FOR INCOME ELIGIBLE RENTERS AND HOMEOWNERS
NEW INCENTIVES – REDUCE YOUR HEATING BILLS
Thursday, March, 30th, 5:30pm
2nd Congregational Church 16 Court Square, Greenfield
GREENFIELD, MA – Are your oil and propane bills killing your budget? Mass Save is offering new incentives for air-source heat pumps aka mini-splits, and Greening Greenfield is offering a free workshop for income-eligible people about these new services. Masks are required.
“We are thrilled that Peter Wingate, director of Energy Services at Community Action Pioneer Valley (CAPV) and his staff are coming to talk about the amazing new services that Mass Save is offering income eligible renters and homeowners” said Nancy Hazard, of Greening Greenfield. “These whole house services can be worth over $40,000.”
To be eligible for these programs, income for a single person must be $42,411 or less or $81,561 or less for a household of 4. To assess income eligibility go to www.masssave.com.
“I am pleased with what is now available for energy efficiency and heating systems through Mass Save's residential programs, and especially for the income eligible households we serve at Community Action.” Says Peter Wingate of CAPV. “Our goal is to reduce heating bills and make people more comfortable while cutting down on folks' carbon footprint. For tenants in buildings up to four units, if at least half the apartments have an income eligible tenant we can usually offer efficiency services to the whole building, at no cost to the tenants or landlord."
Wingate and his staff will explain what they do when they come to assess a home or apartment building. Staff will talk about heat pumps, which could replace oil or propane heating systems, and about weatherization, which is a pre-requisite to installing a new modern heat pump heating system. They will also talk about what to expect after the assessment. There will be lots of time for Q&A.
“Utility companies, which run Mass Save, are offering these incentives to help Massachusetts achieve its goal of addressing the climate crisis and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030,” explains Hazard.
For buildings, Massachusetts’ strategy is to switch heating systems from using oil, propane, and gas to electricity, which can be generated by wind, and solar, and emit zero carbon emissions, the major source of climate change. Heat pumps achieve that goal. Heat pumps also deliver air conditioning at a much lower cost than window, or whole-house air conditioning systems.
Greening Greenfield is offering a second workshop in March for people who are above the income eligibility line.
Greening Greenfield also urges people interested in the details of heat pumps to watch a talk posted on GCTV called What’s All this Hoopla About Heat Pumps, by Mike Simons of Abode Energy Management. Simons’ talk was recently offered in Shelburne Falls by the Shelburne Energy Committee.
For more information about Greening Greenfield’s campaigns on housing, climate action, pollinators, reusable bags, or Connecticut River Hydro and upcoming events on transforming lawns to meadows, go to www.GreeningGreenfieldMA.org.