Town of Hampton

Green Energy Committee

The Hampton Green Energy Committee is looking for new members.

Please contact Kate Donnelly at kate@donnellycolt.com or 860.604.4846.

Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month.


The installed grant-funded 120-kilowatt solar system, coupled with the previously installed 9kw system, will provide all the electicity needed for our school, substantially reducing the town's annual electricity costs.

Dear Hampton Resident,                                                                                  

The Hampton Green Energy Committee received a Lee Sawyer Community Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant from the RecycleCT Foundation to encourage and increase composting in Hampton. We are working with Hampton Elementary School, the Scouts, and other groups to provide information about composting to residents. The grant allows us to subsidize  compost bins and kitchen buckets for residents. 

 

We are offering Enviro World’s large capacity outdoor composting bins made from 100% recycled materials for $45 and kitchen bins for $5. We’re able to offer these low prices because of the grant subsidy and because we are working with the towns of Mansfield and Windham to buy in bulk to bring pricing down. Place your order before April 16, either online at  https://enviroworld.us/hamptonct. Bins will be distributed on Saturday, April 30 (tentative date).  If you have ever considered composting but just haven’t done it yet, need to replace an old bin, or add another bin, this is a great time to do it.

 

Why composting? Because it is easy to do, saves money, and is good for the earth.  Did you know that food waste accounts for a third of household trash and can be redirected from landfills reducing their methane emissions which significantly contribute to the climate crisis? It costs you and Hampton money to dispose of food waste when it is brought to the transfer station. The solution is simple and you will gain free fertilizer for your garden, enrich your soil and cut down on smelly trash.

 

The Green Energy Committee is looking for new members. We meet the second Wednesday of the month at 7 pm. We’ll be zooming our meetings until we can safely return to meeting in Town Hall. Please call or email Kate at 860 604-4846, kate@donnellycolt.com. Check the town calendar or Green Energy committee page on the Hampton.org website for composting and other workshops or webinars in the Spring. 

 

Looking forward to a beautiful Spring in Hampton,

 

The Hampton Green Energy Committee

Roger Dionne               Kate Donnelly, chair                 Maryellen Donnelly

Ev Hyde                        Jon Matcheson                         Revell Sandberg-Diment

The Hampton Green Energy Committee was established by the Board of Selectmen in January 2010.  Its charge is to study and recommend an energy savings/ green energy plan for the Town of Hampton.  Since then, the Committee has been instrumental in conducting energy audits for all municipal buildings, followed by significant energy savings at Town Hall, Hampton Elementary School and the Firehouse.  Through the Committee's outreach efforts such as an Energy Fair, the Solarize Campaign, and additional informational activities, the community has learned of opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and businesses. 

For an update on specific activities, click HERE.

 

Some of the many examples of Hampton homes with alternative energy sources. Clockwise from top left: Ed Adelman & Elizabeth Lindorff; Beverly & Mark Davis; Ellen Embardo & Larry Goodheart; Maurice & Rose Bisson  
 
The following links provide information about clean energy generation, conservation and financing as well as specific Hampton initiatives.
Launched in 2012, Energize Connecticut is the public face of programs and services that help Connecticut residents, businesses and municipal customers save money and use clean energy. EnergizCT partners with the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF) the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)  The Connecticut Green Bank, and your local electric and gas utilities with funding from a charge on customer energy bills.
 
 
For Residents:  Energize Connectiut provides the following information: *
  • Solutions. Here are some specific suggestions to benefit from clean energy sources.  For example:  Energy Assessments; Heating, Cooling & Hot Water; Lighting, Appliances & Electronics; Rebates; Financing; Renewable Energy Options; and Building, Renovating or Buying a New Home.
  • Smart Energy Tips. Detailed tips on how to reduce energy use.
  • Forms and Helpful Documents.  Find application forms, qualifying equipment lists and other resources you need to participate in energy efficiency and renewable energy programs through Energize Connecticut. 
  • Find a Professional.  Using an online search tool, you can find suggestions for contractors, lenders, lessors, distributors, or retailers that will assist you in finding, financing or installing clean energy products and services.
  • Find a lender. Another search tool assists in searching for specific types of financing.
  • Choosing Your Supplier.  Here you will find a list of electricity suppliers sanctioned by the state's Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA).  The site lists each utility's standard service generation rate and your cost per month based on 750kWh/ month for a residential customer.  You will also find current offers, average costs, and savings.  

*For businesses, municipal governments, and non- profits, Energize Connecticut provides similar information.

 
Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA)  PURA regulates regulates the rates  & services of Connecticut's investor owned electricity, natural gas, water and telecommunication companies. 
Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) (DEEP) is charged with conserving, improving and protecting the natural resources and environment of the state of Connecticut as well as making cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy available for the people and business of the state.
CT Green Building Council This site allows you to explore educational opportunities promoted by a non-profit organization dedicated to energy efficient design and building.
 National Renewable Energy Laboratory This federal laboratory site provides research about renewable energy and energy efficiency, research application and commercial development.
 
Kate Donnelly

Chair

Term End: 01/01/2024
Maryellen Donnelly

Secretary

Term End: 01/01/2024
Everett Hyde

Member

Term End: 01/01/2024
John Matcheson

Member

Term End: 12/02/2023
Revell Sanberg-Diment

Alternate

Term End: 01/01/2024
Roger Dionne

Member

Term End: 12/31/2024