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What is a Mass Save® Home Energy Assessment?

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on Sep 6, 2018 7:30:00 AM

I learned two things from my free Mass Save® home energy assessment last year: both the attic insulation and windows of my home are in great shape. This was good news to hear before investing in central air conditioning. The auditor also helped me prioritize home energy projects on my honey-do list.

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Topics: Mass Save, Green

Replacing a Furnace? A MassSAVE Home Energy Assessment can help.

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Sep 5, 2018 6:10:00 AM

When you first consider the home improvements which will increase your home value, you probably think about a new coat of paint, some landscaping improvements, or the proper staging of your home while it's on the market. While these are all effective methods for increasing your home's overall appeal, there is another thing to consider - the energy efficiency of your HVAC system. Through the Mass Save Home Energy Assessment program, you can even get an interest free loan to upgrade your furnace.

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4 Questions to Ask Before Going Solar

Posted by MoneyWisdom Newsletter on Jan 17, 2018 4:52:42 AM

Thinking about going solar? These four questions will get you started.

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Topics: Mass Save, solar energy, Home Ownership

5 Energy-Saving Tips for the Holidays

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Dec 15, 2017 12:00:01 PM

The holidays can be an energy guzzler. The Christmas lights are hung and turned on 24/7. The oven is busy baking gingerbread cookies, yams, turkey, etc. The whole family is at home and turns on all of the lights...and the television...and the computer. Between driving to stores to buy gifts and attend holiday dinners and parties, the car gets double its normal use.

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Topics: Money Management, Mass Save, budget

Is solar energy right for your home?

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Aug 7, 2017 2:14:03 PM

The decision to go solar involves more factors than just how sunny your neighborhood is. 

In making a decision on solar power there are four key factors to consider. They influence each household differently but can help you calculate the cost-benefit trade-off of solar on your home.

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Topics: Mass Save, Home Ownership, solar

An Outside Guide to Prepping Your Home for Winter

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Nov 3, 2016 9:19:08 AM

Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend, and that means winter isn’t far away. Now is the time to finish prepping your home for the transition to colder weather. In today’s blog, I share some vulnerable spots on your home that you should prioritize as you get ready for a new season.

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Topics: Mass Save, Home Ownership

An Inside Guide to Prepping Your Home for Winter

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Oct 25, 2016 8:34:45 AM


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Does adding insulation increase your home's value?

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Oct 6, 2016 1:44:00 PM

As a home owner, I often find myself researching how to increase home value without emptying my savings.  My neighbors seem to have some pretty creative ideas, one added landscaping, another updated a bathroom.  These ways were well and good, but I needed something a little different, something that would not only increase home value, but also help me in my day-to-day home ownership expenses.  The one thing I kept coming back to was insulation.

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Topics: Mass Save, Home Ownership

How one homeowner saved $2300 a year on fuel oil

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Sep 15, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Mass Save Financing for Residential Customers

I just got off the phone with my uncle.  Since the original publishing of this article on December 16, 2011, he has paid off his MassSave Heat Loan and still loves the efficiency he gets from the furnace they recommended at this Home Energy Assessment!

Get Energy Efficient, Interest Free

My uncle lives in a circa 1790 farmhouse in Williamstown, MA.  It's one of those rustic old American houses that started as little more than a cabin and was added to over the years to become a large, beautiful house.  Though beautiful, the house was grossly inefficient regarding heat.

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Topics: Mass Save, Home Ownership

Make Your Home Green and Save Green

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Mar 16, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Tired of high energy bills? Sitting in the dark or turning off the heat is not your only option. From caulking to replacing your water heater to installing solar panels, there is a variety of projects you may be able to undertake to improve your home’s energy efficiency and reduce your carbon footprint.

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Topics: Home Equity, Mass Save, Home Ownership, Green

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