a well-insulated envelope. HMLP provides rebates to help its customers pursue an all-electric reality for their homes and businesses, and these rebates take several forms. Weatherization rebates target tight building envelopes that will minimize heat loss, leaks, and drafts while maximizing energy efficiency. Within a well-insulated building, heat pumps are an efficient, electric system that provides both heating and cooling to the home with low operational costs. This technology typically has a high up-front cost to consumers, but incentives on the federal, state, and local level are meant to bring that cost down or even eliminate it. LED lighting and efficient electric appliances are additional steps that customers can take to reduce their energy consumption, lower their carbon footprint, and participate in the decarbonization of the built environment.
Download the Electrify Hingham plan that works for you and create your own electrification strategy. Whether you are a homeowner, renter, business owner or a municipal employee, HMLP has created a set of templates that can help you navigate the technology, incentives, and timelines for transitioning your building.
Determine how much money you may get with the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) by clicking here. Rewiring America has created an incentive calculator to show what federal incentives homeowners and renters may be eligible for over the course of the next decade!
Switching to an electric vehicle can increase performance, reliability, convenience, and cost savings for Hingham drivers. HMLP offers several incentives to help everyone in Hingham choose electric transportation options. HMLP is also building out Hingham’s public charging network so that drivers can feel comfortable knowing that they will always have an option to charge in Town. Together, we can electrify transportation in Hingham to produce better air-quality, an investment in our economy, energy security, and less emissions.
Download the Electrify Hingham plan that works for you and create your own electrification strategy. Whether you are a homeowner, renter, business owner or a municipal employee, HMLP has created a set of templates that can help you navigate the technology, incentives, and timelines for transitioning your fleet.
Use this tool to find electric models that will best fit your lifestyle and needs while also seeing how much you can save by going electric! With an electric vehicle you can save money on gas and shrink your carbon footprint. Use the DrivE & SaVe Wizard to create a personalized estimate of the money, energy and emissions you can save by choosing an EV.
Check out Hingham Drives Electric’s Buying Guide to learn more about the federal, state, and local incentives available specifically for electric vehicles! These incentives are meant to lower the upfront cost of EV ownership or leasing. They may apply to the vehicle itself, charging equipment, or off-peak charging.
Generate & Store Energy
HMLP is developing a roadmap for converting its power portfolio to 100% carbon-emissions-free generation as soon as possible. While the goal is clear, the path to get there is still developing, so HMLP intends to revisit and reset its policy from time to time as conditions require. HMLP also seeks to achieve these important goals alongside the transition to a carbon-emissions-free power supply: Maintain affordable rates for all customers, provide adequately for maintenance of HMLP’s assets, find the most cost-effective path to power-supply conversion, and avoid purchasing “renewable” energy which pollutes in other ways. To meet HMLP’s resiliency and carbon-free power objectives, collaboration is needed at the community level in Hingham. Residents, businesses, and the local government are encouraged to seek their own renewable generation assets, such as solar and battery storage while being as efficient as possible with their energy consumption.
Download the Electrify Hingham plan that works for you and create your own electrification strategy. Whether you are a homeowner, renter, business owner or a municipal employee, HMLP has created a set of templates that can help you navigate the technology, incentives, and timelines for taking control of your power.
Homeowner's Guide to Going Solar
You may be considering the option of adding a solar energy system to your home’s roof or finding another way to harness the sun’s energy. Thanks in part to Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) investments, the cost of going solar goes down every year. While there’s no one-size-fits-all solar solution, here are some resources that can help you figure out what’s best for you. Consider these questions before you go solar.
On EnergySage, you can easily compare custom proposals for rooftop solar panels and battery storage (optional) from local, pre-screened installers. Sign up for free on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace to see how much you can save – without sharing a phone number! EnergySage offers free educational resources, incentive calculators and solar estimates, quote comparison tools, and energy advisors to answer questions.
Establish partnerships, outreach, and cooperation with other local and state entities around these goals and collaborate to achieve Hingham’s collective vision as a community. By creating new partnerships, HMLP will be better equipped to address the needs of stakeholders and access resources that will assist in the electrification and decarbonization of the Hingham community. Further, HMLP will actively seek new opportunities to work with stakeholders and continue to become a more transparent and accessible entity for all. To reach the goals that have been established by HMLP, partnerships and stakeholder engagement are critical. Some of HMLP’s partnerships and popular customer resources are outlined below.
