What is ener-G-save?
ener-G-save is a philanthropically funded energy efficiency pilot project in the Pioneer Valley. It is the brainchild of Harold Grinspoon, a Springfield philanthropist who for more than 2 decades has supported varied educational initiatives, young entrepreneurs, and regional farmers. More on Harold Grinspoon and his work here.
ener-G-save sees local energy conservation projects as an important lever to help people spend less on utilities, creating local jobs, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
When Harold learned about a newly-developed thermal imaging technology that can identify energy leaks quickly and cost effectively, he founded the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation Energy LLC, and decided to make its first project the use of thermal imaging technology to educate and inspire Pioneer Valley home owners to reduce energy use.
The Foundation hired Essess, a Massachusetts company founded by MIT scientists, to collect thermal imaging data on 100,000 homes in the Pioneer Valley, using cars with roof-mounted thermal imaging cameras.
Essess then analyzed the data collected to determine which Pioneer Valley homes stand to benefit the most from energy saving retrofits, such as insulating walls and attics, air sealing windows, doors, foundations, and soffits, and replacing old heating and cooling equipment.
In partnership with 10 Pioneer Valley towns, the foundation sends individualized letters to those homeowners whose homes were identified as the most promising for energy efficiency improvements. These letters include the thermal image of each homeowners house.
Regardless of whether an image was taken of your home or not, through a one stop hotline (413-279 9141) or by filling out our online form, ener-G-save will also help all homeowners access pre-screened contractors and financial incentives through utility and state programs to determine which kind of work and which financial help makes the most sense in each particular case, making it as easy as possible to follow through on good intentions!