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Lexington Welcomes Three New Officers

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Your Style Coach

 

Style Coach Karen Schiff wearing a black pencil skirt, black hose and shoes a great jacket an statement jewelry.

Stop Over-Shopping and

Start Looking Great!

By Laurie Atwater

You have an important event. You go to your closet. Staring back at you is every bad shopping decision you’ve ever made and then some. A closet full of clothes and what to wear? If you suffer from closet paralysis it’s time to confront your demons and make 2013 the year you get your wardrobe in shape!

The closet can be an intimidating place full of scary dark corners. That perfect red dress—not so perfect after all. Those gorgeous 3 inch heels—never out of the box. From eighties shoulder pads to black pants in three different sizes—we’re all in the closet about our clothes. Well it’s time to come out!

If you’re convinced that you have nothing to wear despite a closet full of clothes you’re not alone. Instead of setting out on another aimless shopping trip, try shopping a little closer to home—your own closet! But don’t go it alone.

Karen Schiff is a Style Coach right here in Lexington and she wants to help you stop over-shopping and start looking great.

Closet Therapy

A style coach makes it easy to get started on a task that you may have put off for years. Karen who is a therapist by profession has always loved fashion. She is the unofficial go-to person among her friends when it comes to pulling an outfit together for a special event. Being a professional therapist can be very helpful since for most women clothing, stlye, fashion and body image are very emotional issues. Why not work with someone trained to understand emotions?

“As clinicians we work from the inside out,” Karen says, “but when you feel like you look attractive it gives you a level of confidence and pride.” And don’t we know it. While it may be easy to scoff at the superficiality of fashion—what we wear and how we feel wearing—it affects our moods.

Don’t be embarrassed if your closet is a tangle of unused, out-of-date or over-the-top mistakes with not an outfit in sight! That’s why you hire a guru to get you through it in a non-judgmental and efficient way. Don’t want to deal with questions like: Why did you ever buy that? or Boy you spend a lot on clothes—then don’t rely on friends or family—hire an unbiased third party.

When her son left for college, Karen decided that she could take her love fashion to a new level and actually help other women out of their wardrobe ruts. “This is fun and creative for me,” Karen says. “And I love it when my clients begin to conceptualize something about themselves and find their style.”

Finding your style can be a complicated matter. While many closet-clutter books and advice manuals tell you to toss what’s not “your style” they don’t tell you how to find or build your style. According to Karen, most women have a style hiding in their closet somewhere—she helps them find it and build on it.

Diving Right In

If you’re imagining a painstaking process, think again. I talked with two of Karen’s very satisfied clients and both of them used the same word—“fun.” That doesn’t mean they weren’t nervous about exposing their closet secrets but they both agreed that it was more like a girlfriend day than a work-over by Stacey and Clinton! “The intimidation part of it for me was just agreeing to it,” Karen’s client Judith explains. “As soon as it started it was fun!”

Karen starts by talking with her clients about what they do in life and how they think about their style. When Karen arrives she asks that her clients be dressed in an outfit that they feel good about. This gives her a baseline idea about a client’s personal style.

“My way is to say, ‘I really want to know where you’re at,’” Karen says. She wants to know what you do professionally and what kind of clothing you also need for the personal side of your life—socializing with friends, drop-off and pick-up, attending Little League games or going to the gym.

She says most of her clients buy way too much and they become overwhelmed by the clothing in their closets. The process of going through every item in the closet—trying it on and evaluating it is so important to regaining control. Part of the process is being honest. As the expert in the room, Karen has to be “sensitively straightforward” with her clients. “I make sure that they are okay with that,” she says. “People appreciate that honesty. They are quite open and eager to learn.”

Still it is a process of coaching clients through a closet purge—determining what to keep and what to toss—so Karen says it can get emotional. People have all kinds of reasons for choosing particular pieces—some are sentimental, some are unrealistic, but for most clients their closet is about holding onto the past, she says. It’s her job to gives them a very encouraging little push into the future. Over time, styles change, your body changes and life changes. It can be hard to keep up for most of us!

