Fall is upon us, and many Pioneer Valley area residents are gearing up for the cooler weather that is to come. There are no doubt certain times of the year when it’s wise to reevaluate home performance, and now is one of them. Rising energy costs are not only a nuisance, but they can make paying monthly utility bills easier said than done. In many cases, financing may be necessary.
Fortunately, Western Massachusetts homeowners have a few solid options to choose from that can make financial concerns regarding home performance work a thing of the past.
Mass Save Program
Mass Save is another program that Massachusetts homeowners can benefit from. Like the HELPS program, Mass Save can assist you in getting a free home energy audit, but there are also a number of other benefits that come along with this program. These include up to $2,000 in assistance for insulation rebates, 0% financing up to $25,000 through the HEAT Loan program, and rebates on oil, propane and water heating equipment. You can even potentially get $150 towards a new refrigerator!
Home Energy Loss Prevention Service (HELPS) Program
One of the most important things that a home or business owner can do to boost a building’s efficiency is to schedule an energy audit. An energy audit is essentially a full diagnostic workup of your home and the systems that make it up, thus painting a clear picture of any energy efficiency issues you may be experiencing. With the Home Energy Loss Prevention Service (HELPS) Program, Energia can help homeowners in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Hartford, Litchfield, Tolland, and Worcester counties get a free home energy audit, using state-of-the-art diagnostic tools that get to the bottom of any efficiency issues that may need to be addressed.
PowerSaver and National EnergyLoan
For those who are looking to take on relatively large home improvement projects, it may be worthwhile to check out PowerSaver and National EnergyLoan as options. These can be used towards a very of “whole home” improvements, including air sealing, insulation and window treatments. Applications are fast and easy, and 100% financing for up to $25,000 can help you to pay for even the most expensive types of work. What’s even better is that flexible payment periods can last for up to seven years.