For Immediate Release - November 26, 2012

PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION HIGHLIGHTS HOME ENERGY INITIATIVE, ADDITIONAL INCENTIVES

PALMER – November 26, 2012 – Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan today joined state and local officials and National Grid to highlight Home MPG, a home energy assessment and incentive initiative from Mass Save® that is available in eight western Mass towns, at a participant’s home.

Following an announcement of the expanded incentives through Home MPG, Jim and Elaine Marowski, the program participants, were presented with their “energy performance score,” which showed their improved score and projected financial and energy savings achieved through their efficiency improvements. The homeowners then offered a tour of the upgrades in their home.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the Home MPG initiative with the Marowskis who will be seeing the real results of this program in their home for many years, reducing their energy consumption and costs,” said Secretary Sullivan. “We thank the Obama Administration and our federal partners for their support of this program and look forward to continuing its success."

The Marowskis purchased a new a boiler and water heater in addition to improvements in their home's insulation, air sealing and light bulbs.  The total project cost was approximately $9,082 and the homeowners received $4,212 in incentives or about 46% of the project costs.  

"Higher energy prices are inevitable but this program provides an opportunity to minimize homeowners consumption and maximize efficiency by partnering with the state," said Senator Stephen M. Brewer.  "It is wonderful to hear about people utilizing this opportunity and realizing its benefits."

"I am thrilled that families in our communities have been able to participate in the Home MPG initiative," said Representative Todd M. Smola. "I am pleased to see the tangible results - both financially and environmentally - that have been reaped since the beginning of the program, and look forward to continued success across the Commonwealth."

“By providing homeowners with clear information about their homes’ energy performance, along with bonus financial incentives for efficiency improvements, we anticipate that more homeowners will participate in Mass Save’s Home MPG initiative and enjoy the benefits of cost savings and comfort.” said DOER Commissioner Mark Sylvia.

Home MPG is a United States Department of Energy funded initiative that offers expanded program offerings from Mass Save in eight communities in the Springfield area. The initiative is currently offered in Belchertown, Palmer, Springfield, Monson, Hampden, Wilbraham, East Longmeadow and Longmeadow through National Grid, Western Massachusetts Electric Company and Columbia Gas of Massachusetts. The expanded initiative includes:

  • An energy performance score, that is similar to a miles-per-gallon rating for a car, to determine the anticipated energy consumption of a home;
  • Bonus rebates to upgrade to high-efficiency heating and hot water equipment;
  • A bonus incentive of up to $1,750 for insulation work;  
  • Thermal images that highlight energy savings opportunities; and
  • Coordination with local banks that offer 0% interest financing up to $25,000 for qualifying energy efficiency improvements through the Mass Save HEAT loan.

Since the Home MPG initiative launched in March 2012, 405 homeowners have completed home energy assessments and received energy performance scores for their homes. Of these participants, 87 homeowners have completed energy upgrade improvements.

In 2011, the Mass Save® programs delivered savings equivalent to the annual electricity usage of 109,707 households and equivalent to the annual natural gas usage of more than 14,883 households. In addition, measures implemented under the plans produced greenhouse gas emissions reductions equal to eliminating 84,681 cars.

This year, for the second year in a row, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has ranked Massachusetts as the number one state for energy efficiency policies and programs. The Commonwealth's energy efficiency and clean energy goals were outlined when Governor Patrick signed the Green Communities Act, the Green Jobs Act and the Global Warming Solutions Act in 2008.