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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Northampton launches HeatSmart program and partners with ener-G-save

Our partner town Northampton is about to launch a new program promoting high efficiency, state-of-the-art air source heat pumps to its residents. Based on their very successful Solarize Program a few years ago, the town will spread the word about this new technology through neighborhood outreach and hopefully install it in many homes. These heat pumps can both cool and heat more cheaply than oil or propane and in some cases even more cheaply than gas. It goes without saying that if your house is optimally insulated, a heat pump is even more efficient and can be sized smaller. More towns are looking into this state subsidized program, so keep an eye out.    ...
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Press Release:  April, 2017: Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation Energy LLC initiates energy efficiency pilot program in the Pioneer Valley

PRESS RELEASE, April, 2017: The newly founded Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation Energy LLC just completed thermo-imaging 100,000 single family homes in the Pioneer Valley. If you have noticed a strange vehicle with a camera on the roof driving slowly through the streets in the middle of the night, it wasn’t an invasion of some kind! The car, loaded with high-tech imaging devices, was measuring how much heat is being lost from the envelopes of our building stock. This kind of thermal imaging is a non-invasive way that respects privacy and reveals the spots where a home allows heat (or, in the summer, cool air) to escape. This data will now be analyzed by sophisticated software developed at MIT. Starting in May, the foundation will collaborate with 10 valley towns to determine the best way to deliver 25000 reports to those homeowners, who have the greatest potential for energy savings. Along with a detailed thermal image of their home, they will receive information...
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