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Insulating your home in Norwalk, CT? Check your free thermal image report first

Are you a Norwalk, CT homeowner:

  • Looking for a HES energy assessment of your homeMissing insulation shows need for energy audit
  • Considering insulating or sealing  your home
  • Finding your home to be drafty
  • Looking for alternatives to lower your utility bills

Sagewell has likely already imaged your Norwalk CT home and you can request your free thermal image report to finally see the heat leaking from your home.

This past winter Sagewell imaged most homes in Norwalk CT and by going to www.sagewell.com (http://www NULL.sagewell NULL.com), you can request your free password protected thermal image report, get connected to energy efficiency contractors if you want and for the first time visualize the heat leaking from your home.

When the pipes are leaking in the basement, you are usually quick to call a plumber, but when you have heat leaking out of your walls homeowners are often do nothing for years.  Norwalk CT homeowners can now see the heat leaking from their homes and then get help doing something about it.

Considering insulation for your home, check you free thermal image report

Are you a Milford CT homeowner:

  • Looking for a HES energy assessment of your home

    Missing insulation shows need for energy audit

    Missing insulation shows need for energy audit

  • Considering insulating or sealing  your home
  • Finding your home to be drafty
  • Looking for alternatives to lower your utility bills

Sagewell has likely already imaged your Milford CT home and you can request your free thermal image report to finally see the heat leaking from your home.

This past winter Sagewell imaged most homes in Milford CT and by going to www.sagewell.com (http://www NULL.sagewell NULL.com), you can request your free password protected thermal image report, get connected to energy efficiency contractors if you want and for the first time visualize the heat leaking from your home.

When the pipes are leaking in the basement, you are usually quick to call a plumber, but when you have heat leaking out of your walls homeowners are often do nothing for years.  Milford CT homeowners can now see the heat leaking from their homes and then get help doing something about it.

Benefits of in-home energy assessments

Key facts from the US Department of Energy on home energy assessments:

  • A home energy audit is the first step to saving energy and money.
  • It helps you learn how you use energy, determine where it’s being wasted and prioritize your efficiency upgrades.
  • Making energy efficiency upgrades identified in a home energy audit can save you 5-30 percent on your monthly energy bill.

Remember, the home energy audit is only the first step to cutting your energy bills. Making the recommended energy efficiency upgrades is what leads to energy savings.

Source: US Department of Energy http://energy.gov/articles/energy-saver-101-infographic-home-energy-audits
 

Most Massachusetts residents are eligible for no-cost in-home energy assessments through utility-sponsored programs.  Request your free thermal image report and no-cost energy assessment at www.sagewell.com.  For more information or assistance call Sagewell at (617) 963-8141.

 

Energy Challenge 2013

Sagewell invites Massachusetts residents and communities to participate in the Energy Challenge 2013!

The top five communities in Massachusetts with the greatest number of completed in-home energy assessments by 11/1/13 will receive free thermal imaging from Sagewell next winter!  Sagewell will drive through winning communities with thermal sensors to help local residents identify where heat may be leaking from their homes.  Sagewell has already driven through 35
communities in Massachusetts to help residents improve their energy efficiency and invites Massachusetts residents and communities to enter the Sagewell Energy Challenge 2013.

Most residents qualify for no-cost utility-sponsored in-home energy assessments.  These in-home assessments are designed to review your home from the inside out and provide recommendations to reduce energy use.  Sagewell’s thermal imaging complements an in-home assessment by looking at heat loss for your home from the outside in.

How to Enter:

  1. Go to www.sagewell.com/2013 (http://www NULL.sagewell NULL.com/2013) and enter your address to request your thermal image report and in-home energy assessment.  After requesting your thermal image report and in-home energy assessment you will be contacted by your local utility-sponsored assessment program to schedule a no-cost in-home energy assessment.
  2. Schedule your in-home energy assessment by 11/1/13.
  3. Encourage your friends and neighbors to enter!

How It Works:

Next winter Sagewell will provide free thermal imaging to the top five communities with the most completed energy assessments by 11/1/13.  Each completed energy assessment will count as one entry for the Driving Energy Efficiency Challenge.

Sagewell will drive through winning communities next winter.  Sagewell conducts thermal imaging in winter months overnight by driving through local streets at normal speeds.  After imaging Sagewell processes images and emails owners who have previously requested their thermal image reports.

Rules and Requirements:

Most residents living in single family or 2 – 4 unit residences in communities with utility-sponsored energy assessment programs are eligible for no-cost energy assessment.  Sagewell also offers premium energy assessments for residents that are not eligible for no-cost utility-sponsored assessments.  Premium assessments also count as entries.

