Free Heating Tune-Up Promotion

The City of Cambridge is currently providing free heating tune-ups to multifamily buildings as part of a pilot to help buildings save energy and cut utility costs. All buildings 10 units and over can apply to participate in this program, but this is a limited-time, first-come first-served program, available to the first ten eligible buildings that respond.

About: A heating tune-up provides a fine-grain tuning of the heating system’s controls, to make sure that the heating system is operating in an efficient and comfortable way. Other buildings that have had a heating tune-up have reported:

  • a more comfortably heated building,
  • fewer resident calls for heating problems,
  • lower heating costs,
  • and, of course, a greener building overall.

The tune-up can be completed in one visit, and will include training to building staff to keep the heating system running optimally. You’ll also receive a follow-up report detailing the work that was performed and identifying additional savings opportunities to consider.

The City of Cambridge has selected New Ecology, a Boston-based firm with proven experience in building engineering, to provide the heating tune-ups to selected buildings.

To apply, simply fill out the survey no later than October 17 with information about your building’s heating system. Please note that your building must have a building-wide central heating system to participate, and you’ll need to be ready to share at least 12 months of your building’s most recent heating bills (i.e., oil or gas bills).

No-cost WegoWise Services

To help multifamily buildings save energy and reduce costs, Cambridge Energy Alliance is working with WegoWise, a Boston-based technology firm that provides an innovative utility tracking and analytics platform. WegoWise will help building owners set up their properties in the platform, provide detailed recommendations for energy efficiency, and help connect buildings to financial incentives.
This opportunity is currently available to a select number of buildings. The buildings that choose to participate will receive one year of these WegoWise services for free. They can also choose to continue beyond their free year if they wish.

As one of Cambridge’s initiatives for the Georgetown University Energy Prize, the WegoWise pilot seeks to identify innovative new ways to increase energy efficiency in multifamily buildings. WegoWise will help building owners determine the efficiency of their buildings, identify savings possibilities, help owners make quicker, more informed decisions about which efficiency measures to implement, and track the impact of implemented measures. Cambridge Energy Alliance is using the benchmarking reporting submitted by buildings to help identify candidate buildings with good energy savings potential.

If you’d like to learn more, please contact us.

Please note that this opportunity is available for a small number of multifamily buildings at this time.