- Mass Save offers a one-stop resource for home owners, landlords, and renters across the Commonwealth who want to reduce their energy use and utility bills. Get expert guidance and financial incentives through this partnership of utilities, energy services providers, and DOER.
Residential Contractor Working Group Report and New Pilot Program
To explore innovations in residential energy efficiency program delivery, in 2016 DOER convened the Residential Contractor Working Group (RCWG), which included Mass Save® and non-Mass Save contractors and program administrators. The RCWG considered best practices from around the US and surveyed over 100 residential contractors in MA with results summarized in this report file size 1MB. The report recommendations include both improvements to the existing Home Energy Services (HES) program and the implementation of a more performance-based contractor program delivery model. To that end, DOER has committed to funding a pilot program to be launched later this year.
- How does your home use energy and what can you do to improve its efficiency? This U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) website is a goldmine for homeowners. Learn how to calculate your home's energy use and evaluate efficiency measures, such as choosing insulation and determining a window's U-factor.
- Homeowners who want to invest in their homes to make them more energy efficient have a variety of resources available to help defray the upfront costs and improve their return on investment. Find out more about the tax credits, loans, and mortgages that are available to help you.
- This U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website guides homeowners, prospective buyers, and renters through a room-by-room view of energy use in a home, providing tips and tools to reduce energy and water waste and greenhouse gas emissions.
- The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is using U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding in the Greater Springfield area (Belchertown, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Longmeadow, Palmer, Springfield, and Wilbraham) to test energy efficiency innovations, including widespread thermal imaging of homes, designed to help homeowners implement more, or "deeper," energy efficiency upgrades, as well as create additional clean energy jobs.
- For information on receiving state fuel assistance and weatherization services (including eligibility criteria), visit the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development or call the Cold Relief Hotline at 1-800-632-8175.
- Find out what's possible in your home. These case studies give you examples of what other homeowners, renters, and landlords have done to reduce energy waste and save money in their homes.