From the City of Cambridge, April 18, 2017: On Earth Day, April 22, the City of Cambridge and Eversource, which helps sponsor a program called Mass Save, launch the Cambridge Multi-Family Energy Pilot, a program that provides no-cost energy efficiency assessments and solar assessments to owners of multifamily buildings.

“We are proud to launch this pilot program, which furthers the city’s commitment to combating climate change and decreases the financial burden of energy costs for residents,” said Iram Farooq, assistant city manager of community development. “We are fortunate to work with community partners like Eversource and Mass Save to enhance and expand energy efficiency resources for our residents.”

More than 90 percent of Cambridge residents live in multifamily buildings, where residents have faced unique challenges in pursuing energy efficiency because of ownership structure, complex metering and the limited options available to individual unit owners. The pilot program, developed by the Cambridge Energy Alliance in partnership with Eversource, is designed to streamline the energy assessment process, linking interested owners with representatives at Eversource and the city who will coordinate the next steps for energy-saving opportunities.

“In addition to the energy-saving benefits like reduced operating costs and lower tenant energy bills, energy-efficiency upgrades can also help reduce maintenance costs, increase tenant comfort and improve the visual appeal of a property,” said Tilak Subrahmanian, vice president of energy efficiency at Eversource. “The Multi-Family Energy Pilot is a great first step for building owners to discover all of the cost-effective, energy-saving opportunities available to them.”

Through the Cambridge Multi-Family Energy Pilot, owners of multifamily units will contact Mass Save and work with a representative to schedule a no-cost energy efficiency assessment, including heat, insulation and lighting opportunities. Interested owners will also be connected with the city’s Multi-Family Solar Advisor for a free solar assessment and quotes from solar panel installers.

Buildings generate more than 80 percent of Cambridge’s total greenhouse gas emissions. By targeting multifamily units, the Cambridge Multi-Family Energy Pilot furthers the city’s mission to offset greenhouse gas emissions by midcentury. In addition to environmental benefits, buildings that implement energy-efficient measures can save up to 20 percent on annual energy costs.

Representatives from the Cambridge Multi-Family Energy Pilot will provide more information about the program at a workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. April 25 on the second floor of City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Residents, property managers and multifamily-building owners can call (800) 594-7277 or visit CambridgeEnergyAlliance.org for information.

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