Education & Resources
National Grid’s Sustainability Hub provides educational resources about energy efficiency, sustainable practices, climate change and renewable technologies for National Grid’s customers and the community at large. It's important that we understand how the climate is changing and the tools we have at our disposal so that we can better prepare for the future.
From easy-to-swap lighting and controls to fully integrated energy plans, our solutions can not only lower utility bills, but can help you achieve better results with everything from increased productivity to higher employee recruitment and retention rates.
Services and Rebates
Home Energy Saving Tips
- Ways to Start Saving Today
Recognizing that many of us are spending more time at home, we’ve created a comprehensive list of easy ways for you to cut your energy costs by making your home more energy efficient.
- Heating and Cooling
Both heating and cooling can have a big impact on your comfort—and your budget. Discover how to make them work better in your home.
- Insulation and Air Sealing
To save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs, make sure all ceilings, roofs, exterior walls, and wall cavities are adequately insulated.
- Water Heating and Conservation
Conserve water and lower your energy bills with water heater upgrades and low-flow showerheads.
Business Energy Saving Programs
Keeping your workplace warm and comfortable can mean huge heating bills, especially in the winter months. We offer payment plans for budgeting all year round, as well as rebates and incentives on energy-efficient heating technology.
Saving energy is not only for the winter months. During the summer, outdated air conditioning and poor sealing and insulation can waste energy, resulting in hefty electricity bills.
Lighting can make up 50 percent of a commercial building’s energy bill, but it is also one of the easiest things to change. LED and CFL light bulbs use 75 percent less energy, saving up to $200 for every five bulbs replaced.
Managing the energy needs of a big facility can be a daunting prospect. We routinely work with commercial, industrial, and municipal customers to reduce energy costs on a large scale.
Enhance the culinary experience and your bottom line. By replacing or adding energy-efficient equipment, you can improve performance and cut costs 10 to 30 percent.
- Electric Vehicle Charging
Partner with us to: install Level 2 or direct current fast charging (“DCFC”) stations or participate in a fleet electrification study.
- Special Equipment
Energy efficiency is not just about lighting, heating, and insulation. It’s about making your business equipment run leaner, greener, and smarter.
- Connected Solutions
We are committed to reducing peak electric demand on our system, and we need your help. Please join our Connected Solutions demand response program. By reducing electric use on request during periods of high energy demand, we can reduce emissions, infrastructure costs and utility prices.
Are you planning any home improvement projects … even something small like planting a tree, installing a fence, deck or a mailbox? Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, a safe job starts with a call to DigSafe at 811. Homeowners often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked, but every digging job requires a call – even small projects!
It is a risk to make faulty assumptions about when to notify DigSafe. That is why most states require you to notify DigSafe before you dig. The depths of utility lines vary, and there may be multiple utility lines in a common area.
Knowing where underground utility lines are buried before you dig can potentially avert tragedy. Remember to:
- Pre-mark where you plan to dig.
- Call 811 with location information.
- Wait for local utility representatives to respond to mark their lines within the pre-marked area.
- Maintain the marks during the project, if marks are compromised for any reason call 811 again.
The MassSave program can help just about everyone in Massachusetts save money on energy bills, including homeowners, renters, landlords, businesses and schools. It offers incentives on energy efficient appliances, including Energy Star-certified appliances, as well as free energy assessments, courtesy of a certified energy specialist. MassSave also provides a series of rebates, discounts, and loans for energy efficient products in Massachusetts homes and business.
- Residential Rebates and Incentives
Rebates for appliances, heating systems and more
- No-Cost Energy Assessments
Better energy efficiency = greater savings + improved comfort
- Income Based Offers
Based on your household income, find out if you are eligible for no-cost or discounted energy efficiency services.
- No-Cost Home Energy Assessments for Renters (1-4 Units)
Rebates, incentives, and special offers can add up to big savings.
- Residential Renovations and Additions
Incentives for upgrading single-family or multi-family homes (3 stories or less)
- Rebates and Incentives for Multi-Family Properties (5+ Units)
Own or manage a property with five or more units? Take advantage of this special money-saving opportunity.
- Residential High-Rise New Construction Incentives and Rebates
For multi-family buildings (4 stories or more)
- Passive House Incentives
Take Energy Efficiency to a New Level
- Business Rebates & Incentives
Energy efficiency aligned to business objectives.
- Services and Financing
Services and Expertise to Improve Energy Performance
Climate Change is the defining issue of our time and we are at a defining moment. From shifting weather patterns that threaten food production, to rising sea levels that increase the risk of catastrophic flooding, the impacts of climate change are global in scope and unprecedented in scale. Without drastic action today, adapting to these impacts in the future will be more difficult and costly.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change.
We know that helping society to decarbonize is the biggest contribution we can make to the environment. As an infrastructure business, our day-to-day activities also result in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We know that we can save money and help combat climate change by reducing our GHG emissions. This will strengthen our company by reducing costs and making our business fit for the future.
In Our Contribution, we set ourselves a target to reduce our emissions by 80% by 2050, and 45% by 2020, from a 1990 baseline. We have far exceeded our 2020 target, reducing our emissions by 70% already.
This has been achieved through a range of initiatives across the UK and US business, backed up by specific internal targets. We have applied carbon pricing to our investment decisions and reduced the carbon intensity from our construction schemes. Other emission reduction activities include programs to replace leaking gas pipes, modernizing the electricity transmission infrastructure to reduce energy losses, and increasing the energy efficiency of the consumer energy use in the US.
Next steps and our Responsible Business Charter
We are proud of what we have achieved to date, but there is much more we can do. We believe we have a responsibility to lead the way and help drive emissions down across the energy sector. That is why, after reviewing our emissions targets, we have decided to further our commitments and ambitions in our Responsible Business Charter, with a target to achieve net zero by 2050, alongside interim targets of reducing our footprint by 80% by 2030 and 90% by 2040, from a 1990 baseline.
In the UK, our Electricity Transmission business has set a target to achieve carbon neutral construction by 2026 on all projects, whilst Gas Transmission are applying this to all major projects. The Electricity System Operator has also committed to be able to fully operate Great Britain’s electricity system with zero carbon by 2025.
In the US, all our major projects utilize carbon pricing in the evaluation of alternative options. In 2021 we will be developing a baseline carbon intensity for such projects, with the aim of setting reduction targets beginning in 2022. See our Responsible Business Charter for the commitments that will help us achieve net zero.
This will require some big engineering and strategic changes. We have set a number of global emissions targets to address some key areas, including insulating gases (SF6), our operational fleet, office energy use, business air travel and emissions from the electricity and gas we sell to our customers. We will continue to implement carbon pricing on our investment decisions and continuously review our performance across the business.
Renewable energy is energy from sources that are naturally replenishing but flow-limited; renewable resources are virtually inexhaustible in duration but limited in the amount of energy that is available per unit of time. Renewable energy can play an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Using renewable energy can reduce the use of fossil fuels, which are the largest sources of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that U.S. renewable energy consumption will continue to increase through 2050.
Find out more information on Sources of Renewable Energy.