Families Can Get a Free Home Energy Audit … Just in time for Earth Day!

Get a home energy assessment for Earth Day

Mass Save, the utility-funded no-cost home energy assessment program, has just added free air sealing to their services in eligible homes.

Air sealing (sealing unnecessary air leaks in attics and basements) is often the most effective measure in terms of improving a home’s energy efficiency. In an older home, all the small leaks can be equivalent to having a window wide open all winter long. It is also a measure that can be suitable for homeowners who have knob & tube — a major “roadblock” to adding insulation.

The free air sealing is offered in addition to:

  • 75% reduction (with utility contribution capped at $2,000) on recommended attic, wall and basement insulation
  • 0% interest loan for homeowners who qualify up to $15,000 for insulation, high-efficiency heating systems, windows and solar hot water systems

Spring is a good time to get an energy assessment, as residents will benefit from the free air sealing service and avoid waiting lists that grow longer as fall approaches!

Call Mass Save at 1-866-527-7283 to schedule your no-cost home energy assessment.

Happy Earth Day!

One Comment on “Families Can Get a Free Home Energy Audit … Just in time for Earth Day!

  1. Most homes can achieve 20% to 40% energy savings
    Free air sealing now available

    Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECO) and other gas and electric utility companies offer a no-cost energy assessment to residents through Mass Save, the statewide home energy efficiency program. As of April 1, 2010, in addition to the no-cost assessment, eligible homes will also receive free air sealing services.

    Air sealing is the measure most often recommended by energy specialists. In an older home, all the small leaks can add up to the equivalent of having a window open all winter long.

    “I often explain to customers that it’s like wearing a sweater without a wind breaker,” says Jenn Cranshaw, Mass Save energy specialist at the Center for Ecological Technology (CET), a non-profit organization that performs the energy assessments for WMECO customers. “Without an air barrier, your insulation will not be effective.” Insulation and air sealing work in tandem to keep your home warm in the winter – and cool in the summer.

    Trained air sealing technicians use materials such as caulk and foam to seal cracks and gaps in hard-to-reach areas, mostly in attics and crawlspaces. Technicians use a blower door, a high speed fan, and gauges to depressurize a house, determine leakiness and locate leaks. After air sealing is completed, technicians run the blower door again to determine the effectiveness of their work. This process also uncovers the rare instances when homes are too tight, in which case additional ventilation is recommended. Blower door tests are not conducted in homes where asbestos or vermiculite are present.

    A Mass Save home energy specialist will assess your home from basement to attic, noting air leaks and areas that need added insulation, in addition to testing heating systems and refrigerators for efficiency. At the conclusion of the assessment, the specialist will recommend cost-effective improvements that will make your home more comfortable and save money and energy. There are no income requirements to participate in Mass Save.

    If recommended, the air sealing will be performed at no cost to the homeowner. Additional incentives include a utility contribution of 75% up to $2,000 for recommended insulation upgrades. Homeowners can apply for a 0% interest loan to finance insulation and high-efficiency measures including heating and hot water systems, ENERGY STAR rated windows and solar hot water systems.

    Spring is a good time to schedule an energy assessment, because waiting lists grow as fall approaches. Customers will start saving energy right away, and any recommended air sealing and insulation work will be completed in time for the next heating season. The first step is to schedule a free home energy assessment by calling Mass Save at 1-800-666-3303. To learn more, visit http://www.masssave.com or for tips on saving money and energy, visit http://www.wmeco.com.

    CET is a non-profit organization working in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste management and environmental education. CET provides practical solutions that make sense for our community, economy and environment. CET is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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