Brookline Celebrates 200th Home Weatherization, Saving Energy and Money for Town Residents
Green Homes Brookline, a Town-sponsored initiative to promote more energy efficient homes, today announced that it has completed 200 full home weatherization upgrades since the program’s launch in 2010. These home improvements are creating tangible economic and environmental benefits, saving Brookline residents an estimated $56,000 per year on their energy bills while preventing the emission of 240 metric tons of greenhouse gases annually. The greenhouse gas impact is equivalent to taking 47 passenger vehicles off the road each year or recycling 84 tons of waste instead of sending it to the landfill.
"The success of Green Homes Brookline means not only are Brookline residents saving energy, but reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well,” said Jesse Mermell, Selectman for the Town of Brookline. “The 200th weatherization speaks to the commitment and hard work of town staff, local groups like Climate Action Brookline, and Next Step Living organizers."
The 200th home weatherization marks another milestone for Green Homes Brookline, which previously announced in March that it had completed 600 no-cost Home Energy Assessments. These assessments are funded by the utilities NSTAR and National Grid through the Mass Save Residential Energy Services Program, enabling residential customers to save up to 5% of their electricity costs annually through the installation of CFL light bulbs, faucet aerators and programmable thermostats. As of July 20th, 1,092 Green Homes Brookline Home Energy Assessments have now been completed.
Weatherization upgrades build off of the assessments to include enhanced insulation and air sealing, allowing renters and homeowners to realize additional energy savings of up to $300 to $500 overall offtheir annual energy bills. Under the Mass Save program, eligible residents can receive 75 percent off up to $2,000 on insulation upgrades.
“74% of Brookline’s carbon footprint is due to residents, and a large portion of that is due to home energy use,” said Paul Harris, co-chair of Climate Action Brookline. “The Green Homes Brookline program has been one of the most effective ways to help reduce carbon emissions from the Town and its residents and we are thrilled with its success.”
To determine eligibility for specific incentives and for more information on how to enroll in Green Homes Brookline, residents should call Next Step Living at (866) 867-8729 or visit www.GreenHomesBrookline.org.
Residents who qualify for Fuel Assistance or are on a utility discount rate should contact Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) at 617-357-6012 to learn more about no-cost weatherization and insulation.
Green Homes Brookline is a Town led initiative that helps Brookline residents save energy and money by making their homes more energy efficient. The Town is working with energy efficiency leader Next Step Living, utility companies, community organizations and local businesses to serve Brookline residents.