Chesterfield Residential Energy Efficiency Grant Program
Reported in Statewide Green Communities Newsletter - Western Region
Chesterfield Efficiency Seekers Get a Leg Up
When it comes to cutting heating bills, every little bit helps. Chesterfield residents are getting more than a little help from their municipality this year, thanks to an innovative local program funded through the town’s 2011 Green Communities grant. Some $55,000 of the town’s $140,000 grant is funding the Chesterfield Residential Energy Efficiency Program, which has received 24 applications for measures such as exterior door replacement, pipe insulation, and window curtains since it launched with a series of information sessions in November. One project has already been completed and reimbursed.
Developed by the Chesterfield Green Communities Committee in conjunction with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, the Hilltown Community Development Corporation and Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECO), the Chesterfield Residential Energy Efficiency Program adds value to incentives already offered through WMECO’s MassSave program. As is the case statewide, following a MassSave home energy assessment, the local utility (through MassSave) reimburses homeowners for 75 percent of assessment recommendations up to $2,000. Chesterfield residents are now incentivized to make further efficiency improvements through the town’s reimbursement of up to $1,000 in additional costs – for total potential savings of $3,000 on efficiency and weatherization measures.
Energy Committee Chair Joe Gazillo said Chesterfield residents are motivated to participate in the program for reasons related to both saving money and protecting the environment.
“The goal of the Commonwealth’s Green Communities program is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut our carbon footprint. In a community like ours, where most homes are heated with oil, this is done most effectively at the household level,” he said. “This program is protecting the environment and saving money, and it helps people to feel better about their community.”
Over 40 people attended the program information sessions last fall, and the town is planning additional sessions to introduce more residents to the program later this winter and in the spring.