LEX 350 MM article Nat’l Grid rebates March 26 issue

Got Gas? If So, You’ve Got a Golden Rebate Opportunity

National Grid natural gas residential customers in Massachusetts have a golden opportunity to be rewarded for making their homes more energy efficient. If you use natural gas, you are eligible for a rebate of 75% of the cost (up to $2,000) of implementing weatherization measures in your home. These measures include insulation (attic, wall, basement, crawl space, rim joist, or pipe), ductwork leakage testing and sealing, and a full energy audit (including blower door test and infrared scan), and air infiltration sealing. Weatherization is the most cost-effective first-step you can take to improve fuel efficiency, provide added comfort in you living space, and realize savings up to 20% on your heating and cooling costs.

Weatherization must be performed by a contractor that is pre-approved by National Grid. (For a list of approved contractors in Massachusetts, go to: http://thinksmartthinkgreen.com/files/NE_Weatherize_Contractors.pdf.) All measures must be completed between 9/1/2008 and 11/30/2009 to qualify. To start the weatherization process, simply select a pre-approved contractor near you. Your contractor will complete the necessary paperwork to initiate your rebate. The Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition (LexGWAC) strongly recommends that if you have not already had an energy audit that includes a blower door test and infrared scan performed in your home by a reputable company, do so before any weatherization work is initiated. Your audit should include a report that identifies measures specific to your home that will yield the most effective results. LexGWAC members have used Next Step Living (www.nextsteplivinginc.com) and Byggmeister (www.byggmeister.com), both of which are approved weatherization contractors. (For more information on the National Grid rebate program, go to: http://thinksmartthinkgreen.com/service/magas.html#weatherization)

In addition to the National Grid program, a federal tax credit may be available for 30% of the cost of insulation (up to $1,500). For more information on the federal program, go to: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=products.pr_tax_credits#c2.

The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million (ppm), we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth.” (CO2 levels in the atmosphere are now at about 387 ppm, up almost 40% since the industrial revolution and the highest for at least the last 650,000 years.) Brought to you by the Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition (www.lexgwac.org).