US-based utility National Grid, has increased the number of communities participating in the company’s energy efficiency programme in Massachusetts, US.

In a statement, National Grid announced the availability of its 2018 Community Initiative for customers in Gloucester, Rockport, Saugus and Wellesley towns.

This means the towns will implement initiatives to meet community energy efficiency outreach goals set by the utility company.

Through the Community Initiative, National Grid provides up to $40,000 in incentives to communities that excel in improving consumer awareness.

For instance, to be awarded $37,203.65 by the end of the year, Gloucester town has been tasked to achieve:

  • 1,078 completed residential assessments
  • 229 completed air sealing jobs
  • 231 completed insulation installations
  • 111 completed heating system installations
  • 24 completed hot water heater installations
  • 195 refrigerators/freezers recycled
  • 42 Wi-Fi thermostats incentivised

John Isberg, Vice President of Customer Solutions at National Grid, said: “The purpose of the Community Initiative is to demonstrate—on a local level—how small changes can add up to help ensure a sustainable future for our families and the communities where we live and work.

“Each measure promoted by our initiative reduces the amount of energy used in a home. So, if local residents implement these measures, not only will their community win the award, but they will win as well – in the form of cost savings from reducing the amount of energy they use in their homes.”

National Grid will provide communities with funding to support the implementation of energy efficiency measures, share monthly progress reports and send campaign materials to customers via email and bill inserts.

The utility will also:

  • Conduct monthly calls with municipalities to learn best practices
  • Developing and printing customised outreach materials (brochures, signs)
  • Providing support for local events (materials, staffing where available)

Since 2013, National Grid has awarded more than $547,000 to 21 Massachusetts cities and towns for their energy efficiency efforts as part of the Community Initiative.

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