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Old 06-28-2013, 01:11 PM
 
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Has anyone received one of these? It's a free energy assessment from a place in Cambrdige (I think). I don't know if it's a gimmick and they will just be walking around looking for opportunities to sell me things that may improve energy usage in the long term.
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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They will be walking around looking for opportunities to feed you asparagus and then steal your urine.
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Old 06-28-2013, 02:40 PM
 
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They can get you good deals. If you're planning to upgrade to newer or more efficient appliances, they'll offer a discount or rebates.

I did it at my old house. There was very little attic insulation. They identified that and said I could get insulation installed at a reduced rate. I think it was almost 50% off.

In some case you can take out a 0% 7 year loan to make the improvements (if you qualify). But you have to do the assessment first.


Also, I hope you like asparagus.
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Old 06-28-2013, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Also, I hope you like asparagus.
He does. And how his urine smells after he eats it. That's how he got g-fused.
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Old 06-29-2013, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Needham, MA
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Energy audits are great. I had one done on my home when I bought it and I suggest to my clients who are buying to have one done as well. As DawnMTL mentioned, basically they look at your house and try to figure out ways to make it more energy efficient. During the audit, there's plenty of free stuff to be had. They'll replace your incandescent bulbs with CFLS, your sink aerators and shower heads with low flow versions (they actually work well not like the old low flow stuff), and your non-programmable thermostat with a programmable one. After the audit, they send you a report with suggestions on how to further make your home energy efficient. The report lays out what the work will cost and what rebates are available to reduce the cost. After the audit, you also qualify for a HEAT loan which is a ZERO interest loan for up to 7 years which you can use to fund the improvements recommended in the audit report. The term of the loan is based on how much of a loan you need. The more money you want, the longer the loan.

It's a great service and while many will tell you it's free that's not true. There's actually a line item on all your utility bills which goes into a fund which pays for all of it. You're already paying for it. You might as well use it.
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:59 AM
 
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If you don't trust that company, look into MassSave. It's Massachusetts partnering up with National Grid and N-Star and others. They come for free and there isn't any sales tactics going on. They'll let you know where your house could use some work. Some of the work, like air sealing or adding an insulated foam box on your attic stairs, will be free. Others they'll let you know about can have big incentives. Like I did blown in insulation in my walls at about 20% of the cost of what it would have been. Attic insulation is practically free. Definitely worth having them out.
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Needham, MA
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If you don't trust that company, look into MassSave.
They actually sub out all the work like the energy assessments to subcontractors. So it's possible the company he's referring to is the one Mass Save partners with in his area. The company that came to my house was Next Step Living. I'm not sure where they're based.
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:42 AM
 
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The insulation work is sub'd out as well as the air sealing. But the energy assessments are typically done by CSG or a MassSave representative. Even when the work is sub'd out though a CSG or MassSave rep is onsite while the work is taking place to oversee them, and then a different rep comes out one final time to review the work and make sure it was done up to standards.
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Old 07-01-2013, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Needham, MA
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The insulation work is sub'd out as well as the air sealing. But the energy assessments are typically done by CSG or a MassSave representative. Even when the work is sub'd out though a CSG or MassSave rep is onsite while the work is taking place to oversee them, and then a different rep comes out one final time to review the work and make sure it was done up to standards.
I've only had an energy audit so far, but the guy who came to my house said he was from Next Step Living.
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:42 AM
 
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Thanks all. Sincerely appreciate the input about the assessment. I'll keep the appointment with them.

And to DawnMTL, let me clarify...I doubt they'll be stealing my urine. I don't think other people like the smell.
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