Weatherize MDI 2018 was one of A Climate to Thrive's (ACTT) steps toward energy independence for MDI. In winter, many of us wish for warmer and cozier homes and worry about skyrocketing heating bills.
Through Weatherize MDI, New England Energy Consulting, an Efficiency Maine energy advisor certified through the Building Performance Institute, provided:
- 80 Free energy consultations
- 20 Weatherization MDI contracts
- 10% discount on air sealing, insulation, and energy efficient heat pumps and water heaters.
Efficiency Maine kicked in:
- Up to $2,500 rebates on air sealing & insulation
- Insulation can save up to 40% off your heating bill
- When combined with an insulation project, air sealing may cost $300 after rebates and save $200 per year or $2,000 over 10 years.
- Up to $750 rebates on air or water heat pumps
We would like to thank First National bank for their generous support of our Weatherize MDI program in its first year. Thanks also goes to our vendor, Mark Burnett and his staff from New England Energy Consulting, who:
We learned that reaching low-income families who are most in need is very difficult due to a number of factors. As a result, we initiated and built new relationships with other service providers, with whom we will continue to work with in the future.
All in all, Weatherize MDI was another big step in a process of weatherizing Maine homes that our partner Efficiency Maine began back in 1997.
New England Energy Consulting’s owners, Mark and Dawna Burnett, both retired veterans, have a wealth of knowledge and experience with weatherization, energy efficiency, and environmental practices; and a deep commitment to customer education, service, and cost savings.
“Most people don’t realize that 6” of concrete in your basement has less R value than a single pane of glass. Imagine the heat loss (and money loss) when the outside temperature is minus 5!” says Mark Burnett. “We are happy to point out ways that homeowners can save more money through “do-it-yourself” projects and which things are best to leave to the professionals.”
Preventing energy waste is the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to address climate change. “Energy efficiency upgrades like air sealing, insulation, or replacing an old heating system reduced our heating bills by two thirds in our previous home,” says ACTT Coordinator, Joe Blotnick.
In addition to reducing energy bills, weatherization reduces asthma and improves your health in the process, according to the U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy.
We worked with WindowDressers who offer a very affordable way to deal with your leaky windows. As part of our energy consults, participants learned about their inserts that save, on average, ten to twenty percent on fuel consumption which translates in most cases to payback within the first heating season.
With 30% of building heat loss occurring through windows, WindowDressers volunteers manufacture insulating inserts which, when placed in windows, reduce the need for heat during cold seasons. Stopping this avenue of heat loss reduces fuel oil use and CO2 production simultaneously.
Do you own a mobile home or receive heating fuel assistance?
Then you are eligible for a FREE $1,000 Energy Upgrade Bundle:
- Air Sealing - reduces air infiltration and increases comfort
- Basic Insulation
For $500 you can get $1,500 of insulation with a rebate.
Reducing the amount of air that leaks in and out of your home is a cost-effective way to reduce heating costs, as well as increase the comfort of your home.
A recent Maine housing stock study indicated that more than 80% of Maine homes have inadequate insulation in at least one area. Insulating to recommended levels in Maine attics, basements and walls can cut heating costs by 40% or more.
Efficiency Maine offers all homeowners up to $5,000 in rebates and access to $15,000 in low-interest financing at 4.99% to pay for air sealing, insulation and more.
For more information on what Weatherize MDI can do for you, read these home case studies from our sister project in Vermont. They include project descriptions, and data on costs, rebates, and return of investment (ROI). It pays!