Want to learn how you can save money on your home energy bills and have some fun at the same time? Head on over to the Melrose Energy Challenge Workshop at City Hall on Sunday, Nov. 13. This free event runs from 2-3:30 p.m.

What is the Melrose Energy Challenge? It's a partnership between the Melrose Energy Commission and Next Step Living, a Mass Save participating Home Performance Contractor. Through this program, Melrose residents are being encouraged to sign up for no-cost home energy assessments and learn about Mass Save rebates.

(You can also participate in the Mass Save Home Energy Assessment Program by contacting Mass Save directly at 866-527-7283, or by visiting www.masssave.com.)

At the Nov. 13 workshop, there will be children's activities, free refreshments and raffle prizes. In addition, energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) will be given to the first 50 people who attend. You'll also learn about the benefits of a free home energy assessment.

A Mass Save energy assessment by Next Step Living helps homeowners save energy through:

  • Energy-efficiency recommendations
  • Free compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)
  • 75 percent rebates on future insulation upgrades (up to $2,000)
  • Zero percent financing for qualified improvements
  • Information about other available rebates


Mayor Rob Dolan took the Melrose Energy Challenge on Oct. 25, having his home assessed by Next Step Living. "This is a terrific opportunity for all Melrose residents," he said.

"You don't realize how much energy you're wasting and many simple things you can do to save energy in your home. The assessment is free and then you can decide what improvements to make. In the long run, you wind up saving a lot of money and help protect the environment."

Melrose Police Chief Michael Lyle and City Planner Denise Gaffey have also had home energy assessments, and State Senator Katherine Clark is in the process of scheduling one.

"The home energy assessor who came to my house was very professional and thorough," said Chief Lyle. "They installed free energy-efficient light bulbs in every fixture and now I'm considering adding some solar panels too to reduce my energy bill."

Through a special program, nonprofit organizations can earn $5 for each energy assessment by one of their members.


Thanks to Melrose Patch for publishing this article!


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