Workshop to address tenant comfort, reducing energy bills

Staff Writer
Published: 6/13/2019 5:47:46 PM
Modified: 6/13/2019 5:47:35 PM

MONTAGUE — In its efforts to address climate change in “small replicable ways,” a group that joined together to combat climate change is holding a free workshop on how landlords and tenants can reduce their energy bills and make their living spaces more comfortable.

The workshop will be held on Monday, June 24 from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at the Great Falls Discovery Center.

Sally Pick, of Drawdown Montague and the Montague Energy Committee, said the two groups joined forces with Community Action Pioneer Valley and the Center for EcoTechnology to organize the event, with the purpose of combating climate change.

“It’s an economic justice issue (and) it’s an equality issue,” Pick said of a frequent lack of energy efficiency at rental properties. “It’s an equality issue. Why should the people with the lowest incomes have to pay the highest percentage of their income on their utilities?”

Participants will learn about free energy assessments, getting 75 percent off insulation, free light bulbs, and, for buildings with tenants whose income qualifies, eligibility for free replacement refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers and complete weatherizing. Attendees can sign up at the event to start receiving these incentives.

“Efficiencies benefit both tenants and landlords,” Pick said. “For example, if insulation is installed, it helps keep the apartment warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. The tenant is more likely to stay in a comfortable and cozy place, and it makes it more affordable for the landlords. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Information on a range of incentives for capital improvements to buildings will also be available. Free food and beverages will be included.

Reach Melina Bourdeau at or 413-772-0261 ext. 263.


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