Thursday is Final Day to Sign Up for “Weatherize Brookline”
The following was written by Lara Curtis Hayes, Senior Planner for the Department of Planning & Community Development,
Thursday is the last day to sign up for “Weatherize Brookline,” a local contest to “save energy and buy local.” Brookline residents living in a one- to four-unit home or building who sign up for a no-cost home energy assessment by March 1st and complete it by April 1st will be entered into a chance to win up to $500 in gift cards to local Brookline businesses.
To date, 227 residents have signed up for the program, with 144 already completing home energy assessments between the launch of Weatherize Brookline on November 27, 2012, and today.
To sign up, Brookline residents should visit www.greenhomesbrookline.org or call Next Step Living at(866) 867-8729. Residents can also learn more about energy efficiency by attending the Weatherization Workshop hosted by Green Homes Brookline at the Coolidge Corner Library on 31 Pleasant St this Thursday, February 28th from 7-8:30 pm.
A 6’ tall “Weatherize Brookline” wood and plexi glass thermometer displays progress toward the campaign’s energy assessments goal inside the vestibule in Town Hall. Local shops like the Brookline Booksmith, Tiny Hanger, and the Fireplace Restaurant have displayed “Weatherize Brookline” posters in their stores with literature inviting customers to sign up.
Weatherize Brookline is a project of the town-sponsored Green Homes Brookline program and the Brookline Local First independent business initiative. Green Homes Brookline will continue beyond March 1st, when residents can still sign up for a no-cost Home Energy Assessment and 75% off – up to $2,000 – worth of insulation and air sealing in their homes. The only thing ending March 1st is the opportunity to win either $100 or $500 in gift cards to local businesses.
Green Homes Brookline is an innovative energy efficiency partnership with NSTAR and National Grid that provides no-cost Home Energy Assessments and generous energy efficiency incentives to Brookline residents utilizing the Mass Save Residential Energy Services program. The Town of Brookline is working with energy efficiency leader, Next Step Living, to serve residents, while Climate Action Brookline acts as a core partner for outreach and community support.
Formed in March 2012, Brookline Local First is a network of locally-owned, independent businesses. The mission is to build a strong local economy and vibrant community by educating residents and local government leaders about the significant environmental, economic, and cultural benefits of doing business with locally-owned, independent businesses.
Weatherize Brookline Official Contest Rules and eligibility details for program incentives are available online at www.greenhomesbrookline.org. To enroll or learn more information, residents should call Next Step Living at (866) 867-8729. 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.