The Belmont Energy Committee and thermal imaging company Sagewell, Inc. have joined forces to launch a pilot program offering Belmont homeowners free, comprehensive home energy assessments to save energy and money.
But this is no ordinary home energy assessment. The pilot program uses exterior thermal images to pinpoint exactly where heat is leaking to make the most effective improvements possible.
The program is available on a “first come, first serve” basis to the first 100 home owners who use natural gas from National Grid to heat their homes. Home owners can request their no-cost comprehensive energy assessment and thermal images at www.sagewell.com by signing up by Sept. 14.
“We are excited about launching this program,” says Belmont Energy Committee Vice Chair Jan Kruse.
“A thermal image of where a home is losing heat helps homeowners see exactly where they need to make improvements. Losing heat is like burning money in your chimney. And now is the time to take action to take advantage of utility rebates and benefits which expire at the end of the year,” said Kruse.
Seeing energy leaking from the house is first step. Then conducting an in-home energy assessment comes next. It allows homeowners to fully realize the energy savings in their homes.
To get started, homeowners go to www.sagewell.com, enter their address in the “Find your home” box, complete the form to request thermal images and a utility-sponsored in-home energy assessment, and then tell friends and neighbors.
Sagewell, Inc. drove through Belmont this past winter with a hybrid vehicle equipped with thermal heat loss sensors to help homeowners see where their homes may be leaking energy. (Some Belmont buildings do not have images because of blocked views from roadways due to trees, bushes or fences between the home and road, or because some streets in Belmont were not covered.)
Sagewell’s thermal images show only heat loss from buildings. They are privacy-protected and available only to homeowners. They are not shared with any third parties without the home owner’s permission.
There is no cost to homeowners for this program, but the pilot is limited to the first 100 natural gas heated homes. The in-home energy assessment part of the pilot, which is already fully paid through utility bill charges, gives qualified homeowners access to substantially discounted energy efficiency products and services, including a 75 percent insulation discount - up to $2,000 - and access to zero percent interest loans for qualified improvements such as single pane window replacement and heating system replacement.
After submitting a request for their thermal images at Sagewell.com, homeowners will receive a request confirmation via email and another email when the images are ready. They will also be contacted by an approved in-home energy assessment company who will carry out the free in-home assessment.
“We would like to make this program available to all homeowners in Belmont if the pilot program is well received,” noted Energy Committee Co-Chair Ian Todreas.
“We hope that people will take advantage of this opportunity to save money by making energy improvements before the winter sets in.”