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Energy Savings for Seniors

Free Energy Events for Seniors:

Lower Your Fuel Bill, Lower Your Electric Bill

iStock 000016386062XSmallTwo FREE upcoming events on Energy Savings for Seniors will share information with persons age 60 and over about the benefits for which they qualify that can help them save money on home energy bills and obtain rebates for energy efficient appliances.

The first session will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 18, at the Athol Senior Center, 82 Freedom St., Athol, MA. To register, contact Cathy Savoy, Athol COA and Senior Center Director, at 978-249-8986 or Gretchen Smith, Benefits Counseling Coordinator at LifePath, at 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The second session will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 24, at the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. To register, contact Gretchen Smith at the above phone numbers or email address.

Experts from local agencies will explain what funds are available for fuel assistance and weatherization and how to obtain utility discounts, rebates, and 0% home energy loans. After the presentations, one-on-one consultations will be available.

The following guest speakers will appear on one or both days:

  • The Center for EcoTechnology’s Outreach Specialist, Marin Goldstein, will demystify the cause of those pesky drafts that breeze through your home and provide solutions for better indoor comfort year round.
  • Pat Larson from North Quabbin Energy will speak briefly about energy conservation and winserts (interior storm windows).
  • John Keeney from the New England Farm Workers’ Council (serving North Quabbin towns), or Tracey Kellam-Masloski from Community Action (serving Franklin County towns) will explain LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program), the fuel assistance program available to both homeowners and renters that helps pay winter fuel bills (oil, propane, wood, coal, gas, or electric) and allows participants to receive discounts on their home phone and electrical bills.
  • Krista Ford-Rhodes from the Montachusett Opportunity Council (serving North Quabbin towns), or Peter Wingate from Community Action (serving Franklin County towns), will explain the free Weatherization, Heating System Repair, and Appliance Replacement Programs designed to assist low-income households reduce their heating bills by improving home energy efficiency.
  • Brenda Pike from National Grid, or Kate Agin from Western Massachusetts Electric Company, will explain the utility-based energy efficiency programs including no-cost home energy audits, incentives for insulation, lighting, heating, and water system upgrades, and 0% HEAT loans for energy efficiency improvements.
  • Gretchen Smith, Benefits Counseling Coordinator at LifePath, will explain how LifePath works with all seniors (low and moderate income, homeowners and renters) to provide assistance with the application process for LIHEAP, Mass Save, and all other energy related programs.

Space is limited; please call to reserve a seat. Both events are FREE and sponsored by the Benefits Counseling Program at LifePath and are open to the public for seniors, caregivers, and home care agency staff. Food will be served.

More help is always available through the Benefits Counseling Program. To meet one-on-one with a Benefits Counselor, call 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.