ener-G-save is entering its second year….

Agawam, August 21st, 2018 Ener-G-save, a project funded by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, is entering its second year of community outreach to assist homeowners in Pioneer Valley in taking advantage of generous utility programs for energy efficiency. Massachusetts is a leader in the nation as far as energy efficiency is concerned; yet there remains a lot to be done. “Since we all pay for the utilities’ energy efficiency programs through a surcharge on our bills, it only makes sense to utilize them to their fullest extent for each and every eligible home,” says Susan Olshuff, who will be managing the outreach efforts in the coming year. Homeowners can call the ener-G-save hotline right now at 413-279-9141 to line up their free assessment.   “Last year, we focused on homeowners in 10 towns in Pioneer Valley, kicking off the project by taking thermal images of homes on a large scale. The response from towns, grassroots organizations, faith groups, and businesses was so positive that our...
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Button Up Northampton 2.0

Join us in making a difference: Following in the footsteps of the successful HEATSMART and SOLARIZE programs, volunteers of Mothers Out Front and Climate Action Now are partnering with ener-G-save throughout the spring and summer to encourage homeowners in Northampton to both save money and help their town meet its 100% renewable energy goal as soon as possible.     Volunteers have begun to go door to door to Survey residents’ interest in energy conservation and efficiency Decrease the use of fossil fuels for home heating, and thereby Reduce energy bills for Northampton families and  Cut greenhouse gas emissions and reduce air pollution. BUN. 2.0 will focus on single family homes as well as 2-4 family occupancy buildings. Data gathered in the surveys will allow BUN. 2.0 to help households pursue their desired energy saving goals and help Northampton fulfill its recent resolution to rely on 100% renewables for its energy needs. “Reducing energy use remains the cheapest and most easily accessible path to fulfill this Resolution,”...
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Springfield Leads

The city of Springfield has been embracing ener-G-save as part of its Climate Action Resilience Plan (CARP) Here is ener-G-save in their latest newsletter: Springfield Newsletter...
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A New Opportunity For Homeowners

The Department of Energy Resources launched a new pilot program for energy efficiency which gives qualifying homeowners a larger range of options than existing programs. Here is The new Home Value Performance Pilot Program introduced by our partner The Energy Store ...
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The Mystery of Energy Efficiency

Would you put money into a savings account and never withdraw it? That’s actually similar to what most Massachusetts utility customers end up doing when it comes to paying their electricity bill. Here is the scoop: Not that long ago, I was having my home insulated and it seemed miraculous that out of a $5,000 job, all I had to pay was less than $1100.  On top of that, I got about 20 free LED bulbs that are reducing my electricity bill noticeably. I found myself marveling about these incentives to a friend: “The utility companies seem to be shelling out thousands of dollars to their customers. There seems to be lots of money in Massachusetts for energy efficiency.” The reply came quickly: “Well, it’s really not a miracle. The state makes sure that the utilities add a surcharge on every household’s electric bill and that money is handed back to customers in the form of energy efficiency audits and improvements or assistance...
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Ready for winter?

Feeling the chill in the air? Putting away the lawn furniture? Is your home ready for winter? As the days get shorter, we might find ourselves thinking about the coming cold months, dreading that drafty bathroom, worrying about high energy bills, and wondering what all that energy usage is doing to the planet. We know we should do something like get an energy audit, but we also have to get the kids new school shoes, put the kiddie pool away, and get the snow blower into the repair shop. Before we know it, autumn leaves will have turned into winter snow. Yikes. You may soon receive an envelope in the mail from ener-G-save, a philanthropic project of the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation. It includes a thermal photo of your home and shows how much energy and money you’re wasting through roof, walls, or other spots. Too busy to do anything about this? Think you don’t have money to spend on this? Read...
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