Team Leader: Clough Toppan

Color Choices in LED Bulbs

Did you know you have a color choice in new LED bulbs? Efficiency Maine has an informative site that explains the difference between Soft white (yellowish to match an incandescent bulb), Bright white (more white), and Daylight (more blue)?

Steve Kahl at the SMMC Annual Meeting

To promote increased energy conservation and to encourage the use of alternative energy resources.

Sustain Mid Maine Coalition’s Energy Team brings together a community of experts dedicated to helping community members in the Kennebec Valley area understand and reduce their energy usage through smart, affordable energy efficiency upgrades. Our team also works to promote renewable and alternative energy sources through a variety of ongoing district and neighborhood projects.

Solarize Mid Maine Project

Sustain Mid Maine Coalition is going to sponsor and manage a Solarize Mid Maine project with the aim of reducing the cost of solar voltaic systems for residential and small businesses by arranging a bulk purchase agreement with one or two suppliers. We may also include heat pumps as part of this offering. This project is similar in nature to the successful Solarize Freeport project except we will incorporate a much larger area including Waterville, Winslow, Fairfield, Vassalboro, Benton, Clinton, Oakland, Unity and Belgrade but not necessarily limited to these towns.

There is no commitment at this time and there will be educational meetings over the next few months allowing interested homeowners and businesses to get a better idea of the typical financial outlay for a solar photovoltaic system.

Philip C. Hastings Award through Efficiency Maine for Leadership and Energy Efficiency

Home Energy Audits

Tired of wasting money on heating and cooling your home? Have questions, but don’t know where to start?

Through partnering with the municipalities of Waterville, Winslow, and Fairfield, we are happy to offer a no-cost home energy assessment and consultation.

What is an Energy Audit?

An energy audit is a diagnostic test that evaluates your home’s energy efficiency. Energy auditors use advanced tools like a blower door test and infrared camera to determine where your home is costing you energy and money through things like air leaks, inefficient appliances, and more. Energy audit reports offer options for efficiency improvements that are tailored to your home, and can include insulation installation, air sealing services, and other suggestions.

Our Energy Consultants

We have a team of 25 trained energy consultants. They are volunteer residents who have trained at KVCC (Kennebec Valley Community College) and with local energy auditors to understand home energy usage and how to assess a home and determine ways to save energy and money. Our team members come to your home and spend between 1 ½ and 2 hours assessing your home’s systems and building perimeter (or “building envelope”) to look for areas that may inadvertently be costing you money. At the end of the consult, we’ll help you decide the best next step for energy improvements on your home. These steps can include scheduling an energy audit, attending one of our educational programs, hiring a contractor for particular services, or making small, strategic energy upgrades on your own.

Audience at “Heating 101”

Alternative Energy & Conservation

We are dedicated to promoting alternative energy sources and educating the Kennebec Valley community about ways to save energy and utility money.


Renewable District Energy

Sustain Mid Maine is developing a community heating plan in the Waterville area. Our team has created thermal load maps that indicate energy usage across the community in an effort to come up with strategic ways to upgrade and conserve. In addition to advising municipalities on how to cut energy costs, we also work to implement smart district energy within communities, by advocating for the installation of solar farms, applying for energy grants, and more.

Vaughan Woodruff (Owner) of Insource Renewables of Pittsfield, ME educating the community on Renewable Heating during “Heating 101”

Check out Efficiency Maine’s virtual tour of an energy efficient home as a reference to see some of the topics our programs routinely cover.

Contact us today to learn more about our energy team’s current projects, and see how you can get involved! Please also consider making a donation.