During this recent Arctic blast, many of us have been wishing for warmer and cozier homes and worrying about our skyrocketing heating bills. Fortunately, A Climate to Thrive (ACTT) is gearing up to launch its next big project toward energy independence: Weatherize MDI.
“If you’ve ever thought about tightening your jome or business, this is the time to do it!” said Gary Friedmann, who chairs the ACTT board. “Significant discounts and top-notch service through our pre-vetted contractor make this a no-brainer.”
ACTT just completed the biggest Solarize project in Maine, through which homeowners saved 10% off solar panels through bulk purchasing. Through Weatherize MDI, New England Energy Consulting will provide free energy consultations and a 10% discount on air sealing, insulation, and energy efficient heating units and water heaters.
They will also make it easy to get substantial rebates and low interest financing through Efficiency Maine. Even greater rebates -- up to 95% for families who receive heating assistance or live in mobile homes – are available.
Weatherize MDI will be launched at the ACTT Summit: Powering Our Future at MDI High School on January 28. Educational programs at MDI libraries and open houses will be held in February and March. Contracts must be signed by the end of March to get special pricing.
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.
Basic air sealing alone can save you 10 to 15 percent, easily paying for itself in a year or two. 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.
ACTT has been collecting energy use and cost data on MDI municipal buildings and schools to help MDI towns save money by tightening these buildings in the coming year. For more information on making your home warmer and cozier next winter, and cooler this summer.