ARCHIVE 2010

SAVE $$ - SAVE ENERGY , Free workshop for renters, homeowners & Landlords

GCTV, 393 MAIN STREET
Want to reduce your home energy costs? Come to a FREE Save $$ - Save Energy Workshop for renters, homeowners and landlords and learn how to find FREE assessments and $2000-$5000 to upgrade your home.

This free workshop, organized by the Greening Greenfield Energy Committee (GGEC), will be held on Tuesday, November 16, 6:30 pm at the Greenfield Community TV studio, 393 Main Street. Refreshments will be served.

“There is a dizzying array of programs for people of all income and ownership levels that offer free services and funds to help people cut their energy costs and upgrade their homes,” said Daria Fisk, Greening Greenfield Energy Committee member and workshop MC. “I have worked in the field of energy for over 30 years, and I’ve never seen such great opportunities.”

As winter approaches, we are faced again with the high cost of heating fuels and electricity, and older New England homes that are often drafty and uncomfortable. Many people are caught in the squeeze, and don’t know what they can do to reduce their energy costs.

Local, state and federal agencies, and utility companies have created these programs as an investment in America’s future. “These programs are designed to help Americans reduce their energy use because they want to improve the economy, which, in part, is struggling because of high fuel costs and our dependence on foreign oil,” said Nancy Hazard energy consultant and member of GGEC. “They also want to reduce our climate change emissions, and cutting down on the amount of fossil fuels we burn is the best way to do this.”

At this workshop, program directors and others from Community Action, the Town of Greenfield, Franklin County Home Care Corp, and Mass Save will share what they can offer. Attendees will learn about free home assessments, $2,000-$5,000 free money for upgrades of one to four-family apartments and homes, and zero percent interest loans up to $15,000, and assistance in filling out applications. Attendees will also likely be surprised to learn that income eligibility guidelines for some programs begin at $56,300 for a family of three. The presentations will be followed by Q&A and discussion groups.

“Helping people keep energy dollars in their pockets, rather than in the utility companies' pockets, is one of the goals of GGEC and the Greenfield 10% Challenge,” says Susan Worgaftik GGEC member and 10% Challenge co-creator. Susan will talk about her experience in upgrading her home through the Mass Save program. Her talk will be followed by Peter Wingate of Community Action, Chris Baronas of Franklin County Home Care, and Brenda Church from the Town of Greenfield’s Rehab program.

The workshop will be taped and posted on GCTV’s new web site at www.gctv.org. It will also be aired on GCTV several times over the next 6 weeks. Greening Greenfield Energy Committee (GGEC), organizer of the workshop, works with Greenfield residents and the Town of Greenfield using ‘greening’ as the inspirational and economic engine to build a more sustainable Greenfield so that current and future generations can enjoy life in this beautiful abundant valley. To find out more about this workshop, GGEC and the Greenfield 10% Challenge go to www.GreeningGreenfield.org or call 773-7004.

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