September 14, 2012 (PRLEAP.COM) Lifestyle News
Mass-scale thermal imaging company Sagewell, Inc, 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 "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, 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, 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

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