Ener-G-Save is encouraging home energy audits

  • Energ-G-Save contracted to do thermal imaging of 100,000 owner-occupied, single-family homes in 10 Pioneer Valley communities, including Greenfield and Deerfield. Submitted photo

For the Gazette
Published: 9/4/2017 12:28:30 AM

If you’ve been holding out on getting a free energy audit of your home, maybe it will help to get a free thermal image that was taken last spring showing how heat was escaping.

That, at least, is the hope of the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, which had thermal images of 100,000 single-family homes taken in Amherst, Northampton, Belchertown and seven other Pioneer Valley communities in April.

Ener-G-Save, as Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation Energy LLC is being called, hopes to encourage more homeowners to take advantage of Mass-Save home energy audits by working with Co-Op Power to send out 25,000 thermal images in early September to homes thought to have the greatest potential for energy savings most.

“It’s another doorway into the same program,” says Andra Rose of Amherst, who is helping to promote the initiative by the Springfield-area philanthropist.

Grinspoon, who wondered why more people don’t take advantage of the audit, paid for by all utility customers, thought that distributing the photos would be just the hook for getting the attention of people who best stand benefit from the free audit and discounts on insulation and appliances that comes with it.

The images, taken by a vehicle loaded with high-tech equipment to measure how much energy escapes from housing stock, were analyzed by Boston-based engineering firm Essess using software developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They can help homeowners make informed decisions about how to cut energy loss and energy costs.

People who respond, either by going to the ener-G-save.com website, or phone 413-279-9141, to request an audit, will be connected to the energy cooperative Coop Power, which will schedule a Mass Save for their home, said Rose.

“It’s just a way to get people thinking about energy efficiency as a really good solution to a lot of our energy problems right now.”

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