What is a Home Energy Assessment?
A home energy assessment is the first step to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient.
Your home energy manager will review your utility bills with you, and discuss your concerns regarding your home's comfort and energy saving. He or she will outline the products and services you will receive during the energy assessment, and will discuss potential qualifying Mass Save incentives and benefits.
Step 1: Introduction
Step 2: Health and Safety
Your energy manager will test your heating system, hot water system, and other combustion appliances for any health and safety concerns. They will also look for additional issues such as the presence of asbestos and other hazardous materials, unsafe electrical wiring, mold or mildew buildup, and roof leaks. If there are concerns, your manager will notify you and make recommendations to remediate the issues.
Step 3: Insulation Evaluation
Your energy manager will evaluate your
basement, exterior walls and attic for
opportunities to upgrade insulation, eliminate
drafts, and make sure key areas of your home are properly ventilated. We will also evaluate your windows, exterior doors, and the potential opportunity for solar. After the evaluation is complete, your home energy manager will review all opportunities and connect you with additional resources.
Step 4: Install Instant Savings Measures
As part of the Mass Save program, you are entitled to no-cost Instant Savings Measures. For most homes this includes providing and installing: energy saving LED light bulbs, programmable thermostats, water saving devices and energy saving power strips.
Step 5: Review of Energy Saving Opportunities
Your home energy manager will prepare customized documents for you and explain the benefits and incentives of the Mass Save program. He or she will review how their recommendations can make your home more comfortable while saving money on your energy bills. At the end of the visit, your energy manager will help you take advantage of all rebates and incentives and can even coordinate setting up a time for the work to take place.
Instant Savings Measures (ISMs)
Electric lighting costs account for about 20% of each utility bill in the average U.S. home. By using compact fluorescent light (CFL) and light emitting diode (LED) bulbs, you can save between 75% to 90% on your lighting costs. CFL and LED technology has improved drastically over the years, and provides a lighting quality that is comparable to classic incandescent. Switching from incandecent to LED can save $28 per bulb each year (based on 3hrs of use per day).
Programmable thermostats allow you to monitor the temperature in your home without thinking. The option to operate them manually is also available and they are much more accurate than traditional, non-programmable thermostats. By setting your thermostat ahead of time, you will reduce your fuel consumption and save hundreds of dollars. Now offering both Honeywell and Nest programmable thermostats.*
*Nest Thermostats cost $100 a piece.
Water Conservation Devices
Water-saving shower heads and faucet aerators reduce water consumption by up to 75%! This reduces your water and fuel bills while still providing high pressure.
Smart Power Strips
These power strips allow homeowners to avoid the everyday electrical draws from gaming systems, DVD players, and any other device that only works with your TV or monitor. These Smart Strips link those non-essential devices to your primary device, allowing power to flow only when necessary.