Overview

Energy is a critical resource that we rely on to go about our daily activities.  Our energy use and energy supply is unsustainable, and causes climate change and environmental degradation.  Innovations that allow us to use energy more efficiently, switch to cleaner, renewable fuel sources that can be stored will drastically improve the sustainability of our energy systems.

Cambridge has established a goal that at least 20% of all community electricity use will come from renewable energy sources by 2020.

MMBTU

Million British Thermal Units

Energy from different sources is measured in different ways – electricity is measured in kWh, natural gas in therms, oil in gallons. We often convert these different measures into million British Thermal Units (MMBTU) to better understand and compare total energy use.

Our Data & Goals
  • 5,195,163 M

    MMBTU

    2012

    Baseline
  • 1,039,033

    MMBTU

    2020

    Goal
Our Data & Goals
2012

Baseline

5,195,163 M

MMBTU
2020

Goal

1,039,033

MMBTU
Charts & Graphs

Natural gas is a critical fuel source for our community.

 

It’s not surprising that our community’s commercial, industrial and energy industries use the most fuel. What is interesting is that the energy we use to get from place to place is lower than what we use to operate our homes.

What This Chart Tells Us Right

Our commercial buildings, institutions and energy industries use 93% of all natural gas that comes into our City.

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How You Can Help

  • Reduce Energy Use In Your Own Home

    There are a lot of opportunities to reduce energy use in your own home, such as switching to LED lights, adding insulation, and buying an Energy Star water heater. MassSave has a lot of information on this topic. Check out this video to learn more about residential energy efficiency.

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  • Switch to Renewable Energy

    Check out The City of Cambridge community electricity aggregation to learn more.

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  • Consider An Electric Car

    Start driving electric- free yourself from dependence on fossil fuels!

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