Al and Cal Homes and Community: Why You Should Have A Mass Save Energy Audit

Why You Should Have A Mass Save Energy Audit

Why You Should Have A Mass Save Energy Audit

It started when I went on a listing appointment.   The Seller who was renovating an old house told me that he had Mass Save come out and do an energy audit of the home.    It was free, but better than that, they paid for the majority of his insulation work, and if that was not enough, he received rebates on all kinds of energy saving things!MA Save Energy Audit

 The Skeptical side of me, thought that, yea, there is always a catch, but after hearing the heat whirl all week with the cold temps and wearing an Eskimo suit just to watch T.V., I thought, what the hey, and gave them a call.    Mass Save Web Site.

 My first hand experience.   I contacted them and  let them know that I was  interested in having an energy audit.    They asked a couple of questions like, "were we customers of NStar or National Grid".    I furnished them with the little information they asked for and they set up an appointment for the next week.  The appointment would take 2-3 hours.    I couldn't imagine why, but whatever.

The Appointment.   The guy shows up.  On time, mind you.    He met  Al at the garage and started there.    He checked the foundation and doors for air leakage (that's my term), and the furnace for efficiency.    Did the same with doors and windows, checked for insulation in the attic and walls.   Yes, he had a cool infra red kind of thing to see into the walls.    He was very thorough and professional.   

The Verdict.  We did okay.   This house was built in the 80's.    We could use some more insulation in the attic and squeeze the breeze coming through the garage.    Our light bulbs are not up to the current energy standard, and neither are our shower heads.   He gave us info and answered my questions on air conditioning and also told us how a simple improvement could save us $20 a month.   All in all, I would say very through and informative and worth the time.  

But, It didn't stop there, and don't you. 

Keep Reading.  This is the Best Part!

We found out, just like the builder that prompted this audit said.. they will pay to have the insulation upgrade!   In our case, close to $2500!    For free, for real.    Also, if we purchase certain items, we get a rebate.     He changed all the light bulbs in the house to the more efficient kind and the shower heads too.    You can also get interest free loans if you qualify!    If we needed more, we could have received more incentives!   

The Down Side.     I don't see one.    In Al's opinion, the house is lit up like a Christmas tree!   


Call these people.     You can't lose!   

Carol-Ann Palmieri

Al and Cal Realty Group

Remax Executive Realty




Comment balloon 9 commentsCarol-Ann Palmieri • January 19 2013 04:37AM


Carol Ann: A very proactive stance by Mass Save to help out homeowners and save energy at the same time.  

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) over 6 years ago

Carol-Ann, great informational blog.  It appears that there is no down side with the Mass Save Energy Audit.

Posted by Pat & Steve Pribisko (Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West) over 6 years ago

Good morning, Carol Ann.... I can hear Al saying that!! funny..... I hate the way those light bulbs look.... I like recessed lights with normal bulbs.... I'll pay the price.

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 6 years ago

Hi Anita.   Who knew??


Hi Pat and Steve.   I really don't think so.   Just a few hours invested.  


Hi Barbara.    haha.   I knew you would say that!   

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 6 years ago

Caron Ann, we have a similar program in Ct as well. The newer homes are built with energy efficiency in mind but with over 80% homes not newer we need these programs as a nation to lower our use of energy sources. Here are two links you will be interested in.

The National Geographic “Great Energy Challenge” for Your Home.


New Energy Code in Connecticut and Nationwide.



Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) over 6 years ago

When has a utility offered money to a homeowner?  Wow, are you lucky.  Mass just upgraded your home and put more than $2,500 in your pocket.

Posted by Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty ( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida) over 6 years ago

Hmmm, I will have to see if we have something like that here Carol Ann.  Wow free insullation and that's definitley going to help put money in your pocket over the years!

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) over 6 years ago

Hi Cal,

I tried leaving you a comment on your blog when I was in the emrgency room of a local hospital last evening. I steeped on a plastic clothes hanger and my foot ached like a tooth ache. It is better now. My I-Pad crapped out and I left shortly after finishing your comment when one of the many sick with the flu got very sick and loud. More than I could handle.

The energy aduit in your neck of the woods is a great idea. I am not sure that it works like this here in texas. The lines/equipment  where we live are owned by Reliant and they have a program. For many good reasons over years of business I don't trust these guys. I use TXU as my provider as they tied my price to natural gas futures about 4 or more years ago. This has worked out very well for me. I think they have aprogram but I doubt that they do this for folks who live outside their main area of Dallas.

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 6 years ago
I am not sure who this will go to, but we recently had Mass Save come into our home, and the ran some test to see how to improve on the insulation and to make our home much more efficient. When the original auditor came, I watched him do some testing, and he showed me several problem areas throughout the house and he said "Mass Save could greatly improve the house energy efficiency."  By several way, including filling up insulation in walls where it had settled.
Next he gave me a print out and told me of the work they would do, I agreed to it, gave them a deposit and we waiting to hear back from them. Once all the details were worked out, they contacted one of the contractors for the job, and shortly thereafter I was contacted by them, and we agreed on an appointment date for the company to come by and work on our house. 
So I stayed home from work, and made ALL the necessary arrangements, such as clean 3 closets, a bedroom where the knee walls were that they were going to go in through the walls to insulate better. 
When the company came there seemed to be some confusion, they contacted MASS Save to see if they could clarify the work order, they asked for an auditor from MASS Save to come out at job site to make sure what looked like an error on the work order (work order was not properly marked). MASS Save did not send anyone out. So the company did what they could, made a real mess of 4 walls, and did a poor job on repairing the job a day or so later. We are very disappointed on the repair job. (Will send pictures if you would like to see it.) 
So this brings me up to yesterday. MASS SAVE comes by to re-inspect the work, and I ask him to scan the walls that the first person from MASS SAVE said they would fill up all the walls, that the previous insulation had settled, which was most of the walls. Both the inspector and I saw not one wall that was suppose to be filled up with new insulation was done. So I asked him to call someone to let them know that, I find this unacceptable, and what I got back in return for an answer, was "The program doesn't cover refilling up empty spaces from previous installations." 
I called the original inspector to talk to him about this, and now the verbiage changed to "The program doesn't cover refilling up empty spaces from previous installations." I find this kind of fishy, and asked him to please go to original quote (which I was looking at and it said on the quote, that they were going to fill the walls). Now I find this hard to believe, that the whole purpose of this program is to make homes more Energy Efficient, but there are some exceptions, which was not explained to before or during of the work that needed to be done. 
Prior to this turn of events, I was telling people what a great program MASS SAVE is, but my opinion has changed drastically. From now on, I will share my poor experience about MASS SAVE, whether it is face to face contact with someone or on the social media websites, as well any Internet websites that are related to this program. Basically saying "BUYER BEWARE!"
Not only this, the contractor who did the work, did not do a thorough job with the dormers that they were suppose to insulate and they will have to come back to fix what should have been done the first time, so now I have to miss my 4th day of work because of this. 
Posted by David about 6 years ago