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You’ve probably unknowingly been paying to get your home upgraded for energy efficiency for years. Several states require utilities to collect monthly fees from customers to pay for home energy audits, low-cost loans and weatherization. These programs play an instrumental role in reducing energy consumption in communities and postponing the need to build more power plants. Despite what many think, these programs and incentives aren’t limited to lower income households. The benefits are typically broadly available.
Renters should tell their landlords too: many incentives are specifically targeted at multi-residential buildings.
Since it’s your money, you might as well take advantage of it.
The Mass Save Program has been one of the most successful efficiency initiatives nationwide. We’ve helped out over 38,000 homeowners in our home state through the program. Qualified homeowners, which covers the majority of state homeowners, can obtain:
- A no-cost Home Energy Assessment
- No-cost, targeted air sealing
- Incentives that cover 75 percent of the first $2,000 of insulation work
- 0% interest rate loans of up to $25,000 for efficiency upgrades
- No-cost instant savings measures, such as compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and a 7-day programmable thermostat
Crystal Haynes, one of our customers, explains how she upgraded her home through Renew Boston and what she learned.
The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund through the Energize Connecticut initiative offers Home Energy Solutions, a residential in-home service providing professional energy assessments and weatherization improvements to help customers reduce their energy use and cost. As a participating contractor, Next Step Living offers this service which is administered by CL&P, UI and the natural gas companies. For a small investment ($75 for gas/electric, $99 for oil/propane), qualified customers may be eligible for the valuable energy saving services available in this program. The service may include:
- Blower door test for structural air leaks and corrective sealing.*
- Heating and cooling system ductwork test for air leaks and corrective sealing.*
- Install energy-efficient light bulbs.
- Hot water-saving devices.
- Rebates up to $500 for qualified Central A/C systems.
- Rebates totaling up to $150 for replacing certain inefficient appliances.
- Rebates for insulation and window upgrades.
- Energy efficiency, tips, tools and a review of work performed during service visit.
- Energy Specialist recommendations and financing options available to homeowners.
*Within program guidelines.
Stay tuned for information about programs in additional states.