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REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL Inc. Weatherize Worcester
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Why are people not doing efficiency work? • Afraid it will be too expensive • Too complicated • Lack of awareness • I will sell my house soon • Need permission from landlords • Difficult to change custom and habit
WeatherizeWorcester • Target 5 lowest income neighborhoods • Energy Efficiency as a Environmental Justice issue • Educate residents about low cost energy saving measures • Encourage folks to sign up for free energy audits • Encourage folks to do deeper energy retrofits • Build relationships between landlords and tenants during audit and weatherization
What we need to know • Resources for current weatherization programs in the state are not equitably distributed. • Rising cost of utilities. Typical MA home spends about $1900 a month on home utility bills. • Weatherization reduces the dependent on fossil fuels and reduces cost burden on families • Less fossil fuels reduces climate change challenges
Energy Trends • Increase of Mass Save audits National Grid and NSTAR • Increase in eligibility for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program • “For 2010-2011 there are 9049 households eligible within Worcester zip codes. Some of these units have been weatherized over the past years through the Low-Income Weatherization Program/Utility Conservation programs. Over the past 5 years the number of households eligible for LIHEAP has gone up each year and we saw a large increase in fy2009 when the state increased the income eligibility to 60% of state median income. The HWAP, DOEWAP, and AMP’s programs are all based off the LIHEAP eligibility.” Personal communication, Mark Sanborn, WCAC, 2011 Personal communication, William Stack Residential Energy Efficiency Program, NSTAR, 2011
Tips to Save Energy TodayEasy low-cost and no-cost ways to save energy • Install a programmable thermostat to keep your house comfortably during Summer and winter • Turn off your computer and monitor • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs with the ENERGY STAR® label. • Look for the ENERGY STAR label on home appliances and products • Unplug home electronics such as TVs, Computer games, and DVD players when not in use
What do people lose when they do energy audit s • Some one coming to your house for about 1hr or 2hrs and changing you light bulbs. • People already contribute to this program through the efficiency charges on your utility bills • Reduces fossils fuels and enjoy a cleaner environment. • Reduces the cost burden families
How can people participate? • sign up for free energy audit. • Engage in low cost energy efficiency measures. • Follow through with deeper retrofit recommendations. • People can contact Koby or Benito at the Regional Environmental Council (5087999139 or 5087568585)