“Renew Boston” program helps pay for your energy-efficiency home upgrades

If you have been trying to figure out a way to pay for that insulation you know you need to tighten up your house or those energy-efficient light bulbs or water-saving devices so that you can decrease your home energy and water bills, click here to learn about the City’s “Renew Boston” program.

The Renew Boston program offers you a no-cost energy assessment as well as 75 percent—up to $2,000 off—in energy upgrades for air sealing and insulation. Save energy and save money through this unique program launched by the City of Boston, the first program of its kind in the country. If you live in Boston in a 1- to 4-unit building and don’t receive fuel assistance due to your income, you qualify. (Residents who qualify for fuel assistance due to their income should contact Action for Boston Community Development  at 617-357-6012 to learn more about no-cost weatherization and insulation.)

You can sign up right now or read on for more details about how Renew Boston works for you.

This initiative prompts homeowners and apartment-dwellers, or their landlords, to make improvements that save energy and save money by paying for these upgrades with federal stimulus monies and matching funds. These improvements not only lower your energy bills, but they are also a no-hassle way to increase the value of your home and help the environment by reducing greenhouse emissions, generally believed to be the main contributor to climate change.

Renew Boston and its partners provide participating residents with a range of no-cost efficiency services including a comprehensive home energy assessment and instant savings measures such as high-efficiency light bulbs and water savings devices. After receiving an energy assessment, residents can get 75% off – up to $2000 – for insulation and air sealing. Depending upon the results of the home energy assessment, customers may also qualify for a variety of other incentives for energy efficient products.

Renew Boston assists participants on a first-come, first-served basis. One goal of the program is to combine the assessment and the basic improvements into just one visit, except in cases where extensive insulation or other larger upgrades are called for. Once you sign up, you will be contacted by a representative of Next Step Living (NSL) — the company hired by the City of Boston to perform the assessments and implement the improvements — to determine what services you qualify for and to schedule your home-energy assessment.

In addition, you will be supporting West Roxbury Saves Energy, which will receive $10 for each referral at our link or when you mention WRSE if you call 617-635-7283.

WRSE encourages residents of West Roxbury to take advantage of this ground-breaking program that will save energy and money. There are many good reasons to do so: to lower your energy consumption, save money, and help your community and the environment. Sign up now and support WRSE.

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