Free Home Energy Savings Workshop Coming to Greenfield

FOR RELEASE: Immediate for Nov 10 workshop


Nancy Hazard, Co-chair, Greening Greenfield Energy Committee       

Tina Clarke, Consultant, Massachusetts Municipal Association       




GREENFIELD, MA - Want to reduce your home energy costs? Are you interested in no-cost, low-cost things renters can do to save money? The FREE Home Energy Savings Workshop for Renters is being offered in Greenfield on Tuesday, November 10, the Greenfield Community College Downtown center, 270 Main Street. Refreshments will be served. Home tours are also being offered!

The cost of energy - from gasoline to heating oil -is on the rise. Renters can often feel caught in the squeeze, and feel that they cannot make improvements to their home that would reduce their energy costs.

At this workshop, Tina Clarke, energy consultant and financial counselor, will talk about what people can do reduce their energy bills and be more comfortable at the same time. She will demonstrate how to use low-cost weatherization materials and techniques that anyone can do in their homes, as well as tips on how to reduce electricity and water usage. She will also talk about free energy audits and cash rebates as well as bigger energy savings techniques and programs that would be wise for you’re your landlord to take advantage of.

The workshop, developed by the Massachusetts Municipal Association, is one of 130 being held state wide. It is being hosted in Greenfield by the Greening Greenfield Energy Committee.

“There are a surprising number of things renters can do to save money on energy bills,” says Tina Clarke, consultant to the Massachusetts Municipal Association. “These measures will also cut drafts and make your home more comfortable, and they can help prevent mold and mildew.

“Keeping energy dollars in our own pockets, rather than the utility companies' pockets, is one of our key goals,” says Becca King, co-chair of the Greening Greenfield Energy Committee. “Many people have been asking us for tips on what renters can do, and how they can join our 10% Challenge. We are thrilled to be able to bring this workshop to Greenfield.

Tina Clarke has worked in the energy and environmental field for over 25 years as an educator, and consultant. She is also a certified financial counselor and has personally counseled over 1100 people when she worked as a personal financial management counselor at the Consumer Credit Catholic Service. She is also a consultant with and Transition Towns. She lives in Turners Falls in a passive solar home which received a first place award in WMECO’s Zero Energy Challenge.

The workshop will be followed by two tours in peoples’ homes. On Saturday, Nov. 21 from 12-3pm, Kris Walter, Greening Greenfield’s Hero of the Month, is offering a tour and discussion of simple, low cost projects you can do to cut utility costs at her home at 62 West Street in Greenfield. The tour will end with a trip to Aubuchon’s Hardware so you can pick up supplies for your own projects. You can also pick up Greenfield 10% Challenge signs, composters, and town recycle bins from Kris. Builder Bick Corsa is offering a tour of Tina Clarke’s zero net energy home on Thursday, Nov 19, at 6pm. Directions to Tina’s house: Take 1st left on tiny road off Greenfield Road, which is off Montague City Road.

The workshop host, the Greening Greenfield Energy Committee (GGEC), works with the Town of Greenfield to build a sustainable Greenfield so that current and future generations can enjoy life in this beautiful abundant valley. To find out more about this workshop and the Greenfield 10% Challenge go to  HYPERLINK "" or call 773-7004.


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