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    Arlington seeks volunteer to lead energy efficiency effort

    Arlington is seeking a volunteer coach for a program the town hopes to undertake to make energy efficient heating and cooling more affordable to homeowners.

    HeatSmart Arlington would promote air source heat pumps and possibly other green energy equipment such as geothermal heat pumps, rooftop solar systems, and central wood pellet boilers. The effort would involve recruiting residents interested in having the selected systems installed, and grouping them to take advantage of bulk discounts.

    The town needs to secure state funds to publicize the initiative, and in order to be eligible for a grant it needs to recruit a coach. Town officials said the coach would work with other volunteers on outreach, with help from local energy experts. Once a coach is identified, the town would apply to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center for the grant. Up to $1,000 of the funding could be provided to the coach as a stipend.

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    Those interested can e-mail Ken Pruitt, the town’s energy manager, at kpruitt@town.arlington.ma.us, by Tuesday, Aug. 28. Visit arlingtonma.gov/energy.

    John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.