Making your home more energy efficient not only increases your comfort, but also puts money back in your wallet. There are many ways to increase your home’s energy efficiency, ranging from at-home methods to professional help. A home energy assessment by a trained professional will help you find the best ways to reduce your drafts or add insulation. You can also try any number of at-home instant saving measures or weatherization that will reduce your energy consumption today. Either way, energy efficiency in homes is a quick and easy way to be environmentally friendly while reducing your bills.
How can I make my home more energy efficient today for instant savings?
- Turn off lights whenever you’re not in the room.
- Install a power strip to turn off all of your unused electronics.
- Hang your clothes outside and let the sun and air dry your clothes for free.
- Wash your clothes in cold water.
- Add a timer in your shower to help you take shorter showers.
- Install low flow water fixtures to instantly reduce your water consumption.
- Shop for energy efficient products and save with CET! You can purchase energy efficient lighting at our EcoBuilding Bargains store in Springfield.
What can I do to help protect my home from the cold weather?
Weatherize your home! Weatherization is a process that will protect your house from the outside elements, like snow, rain and the cold weather. A home energy assessment will identify the best ways to weatherize your home, but there are many DIY, at-home methods for weatherizing your home that are cost efficient and effective.
Items that you can purchase at a hardware store to help you include: caulk, foam sealant, weatherstrip cords, and window insulation kits. Items like these help keep the warm air into your house and prevent it from leaking out in the winter.
How do I know if I need a home energy assessment?
You can visit Mass Save to take a no-cost online home energy assessment that helps assess whether your home is a good candidate for an in-home assessment and/or give you more information on how you’re currently using energy.
However, if any of the below apply to you, yo u should consider getting an in-home assessment:
- Do you need insulation in your attic or walls?
- Is your home drafty?
- Do you have old, inefficient heating and/or hot water equipment?
- Have you installed a programmable thermostat? Or need help with settings?
- Have you changed your lights to compact fluorescent lamps (cfls) or LED bulbs?
- Do you have an old, inefficient refrigerator or air conditioner?
How can I get a no-cost home energy assessment?
Nearly all Massachusetts residents are eligible for a no-cost home energy assessment through Mass Save. The home energy assessment is conducted by a trained professional who will create a custom report with recommendations on how to improve your home’s efficiency. Mass Save also provides you with financial rebates and incentives for other efficiency improvements, including heating and cooling systems.
What can I get from Mass Save?
At a home energy assessment, not only do you receive a custom report, but you also get energy saving products installed at no cost. These products include LED light bulbs, advanced power strips, low-flow showerheads, and programmable thermostats. Wifi thermostats are also available at a reduced cost. Other efficiency products are also available at a lower cost through Mass Save.
After the assessment, Mass Save also incentivizes the work that you may need to get done. This includes a Heat Loan with 0% financing up to $25,000 as well as 75 to 100% off insulation work.