Home Energy Audits

Littleton Electric Light Department offers a Home Energy Audit to help customers save energy in their homes.  We support a two-tiered approach to energy conservation.  Our Energy Services department is always available by phone to answer your questions about energy efficiency or conservation.  Additionally, if you are unable to have your questions answered through the above means, then we will be happy to provide you with a complimentary energy audit.

What to expect

We will send a professional energy advisor to your home to evaluate your energy saving potential in specific areas of your home.  The advisor will provide useful information and tips on appliance usage, air sealing, insulation and will give you a computerized report detailing recommendations and payback time for any improvements suggested.  The entire audit usually takes about 1-1/2 hours to complete.

How to prepare for your audit

Be prepared to answer some of the following questions to help the auditor in their work:

1. Is anyone home during working hours?

2. What is the average thermostat setting for summer and winter?

3. How many people live here?

4. Is every room in use?

Your answers to these questions will help the auditor identify some simple ways for you to reduce your energy consumption.

Follow these simple tips, and you can start saving today.

Heating & Cooling Energy efficiency is in the air. Your heating and cooling system is the perfect place to start when making energy-saving changes.

  • Install a programmable thermostat.
  • Set thermostats to 78 degrees Fahrenheit in summer and 68 degrees in winter.
  • Keep air vents open to increase circulation.
  • Use fans to cool your home.
  • Have your A/C and heating system serviced twice a year (during spring and fall).
  • On a new A/C unit, look for a 16 Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) and 12 Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) rating.
  • Clean or replace air filters once a month.
Insulation With the proper insulation, you can keep your heating and cooling system from working overtime. Insulating your attic can reduce your heating and cooling needs up to 30 percent. The minimum recommendation for insulation amount in most attics is R-30, or about 9 to 14 inches, depending on the insulation type.
Lighting Conserve energy with the flip of a switch by choosing the correct lighting.  Install energy efficient light bulbs. They use approximately 70 percent less energy than an incandescent bulb and last up to 10 times longer.  Use sunlight to illuminate your home. It’s free!
Air Leaks Controlling air flow helps control your savings. Properly sealing air leaks can significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs.

  • Watch for these signs that your ducts aren’t performing correctly:
    • Rooms are difficult to heat and cool.
    • You have stuffy rooms.
    • You find your flexible A/C duct is tangled or has holes in it.
  • Seal air conditioning ducts properly to help reduce the amount of heating and cooling needed to keep your home comfortable.
  • Install foam gaskets behind outlets and switch plates on exterior walls to stop air from leaking
Doors & Windows Close the door on air leaks for good. By focusing on two of the top spots for gaps in your home, you’ll be one step closer to an energy-efficient home.  Weather-strip and caulk around windows and doors to prevent drafts. A gap of just one-quarter inch can let in as much air as a softball-size hole.  Consider ENERGY STAR®-qualified window models and low E-Glass windows. Their special coating will reflect infrared light, keeping heat in during winter and out during summer.   A low-cost alternative to new windows is installing solar screens.
Appliances/
Electronics
Get plugged in to an energy-efficient home with appliances and electronics that are designed to conserve. Appliances and electronics can account for 20 percent of a home’s electrical costs. Replace old appliances with ENERGY STAR®-rated models. Unplug electronics when they’re not in use. Certain electronics, such as a cell phone charger, continue to draw electricity when left plugged in – even if they’re not in use.
Water Shower yourself in savings by making small changes to your home’s water system.

Set your water heater temperature at 120 degrees Fahrenheit to save on water heating.

Insulate the hot water heater and your heating and cooling pipes that are not in enclosed areas. It can reduce heat loss by 25 to 40 percent.

Trees Trees are a natural solution for energy-efficient changes. Remember: When planting a tree, type and location are key. Proper tree placement can reduce home heating and cooling costs by 20 percent. Plant trees 35 feet from your house and 25 feet from power lines. Plant deciduous trees (trees that lose their leaves). They will shade your house in summer, and help warm your home in winter by letting light through.

 

Smart Home Improvement Credit

Eligibility: This program is for residential electric heating customers who make energy-efficient home improvements recommended by a completed home energy audit.

Customers in Littleton Electric Light Department (LELD) service area are eligible for rebates subject to the availability of funds from LELD. LELD reserves the right to change any portion of this program or end this program at any time without notice.

What is considered a Smart Home Improvement?: Smart Home Improvement projects include

  • Adding insulation to the attic, basement, rim joist, walls and pipes
  • Weather stripping windows and doors
  • Replacing exterior doors, storm doors, and storm windows with energy efficient models
  • Installing energy efficient heating and cooling systems

Need an Energy Audit?: All improvement projects must be installed after an energy audit. Call LELWD at (978) 540-2222 or visit www.lelwd.com/greenrewards/ to schedule your free home energy audit.

Rebate amounts and payments: Credit to your electric bill will equal 20% of the cost of the project, yet not to exceed $300 a year. Applications will be processed as they are received. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for the credit to appear on your bill.

Verification: A copy of the energy audit report and original sales receipt indicating the type of project, materials, price, and date must accompany the rebate application. Home improvement projects must reflect the recommendations outlined in the audit report. LELD reserves the right to inspect the completed project and to request documentation of having electric heat. Incomplete applications will be returned.

Additional Information: Additional information on LELWD’s energy efficiency programs can be obtained by calling LELWD at (978) 540-2222 or by visiting www.lelwd.com/greenrewards/.

Mailing Address: Mail, drop off, or submit a completed rebate application below along with a copy of the project receipts and energy audit report.

Littleton Electric Light Department
Green Rewards
39 Ayer Road
P.O. Box 2406
Littleton, MA 01460

Smart Home Improvements Application
  • Acknowledgement

    ** By signing below, you acknowledge that:
    * You have purchased the product described above for installation at the service address indicated.
    * You understand that LELD or its designated representative reserves the right to inspect or otherwise verify installation of the product described above.
    * You understand that the rebate program is a limited time offer and is subject to the availability of funds from LELD.
    * Energy efficiency documentation must also accompany the rebate application in order to ensure that the product purchased meets LELD specifications.
 
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39 Ayer Road
P.O. Box 2406
Littleton, MA 01460

T: 978-540-2222
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