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Energy & Home Repair

Energy and Home Repair  

"To take something built in 1854 and bring it up to modern technology is quite impressive. This has been a terrific partnership.”
- Paul Hebert, CHAMP Homes (left),
with HAC's Al DiMuzio

Often, the one thing that makes an otherwise affordable home unaffordable is the cost of energy. In addition to wasting energy, an energy-inefficient home wastes money. HAC offers a number of services that help all Cape Codders save energy and save money.

Our state-certified auditors conduct energy assessments that help people understand and reduce their energy use. HAC conducts the energy assessments for low-income homeowners and tenants and serves as a Home Performance Contractor to oversee assessments for other homeowners.

In 2010, HAC’s energy team:

  • conducted energy audits on 357 homes to reduce electrical use
  • installed money and energy saving weatherization measures in nearly 325 single family homes
  • weatherized 75 rental units
  • repaired or replaced 649 heating systems
  • replaced 187 wasteful old refrigerators with Energy Star models

Free Energy Assessment!

About Energy Assessments

Installing weatherization measures is the first step everyone should take to make their homes warmer in winter and cooler in summer. These measures consist of air sealing open penetrations, blowing in insulation into attics and walls, and weather stripping windows and doors. HAC’s certified auditors inspect your home to determine what weatherization measures should be installed and then contract the work to one of our experienced contractors. All work is overseen by our auditors and our work is inspected by state and utility funding sources. Work is free if you receive fuel assistance or if your household income falls under 60% of the area median income (AMI).

HAC’s auditor will come to your home and test your electric appliances to show you where your electricity is being used. These trained auditors will leave you with a list of actions you can take to decrease your electricity usage and if determined eligible, your refrigerator may be replaced, free of charge, with a new energy efficient refrigerator. You will receive energy-saving light bulbs, water conservation and other energy savings devices.

To sign up, click the energy assessment button above or call the Cape Light Compact at 1-800-797-6699.

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HEARTWAP Program

If you have a no heat or an emergency heating problem during the winter months, HAC may help to solve your problem within 24 hours using the HEARTWAP program. This program allows HAC to replace and/or repair heating systems. Home owners who are on fuel assistance and Wareham tenants may receive a contribution toward heating system cleanings.

HAC also works with local PHA’s and owners of affordable multi-family housing units to ensure that these buildings are weatherized in order to maintain a high level of comfort and low utility costs. Funding is supplied by the Department of Community Development, Cape Light Compact, NGRID and NSTAR.

WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM – Single Family

Installing weatherization measures is the first step everyone should take to make their homes warmer in winter and cooler in summer. These measures consist of air sealing open penetrations, blowing in insulation into attics & walls and weather stripping windows and doors. After determining the correct amount of ventilation necessary to maintain a healthy home, and if the existing windows are in terrible condition, windows may also be replaced. HAC’s certified auditors inspect your home to determine what weatherization measures should be installed and then contract the work to one of our experienced contractors. All work is overseen by our auditors and our work is inspected by state and utility funding sources. Work is free if you receive Fuel Assistance or if your household income falls under 60% of the AMI.

Funding received from the Department of Energy through the Department of Housing and Community Development, Cape Light Compact, N-Grid gas and N-Star electric.

For more information, call Suzanne at 508-771-5400, ext. 123, or email her at ssmith@haconcapecod.org.

WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM – Multi-family

HAC works with local public housing authorities and other owners of affordable multi-family housing units to ensure that these buildings are weatherized in order to maintain a high level of comfort and low utility costs. Funding is supplied by the Cape Light Compact.

For more information call Al at 508-771-5400, ext. 110, or email Multifamily@haconcapecod.org

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