Green Features at Wachusett Meadow

Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary is doing its part to leave a lighter footprint on the environment by utilizing green technology.

Conserving Energy

  • Energy and lighting audit completed and recommendations implemented
  • Second energy audit performed to capture additional energy conservation measures
  • Additional insulation has been installed and the buildings have been airsealed
  • All incandescent light bulbs have been replaced with LED light bulbs
  • High efficiency furnace installed
  • Refrigerators have been replaced with EnergyStar models
  • Replaced computer monitors with energy-efficient monitors
  • Duct work resized to run more efficiently
  • Programmable thermostats installed
  • Electric-powered property management equipment purchased and in use
  • Recycling program

Buying Electricity Generated from Renewable Sources

  • 100% green electricity purchased from Green Energy Consumers Alliance (New England Wind product) for all electricity not produced on site

Generating Renewable Energy

Electric Vehicle Charging Station

  • Two Level 2 J1772 connector plugs that are compatible with all makes and models of EV (Tesla owners may need to use an adapter to connect their vehicle).
  • Each plug provides about 25 miles for every hour of charging time
  • Free (donation requested)

Conserving Water

  • Dishwasher and clothes washer replaced with EnergyStar/WaterSense appliances
  • Water bottle filling station installed to reduce the use of plastic water bottles
  • 4 low-flow toilets installed
  • 2 dual-flush toilets installed
  • Low-flow showerhead installed in residence

Enhancing Energy Education

  • Interpretation of energy and water conservation features and photovoltaic array
  • Photovoltaic array electricity production on internet in real time