- Written by Jessica Riel
- Published: 23 August 2016
Lower your fuel bill, lower your electric bill
Two FREE upcoming events, “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.
Franklin County Towns
The first session will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 4, at the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, Mass. To register, contact Gretchen Smith, Benefits Counseling Coordinator at LifePath (formerly Franklin County Home Care) at 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259 or by email.
North Quabbin Towns
The second session will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 5, at the Athol Senior Center, 82 Freedom St., Athol, Mass. To register, contact Cathy Savoy, Athol COA and Senior Center Director, at 978-249-8986 or 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:
- Edward Rutledge, Energy Outreach Specialist from the Center for EcoTechnology, will demystify the cause of those unwanted drafts that breeze through your home and provide solutions for better indoor comfort year round. Ed will also 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 HEAT loans for energy efficiency improvements.
- 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 to reduce their heating bills by improving home energy efficiency.
- 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, utility discounts, and all other energy-related programs.
Space is limited; please call to reserve a seat. Both events are FREE, sponsored by the Benefits Counseling Program at LifePath, and open to the public for seniors, caregivers, and home care agency staff. Food will be served.