Program on track to bring locals energy savings
A company that is part of a City of Boston weatherization program is now projecting that homes participating in the program are on track to initially save an average of $200 to $300 per household in annual energy savings.
The company is Next Step Living Inc., a privately held Boston firm that specializes in energy efficiency audits and energy upgrades for home owners.
In June, the city launched a pilot weatherization project as part of its Renew Boston Residential Energy Efficiency Program. Next Step Living is a partner in that pilot program; other partners include NStar, National Grid, the Mass Energy Consumers Alliance, Action for Boston Community Development Inc., and Boston Connects Inc.
Through the program, Boston residents have received comprehensive audits, safety checks, and implementation of measures that save homeowners money; those initial measures included air sealing, wrapping hot water pipes, and upgrades of insulation and lighting, Next Step Living said.
After analyzing the early data from the 150 homes that are part of the project, Next Step Living said that those homes are on pace to collectively realize at least $40,000 in annual energy savings. Additional improvements could increase that amount, the company said.
The company's press release included a statement from Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who said, "Residences account for 35 percent of all wasted energy, and the City of Boston is taking advantage of this opportunity to show the country that through committed partnerships, we can make major strides in energy savings, community building, and green job creation."
The full program could result in the creation of more than 50 "green jobs," Next Step Living said.