Frequently Asked Questions
Who can participate in the ener-G-save project?
Anyone who owns a home in Pioneer Valley and Berkshire County and has an account with the public utilities can contact ener-G-save. If your town has a municipal utility, the situation is more complicated, but a new and exciting program from the Department of Energy Resources might be just right for you
If you are currently on fuel assistance, we’ll point you in the right direction.
What is the relationship between ener-G-save and State-wide utility programs?
ener-G-save helps you navigate the process of accessing the state’s and utility companies’ programs. All contractors with whom ener-G-save works are certified and trained by these programs, and all benefits offered come from these programs. Furthermore, if you have exhausted the offers available through them, we can work with you to go further, all the way to using 100% renewable energy for your needs.
Is taxpayer money being spent on the ener-G-save project?
ener-G-save is financed entirely by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation Energy, LLC. Ener-G-save is not selling you anything or promoting any products. Ener-G-save only exists to help you with the process of obtaining your free energy assessment, incentives, and insulation as simply and quickly as possible.
My budget is tight. I’m afraid I can’t afford to make improvements on my home. Can you help?
Yes, depending on where you live, we can point you toward free services, incentives, rebates, and interest-free loans that are available from town or state programs and/or your local utility to help finance energy efficiency measures in your home.
I live in a multi-family apartment. Can I participate in the program?
Primarily, we are focusing on single-family homes. That said, if you live in a rental with 1-4 units, you are eligible for a free energy assessment with the cooperation of your landlord in the generous incentives being offered to her or him (up to 90% of insulation cost). They might be surprised and willing to work with you on making your unit more comfortable and save you money, while making the home more valuable.
I’m a commercial building owner in Pioneer Valley. Is my building eligible for the program?
We are currently focusing on residential properties. For information on making your commercial property more energy efficient click here.
How do I know this isn’t just a big marketing gimmick for contractors that do energy audits and retrofitting?
Harold Grinspoon launched this pilot project because he was inspired to inform and educate homeowners to make changes that benefit them. While we do connect homeowners to contractors who specialize in energy retrofit services, our goal is to help you save energy and money on your utility bills—and to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions. Home energy use is responsible for 17% of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, so reducing residential energy use will not only benefit your local contractor doing the work and your wallet—but the planet. It is truly a win-win-win, for homeowners, job creation, cities and towns, and the earth.
I’d like to be in touch with you. Is there a way I can reach you through this website?
Yes! click here