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Free energy events for seniors and their caregivers

Lower your fuel bill, lower your electric bill

Two 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.

Energy Savings for Seniors 2015

Energy Savings for Seniors: Athol, Mass.

The first session will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 23, 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..

Energy Savings for Seniors: Turners Falls, Mass.

The second session will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What to expect at both sessions

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.

Local energy experts to present

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

  • Edward Rutledge, Energy Outreach Specialist from the Center for EcoTechnology, will demystify the cause of those pesky drafts that breeze through your home and provide solutions for better indoor comfort year round.
  • 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.
  • Karen Hulette 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, and Kate Agin from Eversource will explain the Mass Save 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.

Reserve your seat today!

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.

Get help from a Benefits Counselor

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 send us email

Read more about Benefits Counseling.