ENE was founded in 1998 to enhance the competitive position of public power entities in response to deregulation and to attain operating efficiencies in energy risk management and retail account management. ENE’s energy assessment service allows any HMLP customer to get expert advice on energy efficiency improvements for homes or businesses to increase comfort and save money. Click here to get signed up for an energy assessment.
Customers can get support throughout the heat pump adoption process with Abode Energy, starting with a no-cost heat pump assessment that can determine what system configuration is best for your home. Click here to get connected with Abode, sign up for a consultation, and learn more about heat pumps.
Hingham Drives Electric is an outreach program provided by HMLP to inform the electric utility customer about the savings and benefits that come from choosing an electric car and charging it at home overnight. Customers can use this site to navigate state and local incentives for EVs, EV benefits and savings, charging equipment installers, EV news, etc. Click here to get in touch with an EV advisor and get started.
HMLP has partnered with EnergySage to help customers go solar. EnergySage offers valuable educational resources, calculators, and marketplaces to help you learn about and shop for solar with confidence. These services are totally free and 100% online, no calls unless you want them. Click here to explore rooftop solar solutions.
Hingham has many groups that are actively working towards sustainability and always in need of volunteers. Become a community partner in our mission to Electrify Hingham by checking out some of these groups below.
Hingham’s Energy Action Committee (EAC), successor to the Energy Policy Committee, is a town committee that The EAC:
- Identifies, promotes, and helps implement energy savings opportunities for municipal and community-wide operations and residences; and
- Raises energy awareness on issues of concern to Town residents.
The EAC’s mission is to serve the residents and commercial enterprises of the Town of Hingham by helping to establish energy policies and measures that will promote the efficient use of energy and reduce adverse environmental impact, and by taking measures to increase awareness of energy issues. Any individuals interested in serving on the committee or offering expertise on energy-related matters are encouraged to contact the Energy Action Committee through the town website.
The Hingham Climate Action Planning Committee (CAPC) is a town committee that was established at Town Meeting in 2021. At that time, the Town voted to establish the CAPC to fulfill two charges:
- Evaluate a wide range of carbon emission reduction strategies; and
- Propose measures to achieve a zero-sum of carbon emissions produced and taken out of the atmosphere (i.e., “net-zero” carbon emissions) by the year 2040 or another target date deemed feasible.
The CAPC intends to create a climate action plan (CAP) as a means to combat changes in the environment threatened by the continued release of carbon and other climate-changing gases. To get involved in the CAP, reach out to the Climate Action Planning Committee through the town website.
Hingham Net Zero (HNZ) is a private citizen organization in Hingham that focuses on advocacy and education related to the Town’s goal to achieve net-zero by 2040. HMLP does not control the actions of HNZ, they are a private citizen group and thus not controlled by HMLP or the Town. HNZ works to:
- Raise awareness of the need for aggressive climate action;
- Support the Town’s efforts to cut emissions; and
- Work to reduce carbon emissions across our town as quickly as possible.
There are a number of working groups that residents can get involved with at HNZ and they are always looking for volunteers to help. If you think someone should do something about climate change, that someone could be you! Learn more about Hingham Net Zero and how you can be a part of a carbon-free future.
Energy Saving Tips
We cannot afford to waste electricity.
It is important to take steps to conserve electricity whenever possible, especially on the hottest and coldest days of the year when the grid may be facing excess demand and system stress. Customers don’t necessarily need to spend tons of money to cut their electricity costs. Weatherization, efficient appliances, and LED lighting are all excellent measures that can be implemented to reduce consumption, but simply turning off the lights or unplugging the toaster can also go a long way. In tandem with utilizing HMLP’s rebate programs and conservation services, check out our list of energy saving tips below that you can implement to reduce your day-to-day consumption and help HMLP address peak demand periods.
Turn it off when you’re done.
- Save your wallet and the light bulbs by turning off the lights when you leave a room.
- Unplug any appliances when they are not in use. For every item you unplug, that’s a little less energy being charged to your electric bill.