Each energy assessment requested through Sagewell and completed by 11/1/13 will count as one entry for imaging that community.  Renters and owners are allowed to request assessments and earn entries – however, Sagewell only provides thermal image reports to building owners.

Request a no-cost in-home energy audit and enter to win a free eMonitor4-14 home energy management system

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***** Contest deadline extended to November 30, 2012

Request a no-cost in-home energy audit or tell a friend to get a home energy audit to receive an entry to win an eMonitor4-14 home energy management system. 

A no-cost home energy audit is the next step in improving your home’s energy efficiency.  To promote this next step Sagewell is offering a chance to win an  eMonitor4-14 (http://www NULL.powerhousedynamics NULL.com/residential-energy-efficiency/) home energy management system valued at $672 via two methods:

Existing Sagewell customers (who have requested imaging and/or registered to view thermal images): Go to www.sagewell.com/eMonitor (http://www NULL.sagewell NULL.com/eMonitor) and request your in-home energy audit.  One entry per eligible household/address requested.

Friends of Sagewell customers: GO to www.sagewell.com (http://www NULL.sagewell NULL.com) and request your thermal images and in-home energy audit AND enter email address of whoever referred you (no referral necessary).  You and whoever referred you will each receive one entry for each eligible* household/address requested from  January 1 – November 30, 2012.

All homes who have requested an in-home energy audit through Sagewell in 2012 will be entered into the contest.

Powerhouse Dynamic eMonitor
Put the smart in “smart home” with the eMonitor (http://www NULL.powerhousedynamics NULL.com/residential-energy-efficiency/) from Powerhouse Dynamics,  a revolutionary way to analyze and manage your energy usage at the appliance level throughout your home –helping you lower your energy bill and keep your family safe.

Through a fun, interactive and personalized internet dashboard (http://www NULL.powerhousedynamics NULL.com/residential-energy-efficiency/features-graphs-interactive/), this system shows exactly how energy is used in your home, giving you the data you need to reduce your energy bills by up to 30 percent. With the analytics engine, it also sends text or email alerts (http://www NULL.powerhousedynamics NULL.com/residential-energy-efficiency/features-alerts/) when appliances are left on or circuits are near capacity, providing continuous diagnostic advice, and monitors renewable energy systems (http://www NULL.powerhousedynamics NULL.com/residential-energy-efficiency/features-renewable-energy/) like solar and wind production.

Contact (info null@null powerhousedynamics NULL.com?subject=Interested%20in%20learning%20more%20about%20eMonitor) Powerhouse Dynamics for more information.

Sweepstakes Details
Drawing will be held on Decmber 3, 2012 and winner will be notified via email.

Benefits of an on-site no-cost energy audit for qualifying homes include:

1. Free light bulbs, thermostats, and refrigerator rebates
2. A heating system combustion safety check
3. Save 75% off insulation (up to $2,000)
4. Generous rebates on improvements including heating systems and solar energy

You have already paid for these benefits through your utility bills so find out if you qualify.

 

Eligibility for automatic entry into the eMonitor contest:

  1. Request a no-cost audit or thermal images with no-cost audit (one entry per household/address where an on-site audit is requested)
  2. The homeowner requesting the audit must be a customer of NSTAR or National Grid.
  3. Entrant must be 18 years or older and reside in a single family home or one to three family home.
  4. Residence must not have received a utility sponsored energy audit in the last 12 months.

SWEEPSTAKES OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS

NO ASSESMENT or REFERRAL NECESSARY. Getting an assessment or referring an assessment does not increase the chances of winning. Void where prohibited. Open only to legal residents of Massachusetts, 18 years or older.

Deadlines for entry for each sweepstakes vary as specified below. Each home that signs up for an assessment and/or each eligible referral during the sweepstakes period are automatically entered to win.

All times referenced are Eastern Time. To enter the sweepstakes without requesting an assessment or referring a friend, send a 3×5 card with full name, address, phone number, and email address to Sagewell, c/o  eMonitor SWEEPSTAKES. One entry per home address or referred address. All entries must be complete to be eligible. This sweepstakes is governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. By entering sweepstakes, entrant consents to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located in Suffolk County, Massachusetts for resolution of all disputes.

