Greenfield Housing Authority, Eversource to make Elm Terrace more energy efficient

  • Tom Guerino, executive director of the Greenfield Housing Authority, at Elm Terrace on Monday. Guerino said energy-efficient improvements being made at the housing complex, thanks to a partnership with Eversource, will have a significant impact on costs as well as residents’ comfort. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • The Elm Terrace housing complex in Greenfield, where Eversource is installing 180 heating and cooling systems that will save the Greenfield Housing Authority and the city about $5,000 annually in energy costs. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • The Elm Terrace housing complex in Greenfield, where Eversource is installing 180 heating and cooling systems that will save the Greenfield Housing Authority and the city about $5,000 annually in energy costs. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 3/12/2021 2:25:46 PM

GREENFIELD — Eversource’s installation of 180 heating and cooling systems at Elm Terrace is going to help the Greenfield Housing Authority and the city save about $5,000 annually in energy costs.

According to an Eversource press release, the energy company and the Greenfield Housing Authority partnered to make sure Elm Terrace — a low-income, senior and disabled housing complex — continues to remain affordable as improvements to energy efficiency are made.

The project will cost about $500,000 dollars, but it won’t cost the housing authority anything, according to Eversource. Instead, the money is being provided by the LEAN Multifamily Program under MassSave.

“We run the Greenfield Housing Authority on a tight budget and are always looking for ways to save on operating costs so we can put more back into the community for our residents, including providing social services,” Tom Guerino, executive director of the Greenfield Housing Authority, which manages Elm Terrace, said in the release. “In addition to the direct energy cost savings and enhanced comfort for our residents, these improvements will also have a significant impact on our maintenance time and costs, which has taken on even greater importance as we continue adapting to the pandemic.”

“The housing authority has been a great partner every step of the way, and we can’t wait to see how the year-after-year savings help them re-invest in their mission to serve the Greenfield community,” added Eversource Vice President of Energy Efficiency Tilak Subrahmanian.

Guerino said he hopes the equipment is delivered this week so installation can begin.

Action for Boston Community Development has also partnered with Eversource to provide the Greenfield Housing Authority with energy efficiency experts overseeing the scoping, analysis, installation and quality control of the half-million-dollar project, according to the release.

In addition to the new heating and cooling systems at Elm Terrace, the housing authority also made additional energy efficiency improvements, including installing LED bulbs and lighting fixtures, attic insulation, bathroom exhaust fans, low-flow shower heads, smart thermostats and air-source heat pumps for individual units. According to the release, the upgrades are expected to save more than 250,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, the greenhouse gas equivalent of taking about 40 passenger cars off the road.

Other customers interested in an energy assessment or other energy efficiency services and rebates should visit eversource.com.

Reach Anita Fritz at 413-772-9591 or afritz@recorder.com.


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