Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Home Energy Assessment?
A Home Energy Assessment is an analysis of a home’s energy consumption. We’ll evaluate your house, explain where it is inefficient, then provide recommendations for next steps to increase its efficiency. Our assessments are at no cost to homeowners.
How can the assessments be at no cost to homeowners?
Our assessments are funded by the Mass Save® program. Each utility bill in Massachusetts contains an “energy efficiency charge” which contributes to the program. Sign up for an assessment to make the most of your contributions!
Are Home Energy Assessments invasive?
We’ve seen many, many homes in our time, and we equip our Energy Specialists with tools to get around a large variety of challenging home obstacles. No worries if you are in the middle of moving, have kids, or your house is just a little messy. We’ll work around it. All you have to do is let us in, and we’ll take it from there.
What if I don't want to do any of the recommendations?
That's not a problem at all! Getting an energy assessment doesn't mean you're obligated to do anything else. Feel free to pick and choose which work you'd like to get done.
Do you do the work yourself?
Yep! The Home Energy Assessments, HVAC, and Insulation & Air Sealing are all handled in-house. We are also currently partnered with industry-leading companies to offer solar and other additional services.
How often may I have an assessment?
Massachusetts residents are eligible for a Home Energy Assessment every three years. We'll be there for you when you're eligible again.
What if I can't afford to make my home more energy efficient?
Mass Save® provides many incentives and rebates to make improvements more affordable. Our Moderate Income Incentive provides insulation installing and air sealing at no-cost for income-qualified customers. With each assessment, we’re also able to install no-cost saving measures such as LED light bulbs, low-flow showerheads, and programmable thermostats. Even if nothing else, getting an assessment will still give you valuable information and improve your home’s energy efficiency.
What is a smart power strip?
A smart power strip will automatically shut off power and turn on power to devices that work with your TV. It works by electronically unplugging all of the devices that are plugged into it's automatic outlets when the device plugged into the control switch on the power strip is turned off. At your home energy assessment, the HomeWorks Energy Specialist will show you and explain how the device works and how it can save you energy.
How do I get information on the refrigerator, washer/ electric dryer rebates?”
During a home energy assessment, the HomeWorks Energy Specialist will inspect your appliances and if they are approved you will be provided with the needed information and documentation to submit for your rebate(s).
Can you replace my CFLs for LEDs?
The Mass Save program only allows replacement of non-energy efficient bulbs. CFL’s are already efficient so we focus on replacing any incandescent light bulbs you may have. During your home energy assessment, the HomeWorks Energy Specialist will examine and replace all those light bulbs that qualify