No-Cost Home Energy Improvements

From The Roslindale–West Roxbury Bulletin
September 23, 2010

West Roxbury residents may be eligible for up to $3,500 in energy efficient equipment, weatherization and home improvements.

With cold weather approaching, Mayor Thomas M. Menino is inviting West Roxbury residents to visit the West Roxbury Branch Library on Monday, Sept. 27 from 7 to 8 pm to find out if they are eligible for Renew Boston—a program offering free energy efficiency upgrades that will make homes more comfortable this winter while also saving residents money on utility bills.

Renew Boston, a service of the city of Boston—in partnership with NSTAR and National Grid—will be joining West Roxbury Saves Emergy for a one-hour forum to provide details on program qualifications and to enroll residents for free energy assessments. While utility customers statewide are eligible for rebates on weatherization and insulation services, only Boston residents are eligible for these energy efficiency improvements at no cost.

“I am fully behind this program as its one-of-a-kind partnership between the city of Boston, NSTAR and National Grid provides residents with an incredible opportunity to get free services to keep them warm during cold winter months and save them money in this tough economic climate when every dollar counts,” said Menino.

Launched by Menino last month, the Renew Boston Residential Program combines $1.8 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s (ARRA) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) with rebates available under existing energy efficiency programs administered by NSTAR and National Grid.

Boston residents living in a single family home or a multi-family building with up to four units may be eligible for free Renew Boston services; and, landlords serving income-eligible tenants can also take advantage of Renew Boston services to improve the energy performance of their properties. The West Roxbury Saves Energy Fall Forum will provide more details on Renew Boston eligibility requirements and about the free energy efficiency products that may be available, depending on the results of the home energy assessment. West Roxbury residents are encouraged to attend the forum on Monday at 7 pm to get more information and enroll. Residents who cannot attend may also visit or call Renew Boston at (617) 635-SAVE. Renew Boston will also hold a session on September 28 during the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Meeting held at the First Baptist Church at 7 pm.