Why You Should Have A Mass Save Energy Audit
Mass Save come out and do an energy audit of the home. It was free, but better than that, they paid for the majority of his insulation work, and if that was not enough, he received rebates on all kinds of energy saving things!
The Skeptical side of me, thought that, yea, there is always a catch, but after hearing the heat whirl all week with the cold temps and wearing an Eskimo suit just to watch T.V., I thought, what the hey, and gave them a call. Mass Save Web Site.
My first hand experience. I called the number listed above and let them know that I was interested in having an energy audit. They asked a couple of questions like, were we customers of NStar or National Grid. I furnished them with the little information they asked for and they set up an appointment for us the next week. The appointment they told me would take 2-3 hours. I couldn't imagine why, but whatever.
The Appointment. The guy shows up. On time, mind you. He met Al at the garage and started there. He checked the foundation and doors for air leakage (that's my term), and the furnace for efficiency. Did the same with doors and windows, checked for insulation in the attic and walls. Yes, he had a cool infra red kind of thing to see into the walls. He was very thorough and professional.
The Verdict. We did okay. This house was built in the 80's. We could use some more insulation in the attic and squeeze the breeze coming through the garage. Our light bulbs are not up to the current energy standard, and neither are our shower heads. He gave us info and answered my questions on air conditioning and also told us how a simple improvement could save us $20 a month. All in all, I would say very through and informative.
But it didn't stop there, and don't you.
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We found out, just like the builder that prompted this audit said.. they will pay to have the insulation upgrade! In our case, close to $2500! For free, for real. Also, if we purchase certain items, we get a rebate. He changed all the light bulbs in the house to the more efficient kind and the shower heads too. You can also get interest free loans if you qualify!
The Down Side. I don't see one. In Al's opinion, the house is lit up like a Christmas tree!