- Use electronic power strips for electronic equipment like computers and make sure to turn them off when you are not actively using those electronics.
- Exit out of any computer games or applications that may prevent your computer from going to sleep when you are not using it.
Complete routine maintenance checks.
- Replacing or cleaning the air filters on air conditioners lowers the system’s energy consumption. Try routinely checking the evaporator coil every spring.
- Pay attention to drafts in your home that are causing you to lose heat or AC. Seal up small air leaks, cracks, and openings with a calking gun.
- Check refrigerator door seals by closing the door over half a piece of paper or a dollar bill. If you can pull out the paper, the latch or seal may need to be adjusted.
- On natural gas appliances, the flames should be blue. If the flames are yellow, gas is burning inefficiently and an adjustment is needed by the manufacturer.
Think outside the box.
- Get some clothespins and try hang drying clothes on a line outside instead of running the dryer.
- Open up the windows for fresh air and a breeze that can naturally cool buildings without turning ACs on.
- Cook outside! Opt to use the grill instead of an indoor oven to consume less energy and avoid heating up the house.
- Let the sunlight in and switch off artificial lights during daylight hours.
- Landscaping can use up energy as well. Consider native plant species that work well in this climate and require less maintenance.
- Plants can also provide shading, helping to cool buildings and the air around them. Explore trees, shrubs, and groundcover plants that offer desired shading.
Keep the temperatures mild.
- In warmer weather, opt for a higher temperature setting on the thermostat and use alternative methods for cooling.
- If you know you are not going to be home, set your thermostat to be higher (or lower, depending on the season) and rack up energy savings.
- Reduce energy for water heating by reducing the water heater’s temperature and installing low-flow showerheads.
- Run the washer machine on a cooler setting instead of hot to reduce the energy it consumes.
- Set the temperature between 35-38 degrees Fahrenheit for refrigerators and 0 degrees Fahrenheit for stand-alone freezers for long-term storage.
- Move the kitchen faucet to a colder position whenever possible, especially when using small amounts of water.
Use it as efficiently as possible.
- Don’t run the dishwasher if it isn’t full! Wasted space in a dishwasher is wasted energy. Make sure to fill it up before running (do not overload either).
- Open up the dishwasher after the wash cycle and let the dishes air dry instead of using the dishwasher’s heated dry setting.
- Ovens are massive appliances that draw a lot of power. If you are using the oven, try cooking as many things as possible at the same time.
- Use small appliances instead of the large oven to reduce the heat produced in summer, like toasters, slow cookers, or microwave ovens.
- Cover pots and pans whenever possible to reduce the time needed to cook and thus the amount of energy consumed.
- Place the refrigerator away from the oven or dishwasher and out of direct sunlight so that it does not need to work harder to keep things cool.
- Keep the refrigerator door closed as much as possible to avoid energy loss.
- Make sure the clothes washer is full (not overloaded and not partially-full) when you do laundry to get the most out of the energy consumed.
- Use the appropriate water setting on clothes washers, especially if you are washing a small load.
Take advantage of energy conservation programs and services.
Help with energy conservation is a phone call away (1-888-772-4242). If you have questions concerning energy conservation, or if you simply have a concern about a specific end-use, such as an appliance, or conservation measure, such as insulation, our Energy Advisor service can assist. Simply call 1-888-772-4242. The call is free, so we encourage you to take advantage of this professional resource. This service is available Monday thru Friday, during business hours, and you will be able to speak with a highly trained — and totally objective — Energy Conservation Representative.
A Representative will assist with your energy questions or concerns and will be happy to send you information on energy conservation as well as additional tips on how to save energy. If you would like to participate in an energy audit of your residence, the Representative will coordinate that service on your behalf, as well. If requested, a state-certified Energy Advisor will visit your home and compile a comprehensive energy evaluation report. The report will identify the measures you could take to enhance the energy efficiency of your residence and, potentially, ways to reduce your energy costs. If you would like more information on our energy conservation initiatives, please call the Energy Hotline at: 1-888-772-4242.
For more information about Electrify Hingham or any of HMLP’s efficiency programs, please contact Brianna Bennett, Sustainability Coordinator, using the form below.