Saturday, January 19, 2013

Why You Should Have A Mass Save Energy Audit

Why You Should Have A Mass Save Energy Audit

mass save energy audit
It started when I went on a listing appointment.   The Seller who was renovating an old house told me that he had Mass Save come out and do an energy audit of the home.    It was free, but better than that, they paid for the majority of his insulation work, and if that was not enough, he received rebates on all kinds of energy saving things! 

The Skeptical side of me, thought that, yea, there is always a catch, but after hearing the heat whirl all week with the cold temps and wearing an Eskimo suit just to watch T.V., I thought, what the hey, and gave them a call.    Mass Save Web Site. 

My first hand experience.   I called the number listed above and let them know that I was interested in having an energy audit.    They asked a couple of questions like, were we customers of NStar or National Grid.    I furnished them with the little information they asked for and they set up an appointment for us the next week.  The appointment they told me would take 2-3 hours.    I couldn't imagine why, but whatever.

The Appointment.   The guy shows up.  On time, mind you.    He met  Al at the garage and started there.    He checked the foundation and doors for air leakage (that's my term), and the furnace for efficiency.    Did the same with doors and windows, checked for insulation in the attic and walls.   Yes, he had a cool infra red kind of thing to see into the walls.    He was very thorough and professional. 

The Verdict.  We did okay.   This house was built in the 80's.    We could use some more insulation in the attic and squeeze the breeze coming through the garage.    Our light bulbs are not up to the current energy standard, and neither are our shower heads.   He gave us info and answered my questions on air conditioning and also told us how a simple improvement could save us $20 a month.   All in all, I would say very through and informative.

But it didn't stop there, and don't you.  
Keep Reading.  This is the Best Part!

We found out, just like the builder that prompted this audit said.. they will pay to have the insulation upgrade!   In our case, close to $2500!    For free, for real.    Also, if we purchase certain items, we get a rebate.     He changed all the light bulbs in the house to the more efficient kind and the shower heads too.    You can also get interest free loans if you qualify! 

The Down Side.     I don't see one.    In Al's opinion, the house is lit up like a Christmas tree!   

Call these people.     You can't lose!    

Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group



  1. I read this and was thinking "no way" they show up on time and then foot the bill for the insulation. Mind you, I am always skeptical when someones wants to come out to help you save money. In the past it always costs in the thousands to tens of thousands. Now I have to look into this here (we are in the Midwest). Way to go Al & Cal Realty. Keep the good information coming!

  2. Thanks U/K. Appreciate you reading this. Being the skeptical person that I am, couldn't believe it either, but it is true! I hear you are or about to have some chilly weather out there in the Midwest. Stay warm!

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  4. Great article. Home energy audits are important and offer a great way to save money in the long run. I work in real estate in Wellesley MA where we have a lot of older homes. I always encourage my first-time buyers in Wellesley to have an energy audit done immediately upon moving in. Just my two cents!


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