InFocus: Winter energy savings and fuel assistance programs

Free energy assessments are available for homes and businesses through the MassSave program.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Winter officially starts next week, but this week we've been feeling the sting of freezing temperatures.

That's why on 22News InFocus this week we'll be discussing ways to help you save on winter heating bills with energy saving programs and low-cost, do-it-yourself ideas. We'll also find out what kind of fuel assistance is available through government programs and local social service organizations.

Home and business energy assessments are a free service through the Mass Save program. Audit recipients can qualify for free energy efficient light bulbs, a free programmable thermostat, water saving devices, air sealing and insulation. They also offer weatherization rebates of up to 75% of $2000, and zero percent financing.  Investing in energy saving upgrades not only help you, they support the local economy by employing local contractors to do the work.

Our guests this week are  Peter Wingate, energy director at Community Action of Franklin, Hampshire and North Quabbin Region; Waleska Estrada, fuel assistance program manager for the New England Farm Workers Council; Jamie Chazan
director of programs at the Valley Opportunity Council; Penni Conner, chief customer officer and senior vice president of customer group for Eversource Energy; and Bill Stack, program manager of residential energy efficiency at Eversource energy.

Get ideas on how you can be more energy efficient this winter or find out how to get help with fuel assistance, this Sunday at noon on 22News InFocus. You can see the program LIVE on the air or streaming on your mobile device using the new 22News app. And if you miss it, you'll find it on our website at

Get information on no cost home assessments and fuel assistance through MassSaveCommunity Action of Franklin, Hampshire and North QuabbinNew England Farm Workers CouncilValley Opportunity CouncilEversource EnergyColumbia GasSalvation Army Good Neighbor Energy Fund provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

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