Energy Department Offers Tips to Save on Heating Costs

To mark October as National Energy Awareness Month, the Greenfield Energy and Sustainability Department is offering tips to residents to save money this winter, as energy prices continue to fluctuate. All residents, whether renters or homeowners, are eligible and are encouraged to take advantage of the unprecedented incentives offered through the Mass Save program to reduce their energy usage.

Steps that can save money range from signing up for the City’s electricity aggregation program, Greenfield Light & Power, to conducting a home energy assessment to plan for individualized energy upgrades at little to no cost. Additional incentives are coming soon from the federal Inflation Reduction Act, so now is the time to get ready to upgrade heating systems and inefficient equipment.

“Unfortunately, rising energy costs are likely to make keeping warm this winter a challenge for many families in our community,” noted Energy and Sustainability Director Carole Collins. “The good news is there are many generous programs and incentives to upgrade the energy efficiency of your home. For example, there’s up to a $10,000 rebate available to install air source heat pumps (mini-splits) in your home through Mass Save— and more incentives will become available starting in January thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act.”

Sign Up for GL&P
All Greenfield electricity customers are eligible to participate in Greenfield Light & Power. They can join or leave at any time for no cost or penalty. GL&P customers currently stand to save $30.08 per month over Eversource’s Basic Service rate for the average household usage of 550 kilowatt-hours per month. The rate of 9.879 cents/kWh is guaranteed through 2023. Consumers can enroll or find additional information at greenfieldlightandpower.com or by calling 1-844-483-5004.

Conduct a Home Energy Assessment and Replace Inefficient Equipment
Home energy assessments through the Mass Save program come at no cost to the homeowner or renter and are the gateway to incentives to replace inefficient heating equipment and appliances, as well as access to a 0% interest HEAT loan to cover any out-of-pocket costs. An energy specialist will assess a home’s current energy use and provide a custom list of energy-saving recommendations. More information is available at masssave.com or by calling 1-866-527-SAVE.

Ensure Heating Equipment Is in Good Working Order
Oil-fired heating systems should be serviced annually; gas-fired systems should be serviced every three years. Furnace filters should be cleaned or replaced monthly. Fireplace dampers should be closed unless a fire is burning. Warm-air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators should not be blocked by furniture or drapes. All of these steps will help ensure your equipment is operating safely and efficiently.

Small Changes Can Result in Big Savings
Close curtains and shades at night to keep in the warmth; open them during the day to benefit from the sun’s warmth. Setting the thermostat back 7 to 10 degrees for eight hours while away from home or sleeping can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling costs.

Assistance Is Available
Residents who are having difficulty paying their energy bills are urged to contact Community Action Pioneer Valley at 1-800-370-0940. Home energy assistance, weatherization and heating services programs are available that can provide new equipment at no cost. A family of four can have income of up to $81,561 and be eligible for assistance.

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