Massachusetts Tests New Home Energy Audit Program
November 28, 2012
Homeowners in a section of western Massachusetts can now get a "energy performance score" (EPS) showing their homes' levels of energy efficiency expressed in a single number. The program, Home MPG, provides owners with a miles-per-gallon type of energy rating, which helps them in making informed decisions about improving building energy efficiency. It also gives users an EPS scorecard showing both before and after making improvements to illustrate energy savings associated with possible upgrades.
The initiative is funded by an Energy Department grant and operated by the utility-backed Mass Save program. It covers all homes in Belchertown, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Longmeadow, Monson, Palmer, Springfield, and Wilbraham that are eligible for home energy assessments sponsored by the Mass Save. In addition to the no-cost energy assessment, efficiency recommendations, and financial incentives already offered through Mass Save, Home MPG also thermal images for some homeowners highlighting energy saving opportunities as well as an online system that allows homeowners to view their EPS and recommended improvements. Mass Save is sponsored by Massachusetts' gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. See the EPS Web page.