Winner(s) will be selected in a random drawing on Novemeber 2, 2012.  Once submitted, entries become the sole property of Sagewell and will not be returned. Winners will be notified by phone, mail and/or email. If potential winner(s) cannot be reached after 2 days from first notification attempt, or if an entrant is found to be ineligible, or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, such prize will be forfeited. Entrants need not be present to win. In the event the winner declines the prize, another winner will be selected.  In the event the second winner declines the prize, the prize may be designated for another sweepstakes. Persons affiliated with Sagewell Inc. or Powerhouse Dynamis are ineligible to win. Winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and a receipt. No substitution will be allowed and prizes may not be redeemed for cash or other consideration. Sagewell Inc. is not responsible or liable for multiple entries completed or entered by other than human means or entries that are late (including delayed data transmissions), tampered with, illegible, mutilated, forged, destroyed, incomplete, garbled, lost, misdirected, mechanically duplicated, mass machine printed, postage-due, or otherwise not in compliance with Official Rules (and such entries will be disqualified). Sweepstakes prizes and deadlines are as follows:

eMonitor4-14, $672 value.

Deadline to enter is Novemeber 30, 2012 at 11:59 PM ET.

All entries must be postmarked by deadlines listed above. Sweepstakes deadlines subject to be extended. Winners are responsible for payment of all tax obligations. Dates, times, deadlines, price, and prizes subject to change. Estimated odds of winning are determined by the number of entries received.

Cambridge, MA, 25th city to save with Sagewell, 400,000th building thermally imaged

missing insulation shows need for energy audit

missing insulation shows need for energy audit

Mass-scale thermal imaging company Sagewell Inc. (http://sagewell NULL.com) , is partnering with Cambridge HEET (Home Energy Efficiency Team) in offering Cambridge, MA homeowners no-cost, comprehensive home energy assessments to save energy and money. But this is no ordinary home energy assessment. This program uses exterior thermal images to pinpoint exactly where heat is leaking to make the most effective improvements possible. The program is available for Cambridge 1-to-4 family building owners. Homeowners can request their no-cost comprehensive energy assessment and thermal images at www.sagewell.com (http://sagewell NULL.com). “We are delighted that Cambridge is the 25th Massachusetts community where Sagewell is saving money and energy for homeowners. It’s great that my hometown also includes our 400,000th building thermally imaged” says Sagewell’s COO and Cambridge resident, Brad Harkavy.

“We hope that people will act quickly to sign up for the program” says Audrey Schulman, President of Cambridge HEET.” We want homeowners to save money and energy and reduce drafts, while helping the planet. Right now through Mass Save, there are 75% rebates available for insulation and work that reduces drafts is free.”

Seeing energy leaking from the house is the first step. Conducting an in-home energy assessment comes next. It allows homeowners to fully realize the energy savings in their homes. To get started, homeowners can go to www.sagewell.com (http://sagewell NULL.com), enter their address in the “Find your home” box, complete the form to request thermal images and a utility-sponsored in-home energy assessment, and then tell friends and neighbors!

Sagewell, Inc. drove through Cambridge this past winter with a hybrid vehicle equipped with thermal heat loss sensors to help homeowners see where their homes may be leaking energy. Some Cambridge buildings do not have images because of blocked views from roadways due to trees, bushes or fences between the home and road, or because some streets in Cambridge were not covered. Sagewell’s thermal images show only heat loss from buildings. They are privacy-protected and available only to homeowners. They are not shared with third parties without the homeowner’s permission.

There is no cost to homeowners for this program. The in-home energy assessment (energy audit) part of the program, which is already fully paid through utility bill charges, gives qualified homeowners access to substantially discounted energy efficiency products and services, including a 75% insulation discount (up to $2,000) and access to 0% interest loans for qualified improvements such as single-pane window replacement and heating system replacement. Also, homes with 30+ year-old heating systems may be eligible for exceptional utility rebates that are available for a very limited time.

After submitting a request for their thermal images at www.sagewell.com (http://sagewell NULL.com), homeowners will be notified via email when their thermal image report is ready. They will also be contacted by an approved in-home energy assessment company who will carry out the no-cost utility-sponsored in-home assessment.

“We are excited about the potential for this program to reduce the energy consumption in Cambridge,” says Brad Harkavy, COO of Sagewell Inc.”Thermal images are a real eye opener. Seeing the thermal image report for my Cambridge house convinced me that I should blow insulation into my home. Something I had been thinking about for 14 years, but did not act-on until I saw the images of my own home.”

For questions or assistance, contact Sagewell at 617-963-8141 or email support@sagewell.com (support null@null sagewell NULL.com)

Red Sox/Yankees Sweepstakes Winner

We are thrilled to announce that George Pilat of Natick, MA will be taking his seven year old son to the Red Sox/Yankees game on September 13, 2012 compliments of Sagewell Inc.

George was the winner of our sweepstakes. Stay tuned for more contests coming soon.

Please follow George’s lead and sign-up to see your thermal image report and request a no-cost in-home energy assessment here (http://www NULL.sagewell NULL.com/assessment).

Have fun George even if you don’t recognize most of the players on the Sox. It is still a Red Sox versus Yankees game in September.

