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Greenfield looking for energy savings for residents

GREENFIELD — Homeowners and renters in Precincts 3, 4 and 6 may soon hear a knock at the door — a sound that could eventually means thousands of dollars in savings.

The town is sending out six Energy Smart Homes canvassers, who will discuss with and match landlords, homeowners and renters with programs and funding to assist with weatherization and energy-efficiency upgrades to their homes and apartments.

The Energy Smart Homes program is a collaboration of the town and the Greening Greenfield Energy Committee, along with a half-dozen local agencies, according to the town.

Greenfield is paying the canvassers with a grant it received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Canvassers will go door-to-door through the first week of November and talk with residents about energy efficiency. They will ask questions about household sizes, incomes and energy usage to determine what each household might be eligible for and which programs would be the best fit for each.

According to Carrie Petrik-Huff, the town’s Smart Homes coordinator, many homes in Greenfield are more than 100 years old and many are not insulated, or very poorly insulated.

Without proper insulation, heat can easily pass through walls and roofs, as well as let the cold air in, making homes uncomfortable, drafty and expensive to heat, said Petrik-Huff.

“Greenfield boasts more weatherization resources than most other regions in Massachusetts,” said Mayor William Martin. “By taking advantage of the great resources available for renters, landlords and homeowners of all income levels, residents can permanently lower energy bills by as much as 30 percent or more and make their homes far more comfortable in the process.”

Greenfield currently has four energy programs it offers to its residents, which provide from $2,000 to $35,000 for energy upgrades.

For more information, call 413-772-1389 or e-mail: epa_coordinator@greenfield-ma.gov.

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