Go Green Residential

homeIn 2013, the City of Medford promoted a “Go Green Residential” program. Medford partnered with National Grid to increase the number of City residents taking advantage of Home Energy Assessments and services offered through the MassSave Program. Through this partnership, the City received a grant of $40,000 from National Grid to further their energy and environmental efforts. Below is current information about things you can do to “Go Green” in your home. 

If your home is already putting in a lot of effort to “Go Green”, then you should look into applying for a Medford Green Award. If you are looking to make your home more environmentally friendly, check out these easy steps you can take!

To see if you qualify for additional assistance based on your income, visit MassSaves’ Income-Eligible Programs page.

 

1. Get a free home energy assessment. For a professional opinion on home energy use, the best way to get started is by taking advantage of the MassSave program’s no-cost Home Energy Assessment. This program is funded through charges on Natural Grid electric and gas bills. You pay an “Energy Efficiency Charge” every month which helps to fund this program. Since you are already paying for this program, we are encouraging all residents to take advantage and get a Home Energy Assessment. Single family homes and multi-family homes with up to 3 units are eligible. Landlords of properties with 1 to 4 dwelling units may be eligible to participate through the Mass Save® Home Energy Services Program.

Through this program, an Energy Specialist will come to your home at no cost for an assessment visit lasting approximately 1.5 to 2.5 hours. During the assessment they will:

  • Examine your heating and insulation systems
  • Use thermal imaging to identify heat leaks throughout your home
  • Provide you with free new light-bulbs and water saving fixtures

Based on the results of the in-home study, the Energy Specialist will provide:

  • A report with recommendations for improvements to make and how to go about it. Making these improvements could save you up to 30% on energy bills.
  • Information about all incentives and rebates available to help finance the projects, including a Massachusetts 0% loan, called a HEAT loan, available to do energy efficiency work on your home. Local participating banks in the HEAT Loan program are Century Bank, Eastern Bank, East Cambridge Savings Bank, Mass Bay Credit Union, and Members Plus Credit Union. A complete list of participating banks can be found here.

To schedule a MassSave Home Energy Assessment call 1-800-632-8300. For more information about the MassSave program see their website

2. Install CFL or LED bulbs in your home or office. Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs are up to four times more efficient than standard incandescent bulbs, but contain trace amounts of Mercury. A 25-watt CFL will produce as much light as a 100-watt incandescent. Left on for 5 hours a day, it will save 135 kwh of electricity annually and prevent about 193 lbs of carbon dioxide emissions. Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs are even more efficient, last longer and contain no Mercury, but are more expensive.

3. Buy EnergyStar Appliances. Appliances that have qualified for the U.S. EPA EnergyStar label use 10-50% less energy than conventional models. Households with EnergyStar appliances save an average of $80 per year in electricity costs. Saving energy helps the environment too. If just one in ten U.S. households switched to EnergyStar appliances, it would have the same reduction in carbon dioxide as planting 1.7 million acres of new forest. Find EnergyStar rebates for your area.

4. Sign up for GreenStartNew England GreenStart™ lets you buy renewable energy through your electricity provider, National Grid, for a small monthly surcharge on your existing bill.

For more tips on saving energycheck out Easy & Quick Energy Saving TricksFor more information, visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s Guide to Energy Efficiency.