Enter drawing for free Red Sox/Yankee tickets

Request a comprehensive home energy assessment or tell a friend to get a home energy assessment to receive an entry to win two tickets to the Red Sox Yankees game on September 13, 2012.

A no-cost home energy assessment is the next step in improving your home’s energy efficiency.  To promote this next step Sagewell is offering a chance to win 2 tickets to see the Red Sox play the Yankees at Fenway Park via two methods:

Existing Sagewell customers (who have requested imaging and/or registered to view thermal images): Go to www.sagewell.com/assessment (http://www NULL.sagewell NULL.com/assessment) and request your in-home energy assessment.  One entry per eligible household/address requested.

Friends of Sagewell customers: GO to www.sagewell.com (http://www NULL.sagewell NULL.com) and request your thermal images and in-home energy assessment AND enter email address of whoever referred you (no referral necessary).  You and whoever referred you will each receive one entry for each eligible* household/address requested from August 12 – August 26, 2012.

Drawing will be held on August 27, 2012 and winner will be notified via email.

 

Benefits of an on-site no-cost energy assessment for qualifying homes include:

1. Free light bulbs, thermostats, and refrigerator rebates
2. A heating system combustion safety check
3. Save 75% off insulation (up to $2,000)
4. Generous rebates on improvements including heating systems and solar energy

You have already paid for these benefits through your utility bills so find out if you qualify.

 

Eligibility for automatic entry into the Red Sox tickets contest:

  1. Request a no-cost assessment or thermal images with no-cost assessment (one entry per household/address where an on-site assessment is requested)
  2. The homeowner requesting the assessment must be a customer of NSTAR or National Grid.
  3. Entrant must be 18 years or older and reside in a single family home or one to three family home.
  4. Residence must not have received a utility sponsored energy assessment in the last 12 months.

SWEEPSTAKES OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS

NO ASSESMENT or REFERRAL NECESSARY. Getting an assessment or referring an assessment does not increase the chances of winning. Void where prohibited. Open only to legal residents of Massachusetts, 18 years or older.

All sweepstakes begin at 12:01 AM ET on August 12, 2012. Deadlines for entry for each sweepstakes vary as specified below. Each home that signs up for an assessment and/or each eligible referral during the sweepstakes period are automatically entered to win.

All times referenced are Eastern Time. To enter the sweepstakes without requesting an assessment or referring a friend, send a 3×5 card with full name, address, phone number, and email address to Sagewell, c/o SWEEPSTAKES. One entry per home address or referred address. All entries must be complete to be eligible. This sweepstakes is governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. By entering sweepstakes, entrant consents to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located in Suffolk County, Massachusetts for resolution of all disputes.

Winner(s) will be selected in a random drawing on August 27, 2012.  Once submitted, entries become the sole property of Sagewell and will not be returned. Winners will be notified by phone, mail and/or email. If potential winner(s) cannot be reached after 2 days from first notification attempt, or if an entrant is found to be ineligible, or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, such prize will be forfeited. Entrants need not be present to win. In the event the winner declines the prize, another winner will be selected.  In the event the second winner declines the prize, the prize may be designated for another sweepstakes. Persons affiliated with Sagewell Inc. are ineligible to win. Winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and a receipt. No substitution will be allowed and prizes may not be redeemed for cash or other consideration. Sagewell Inc. is not responsible or liable for multiple entries completed or entered by other than human means or entries that are late (including delayed data transmissions), tampered with, illegible, mutilated, forged, destroyed, incomplete, garbled, lost, misdirected, mechanically duplicated, mass machine printed, postage-due, or otherwise not in compliance with Official Rules (and such entries will be disqualified). Sweepstakes prizes and deadlines are as follows:

2 tickets Boston Red Sox/Yankees on September 13, 2012. Approximate value $130.

The Red Sox and Yankees are not a participant or sponsor of this promotion. Deadline to enter is August 26, 2012 at 11:59 PM ET.

All entries must be postmarked by deadlines listed above. Sweepstakes deadlines subject to be extended. Winners are responsible for payment of all tax obligations. Dates, times, deadlines, price, and prizes subject to change. Estimated odds of winning are determined by the number of entries received.

 

Losing heat from your home? Images may have solution

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This thermal image of a house shows three opportunities for improvement: adding attic insulation, sealing to stop air leaks and windows that are warmer than expected. (Submitted photo)

 Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2012 12:00 am

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NORTH ATTLEBORO - Ever wonder whether drafty windows and doors are allowing heat to seep out of your home?

Residents can now find out by checking out images that show just how much heat is escaping from doors, windows and walls, thanks to a company that took thermal images of more than 5,000 local homes this winter. Continue reading