Tad Montgomery, Principal
Tad Montgomery is the founder and principal of Home Energy Advocates. He has worked in the fields of renewable energy and building energy conservation since 1981. Tad has an M.S. in Environmental Systems Analysis (ABD) with a focus on environmental engineering applications to energy and water systems. Tad founded Home Energy Advocates in order to provide the missing link between homeowners' desire to reduce energy bills and their lack of understanding of how to proceed.
Green & Natural Building Experience
Tad Montgomery has been professionally involved with green and natural building for almost three decades. He has studies building science and renewable energy technologies for the home since 1985. He consulted on green and energy-efficient aspects of the new Brattleboro Food Cooperative in order to help the Coop to reach its goal of becoming ‘an environmentally regenerative business' and was hired as a consultant on a green YMCA building project in Scarborough, Maine. For that project he wrote a 22-page report recommending 13 green building options. Tad has been invited to lecture at the East Coast Natural Building Colloquium three times and is trained in home weatherization & insulation, net-zero energy buildings, high performance building design and timber frame construction. Tad is a member of the Building Science Learning Circle of Southern Vermont and an avid reader of Environmental Building News and Green Building Advisor, two leading publications in the green & energy efficient building industry.
Tad founded the Pioneer Valley Biodiesel Cooperative in Greenfield, Massachusetts, now moving ahead under the name Northeast Power to develop a 1.25 million gallon-per-year biodiesel production facility with waste vegetable oil as the feedstock. As part of that project Tad was primary author and editor of a white paper entitled Proposal for a Biodiesel Production Facility in the Pioneer Valley and submitted to U.S. Congressman John Olver. This white paper was used to seek a $1,200,000 appropriation from the Water and Energy Committee of the U.S. Congress.
After moving to Vermont, Tad co-founded the Brattleboro Area Biofuels Cooperative, built a small biofuel processing facility in Saxtons River, and co-founded a start-up biofuels company called EcoFuels, LLC.
Tad converted his car to run on biofuels in 1999, both biodiesel and processed vegetable oil, and has been running it that way ever since. He has achieved net miles-per-gallon of petroleum ranging from 355 - 950 mpg. His home boiler has also been converted to run on biodiesel, which has an 85% lesser effect on climate change than heating oil.
In 2001 Tad co-founded the first peak oil group in the region – the Karl Davies Energy Resources Task Force, based in Northampton, MA. In 2004 the task force gave a presentation to the Massachusetts state legislature. After moving to Vermont Tad co-founded Post Oil Solutions. He has lectured on the subject locally, regionally and internationally.
Initiatives, Publications & Achievements
A partial list of projects, training and published writing relating to energy, in a loose chronological order:
For information about Tad Montgomery's work in other fields, visit: http://TadMontgomery.com