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Check Out Mass Save Tips

When was the last time that you had an energy efficiency test on your home?  Especially if you live in an older home, this is something you should do and its free thanks to your local utility company.   In Billerica and surrounding towns that would be National Grid.

Check out this link to Mass Save’s tip on saving 75% or up to $2000 on insulating your home.  As they say, don’t wait til fall to take on this project.


Joan Parcewski   Woods Real Estate (Billerica)    978-376-3978

0% Loan to Help Reduced Your Carbon Footprint

Don’t miss an opportunity to reduce your carbon footprint.  It saves you money and helps the environment – a win for all!

The following is a reprint from the Boston Globe (Staffer Chris Reidy) – appeared originally on June 27, 2012

More residents are taking out Masss Save zero-percent heat loans

The recent heat wave did not slow down applications for the Mass Save zero-percent heat loan program that helps defray costs for local home owners looking to shrink their carbon footprints, said Conservation Services Group, a national energy services company headquartered in Westborough.

In May, Massachusetts residents took out about $3.6 million worth of Mass Save loans, up from $1.24 million for the same month a year ago, Conservation Services Group said. Among the reasons for the increase: Word of mouth has increased awareness of the program along with ongoing marketing efforts for Mass Save.

The Mass Save loan program was launched in 2006 by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources as a way to help overcome the cost barrier to adopting energy saving upgrades. The loans are designed to help Massachusetts residents pay for energy efficiency upgrades to their homes. Residents can apply for these loans through the utilities that provide them with gas and electricity.

(Conservation Services Group counts NStar and National Grid as among the utility companies that make up its clients. Conservation Services Group implements the Mass Save program for National Grid and NStar.)

In some cases, National Grid or NStar will include a mention of conservation rebate measures in the monthly bills it sends out to residents. If a resident expresses interest, he or she can line up a home energy audit. The audit is conducted by Conservation Services Group, which then makes recommendations and helps the resident apply for a loan with a regional bank or credit union that is a participant in the heat-loan program.

Improvements covered by the loans include upgrades to a home’s insulation, heating system, and air conditioning system.

In a statement, Conservation Services Group chief executive Stephen Cowell said: “The Mass Save Heat loan initiative is one of the most successful programs of its kind. In fact, 2011 may have been the single largest year for residential energy efficiency financing in the nation – ever. And we’re well on our way to another successful year.” – Have You Done Your Free Energy Assessment

As a realtor I always suggest to a buyer that they do an energy assessment of their home as soon as possible after closing. 

According to their website MassSave (, “Mass Save® is an initiative sponsored by Massachusetts’ gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers, including Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, The Berkshire Gas Company, Cape Light Compact, National Grid, New England Gas Company, NSTAR, Unitil, and Western Massachusetts Electric Company. The Sponsors of Mass Save work closely with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources to provide a wide range of services, incentives, trainings, and information promoting energy efficiency that help residents and businesses manage energy use and related costs.”

Why not take advantage of an opportunity to identify areas to save energy and in many cases get at least some assistance in doing the work necessary to ultimately save energy costs.  The following comes directly from their website:


After you schedule an appointment, an Energy Specialist will visit to assess your home’s current energy use and provide a custom list of energy-saving recommendations for your home, and will help you develop a plan to make your home more efficient. What you should expect:

  • A Home Energy Assessment usually takes 1.5 to 2.5 hours
  • All key decision-makers should be present at the assessment
  • The specialist will help you develop an energy plan and explain applicable incentives

Your no-cost Home Energy Assessment includes:      Personalized report outlining recommended energy efficiency improvements     Installation of no-cost immediate savings measures such as compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), programmable thermostats, and water saving devices, as needed

  • Screening for eligibility for the ENERGY STAR® refrigerator rebate
  • Air Sealing and Insulation specification, if applicable
  • Infrared Testing, if applicable
  • Combustion Safety Testing

Learn about rebates and incentives     Generous weatherization rebates of 75%, up to $2000 towards the cost of the work, and other incentives are available to qualifying Massachusetts residents. Learn more     Get started today     Schedule your no-cost Home Energy Assessment with a Mass Save® Energy Specialist by calling 866-527-SAVE (7283). Or have a Mass Save Participating Contractor start the process for you.



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