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Landlords and tenants can both benefit from a no-cost energy assessment (contact Mass Save at 866-527-7283). 

Landlords: Even if tenants pay for their own utilities, there are multiple benefits to landlords if they weatherize the building and increase the efficiency of its equipment, lighting and appliances:

  1. Weatherized buildings have lower rates of tenant turnover.
  2. Weatherized buildings have less need for space heaters that can cause fire risk.
  3. More efficient apartments offer better protection against energy prices spikes and extreme weather conditions — making it easier for tenants to make rent.
  4. A properly weatherized building is more weather resistant and is in better repair.
  5. Insulation can lessen the chance of frozen pipes.
  6.  Low-income tenants can qualify the landlord for the Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program. See below for more info.

Tenants: Even if the landlord pays the utilities, tenants can be motivated to conserve knowing they can make a difference reducing dependence on foreign sources of energy and reducing pollution. Programmable thermostats can be very convenient—warming up your house in time for the alarm to go off in the morning, for example.

If the tenant pays utilities, but can't invest in big building improvements like insulation, they can still find many low- or no-cost or portable ways to save. Efficient light bulbs, programmable thermostats, and low-flow showerheads Are free with a no-cost Mass Save Home Energy Assessment. And behavior changes are the cheapest—like turning off lights and electronics, using cold water for laundry, and hanging laundry to dry.

Low-Income Tenants:  Weatherization Assistance is free to single-family and two- or three-family homes, if more than half the units have low-income qualifying tenants.  Typically, this program covers air sealing, insulation, appliance management, and heating system repairs.  Call our office if you are unsure about which local agency is the one that can best serve you and we will point you to the right office.