Home owners in Massachusetts have high energy needs and costs. The extremely long and cold winters mean you use a lot of energy to heat your home. The spring and autumn seem to get shorter every year. And our desire for air conditioning in the summer continues to grow.
New construction takes advantage of the latest technology for energy-saving features. Of course, many Massachusetts homes are older construction. They were built with technology that has relatively high energy costs. And, even though some older homes have added energy-efficiency updates, there is always room for improvement. Even in new construction, there is usually room for improvement.
Energy-Saving Systems and Appliances
A variety of products and systems can save you energy and cost if you don’t already have them. Here are some examples:
- Appliances (including air conditioners) with good energy ratings
- Insulated windows
- Tankless water heaters
- Solar panels
Many articles and ads on-line can help you evaluate the items in this list. But, you’ll soon realize that each item is a small research project in itself. There are issues of initial investment, ongoing cost savings, impact on resale value, and the pros and cons of living with the new systems. So, before you dive in to any one of these projects, you may want to look into all the small ways you may be wasting energy. These small wastes can add up to a big total. And, in many cases, the waste can be reduced by low-cost or subsidized fixes as discussed below.
MA and Energy Savings
Some important things you should know about energy and MA are:
- In October 2018, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was named the most energy efficient state in the nation by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for the eighth year in a row.
- In June 2018, the state Senate of Massachusetts passed a bill that will have Massachusetts running on 100-percent renewable power by 2047.
- There is an energy program for consumers in the Commonwealth called Mass Save.
You may not have noticed that there is an “Energy Efficiency Charge” on your utility bills. Among other things, this charge goes towards home energy assessments. The assessments are available to you without any additional charge. And, they are done under the responsibility of Mass Save .
If you have an energy assessment done through Mass Save, you will receive a report showing a profile of your energy usage and ways to improve it. You will also get instant energy saving products installed during the assessment, as needed, at no additional cost. Examples include LED light bulbs and programmable thermostats. The recommendations will include suggestions about expensive investments such as we discussed above. You will also get information about rebates, loans, and incentives that are available to eligible consumers in order to improve their energy usage and costs.
If you live in Massachusetts you have high energy needs. You also live in a state that is committed to renewable energy and energy efficiency. The success of this commitment is reflected in Massachusetts’ rating for eight years as the most energy efficient state in the US. You are already subsidizing Mass Save through your utility bills. Why don’t you personally join in the success and savings of energy efficiency in the state, starting with a Mass Save no-cost energy assessment?
If you need real estate assistance, contact Chris Kostopoulos at 857-829-0282 or Chris@Isellmass.com. Chris is not only committed to bringing you information about living better in your home, he is also committed to giving the highest quality help to buyers and sellers.