Your First Step Towards an Energy-Efficient House
Is a Home Energy Assessment for You?
If you live in a single-family home or a building or condo development with four or fewer units and answer “yes” to any of these questions, you should have your home evaluated by a Next Step Living® energy advisor:
- Do you want to make your home more comfortable?
- Do you want to lower your utility costs?
- Do you want to make your home more environmentally friendly?
What You Should Know About a Home Energy Assessment.
A home energy assessment (HEA) gives you a thorough overview of how you could make your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter while shrinking your monthly utility bill and your carbon footprint.
An assessment takes two to three hours of your time and leaves you with an action plan of recommended next steps that could lead to years of benefits. Some recommendations you can even implement on the spot, at the end of your visit.
Assessments include, for example, a combustion safety test. That’s done to make sure that all combustion appliances like your furnace, boiler and water heater are operating safely, at rated efficiency levels and with no buildup of excessive carbon monoxide while they’re being used.
If you’re an NSTAR, National Grid or Columbia Gas customer living in a building with four or fewer units, you may be eligible for a no-cost home energy assessment through the Mass Save® Home Energy Services Program.
Don’t wait to get started. Schedule an assessment now.
An HEA and the Next Step Living Difference.
All Next Step Living energy advisors complete five weeks of training that includes classes in building science and coursework for Building Performance Institute certification.
Many advisors are LEED-certified or former architects. All undergo background checks.
Next Step Living is a utility-approved home performance contractor.
The Impact of an HEA.
By completing a home energy assessment, you may be eligible for various incentives offered by your utility company such as:
- No-cost targeted air sealing
- 75 percent off (up to $2,000) for insulation work
- Zero-interest HEAT loan for up to $25,000 that can be used to finance qualified energy home improvements such as ductless mini splits, high-efficiency heating and cooling systems and high-efficiency windows
- Various rebates on purchases of energy-efficient heating, cooling and hot-water equipment
Also, depending on which instant savings measures you implement, you could start saving 5 percent to 15 percent on your heating and cooling bill right away.