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Green-Rainbow Friends For Scott Laugenour
Holley A. Linscott, Treasurer
PO Box 612
Lenox, MA 01240-0612
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LAUGENOUR PROMOTES ENERGY CONSERVATION
- Makes public his household's energy consumption
- Sets a measurable example of leadership and conservation
- Encourages tax programs that establish benchmarks and reward conservation


Contact:
Friends for Scott Laugenour
Kalin Jordan, Campaign Manager
hq@scottlaugenour.org
413 551 9222 / www.scottlaugenour.org

October 30, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Lee Scott Laugenour calls for new debate, legislation, and policies to encourage energy conservation, noting the scientific consensus that carbon and methane emissions related to energy use are feeding and accelerating harmful climate change. Laugenour is the Green-Rainbow Party candidate for State Representative in the 4th Berkshire District.

"I have long believed that conservation is an alternative energy that should be encouraged through incentives just as wind, solar, and hydro developments should be," Laugenour said.

Laugenour and his husband, Mark Woodward, released their household's annual energy consumption today, using the most recent readings available. Their consumption is well below available averages for similar households. They reside in a 1724 sq ft two-story colonial home in Lenox built in 1900. They share a 2007 Prius, which averages 46 mpg. They have had two MassSave energy audits in the last three years.

Annual Consumption of the Laugenour/Woodward household:

•Electricity – 2656 kw/h
•Natural Gas – 52 therms
•Heating Oil – 380 gallons
•Water – 31,000 gallons
•Gasoline – 252 gallons

“National Grid does a good job of creating energy reports that compare a household's electricity usage against 100 similar households. Our household consistently is placed in the bottom 20th percentile of homes, meaning Mark and I consume less than 80% of similar households. I would like to work with other private and public utility enterprises to craft similar reports to help measure and benchmark conservation initiatives.”

The Lenox Environment Committee, on which Laugenour served, began discussions last year on ways that the town could offer conservation incentives via the property tax. Energy committees in other communities in the 4th Berkshire District have had similar conversations.

“I will take the lead in promoting legislation on Beacon Hill that empowers municipalities to use local tax mechanisms in order to be more innovative in measurably decreasing climate-warming emissions,” Laugenour said.

“I envision a system that would reward year over year reductions as much if not more than it would reward actual levels of low consumption. I look forward to working with municipalities and members of the public to help them make meaningful progress in conservation.”

Laugenour is in a two-way race against incumbent Democrat Smitty Pignatelli, which will be decided next week.

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