The customized envelope will include a thermal image of their home accompanied by a report of their home’s energy efficiency with recommended steps for a more in depth home energy audit. The analysis and report were prepared as part of a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s “ener-G-save” program. Amherst Town Manager Paul Bockelman has issued the following letter to residents encouraging those in receipt of the ener-G-save mailing to take advantage of the program:
Dear Amherst Homeowners,
Earlier this year, the Town joined numerous other communities in the Pioneer Valley in a new project designed to improve the efficiency in single-family homes.
Philanthropist Harold Grinspoon sponsored this large-scale thermal imaging project called ener-G-save to help homeowners in the Valley learn more about their home’s energy efficiency and ways in which they can save money, increase the value of their homes and make them more comfortable and healthy - all while helping the planet. One hundred thousand single-family homes have been scanned from public roads throughout the Valley, including those in Amherst, utilizing a new technology developed by MIT that does not infringe on privacy and only captures data that shows where and how much energy is leaking from a building’s envelope.
In the next few weeks, select Amherst residents will receive an envelope with an “ener-G-save” logo that contains a thermal image and report of their home. The recipients of these reports were identified as having the greatest potential for energy cost savings by making energy efficiency upgrades to their home. The thermal report will provide a “hotline” number and web link to make it as easy as possible for recipients to act on the information in their report. Those who make the call, or fill out the form on the website, will be connected to someone who can schedule a free energy audit of their residence, provide them with information on incentives and financing opportunities and - should a homeowner so choose - do the work as well.
Assessing and investing in energy efficiency helps our town by creating local jobs, protecting the health of our citizens, and keeping money local. All Amherst residents may utilize this program by calling the energy cooperative Coop Power at (413) 279-9141 or going to the ener-G-save.com website to request an audit.
I encourage you to take advantage of this generous offer by the Grinspoon Foundation.
Amherst Town Manager
All Amherst homeowners are able to take advantage of the hotline for more information about free home energy audits by calling (413) 279-9141 or by going to www.ener-G-save.com. For additional information, contact Amherst Sustainability Coordinator Stephanie Ciccarello at (413) 259-3149