As part of the process Karen works clients through every single item of clothing—including shoes and accessories—in their closets. “If it looks good—try it on and ask yourself, ‘Do I really love it? Will I wear it? Can it be tailored?’ If you love it and it can be tailored to fit properly—get it tailored! It can be so worth it to pay the money to have something altered if it’s not worn and you really love it,” she says.

After she goes through the closet, Karen helps her clients put outfits together from the items that remain. “Some women like to hang the outfits together; some take pictures. Women should only have what they love in their closets,” she says definitively.

Annette

Annette works in healthcare. She is petite and she recently lost quite a bit of weight. “I couldn’t figure out what to wear! What I was seeing in the mirror wasn’t matching what I thought I was seeing,” she says. She knew Karen casually through her brother. She was a little nervous about the process but has not regretted it one bit!

“She was really honest,” says Annette. “She was really helpfully honest and kind!” They went through every single item in Annette’s closet. “I threw away lots which was okay with me since I was in a purging mindset,” she adds.

Annette went into the process a little confused about how to dress her new figure. “Karen had me pull out the things that I actually liked and try them on first.”And lo and behold they discovered what Karen calls “foundation items”—a good black skirt and a well-fitting pair of black slacks. No need to buy new! Then they had fun re-combining items to make new outfits.

“It was amazing! Karen has a really good eye. I was actually quite amazed because I never put certain things together. I didn’t think about combinations of things. I’d buy a sweater and I’d buy a skirt and I wouldn’t have anything to wear with either of them.”

Karen has each client recombine different pieces and accessorize to create several looks. “She actually created some outfits that are go-tos for me now,” Annette says. And the future looks bright. “She made me feel like I can do this,” Annette replies when asked about keeping it up. As a final suggestion Karen gave Annette a list of pieces she should be shopping for to “really pull things together.”

Karen really enjoyed working with Annette. “Despite giving away a fair number of items,” Karen says, “Annette ended up feeling her wardrobe expanded which was satisfying for me.”

Judith

Judith admits freely, “I don’t love shopping.” Even so when she did shop she often had the same habit that Annette fell in to—she would buy part of an outfit. “I had a lot of things that I just wasn’t wearing,” she admits. She knew she needed help but she admits the idea was daunting. “The intimidation part for me was just agreeing to it,” she says with a laugh but once it started, “I was fine,” she says.

Judith’s closet was packed and going through every item took awhile. Judith loved the fact that Karen made it easy “to have a dialogue about ‘keepers’—she wasn’t tyrannical about it! I was shocked at how much stuff it was easy to let go of.”

The real revelation for Judith was tailoring. “My closet was full of jackets that didn’t quite fit,” she says. “Karen suggested that I get them tailored if I really loved them!” As a petite woman, Judith found that a little tailoring here and there could make a big difference. “Karen can see the shape and not just say it needs to be tailored, but how it needs to be tailored which was so helpful.”

“Once the weeding was done and Karen had a look at what was left,” Judith explains, “we had the time to put together a few outfits. Just getting fewer items in your closet helps! Working with Karen really helped because I really had to decide why I liked something and wanted to keep it.”

Karen acknowledges that Judy was anxious letting anyone into her closet. “However,” she adds, “once we got started she felt relieved to get help in recycling items she knew were not flattering. Judy had numbers of pieces that were quite nice but needed to be tailored. Fit is so important, and together we could see what a difference it would make to utilize tailoring to expand her wardrobe.”

Lighten Up & Simplify

Karen uses her trained eye to discuss scale and proportion and line with her clients which she says can be hard for anyone to master on their own. “No matter what size you are,” she says, “A good fitting pencil skirt, a nice pair of stockings and shoes with the right toe will elongate your line.” And don’t forget accessories, Karen advises, “Accessories can help to create a signature look.”

Karen says that overbuying is the biggest problem she sees and most people know they are buying too much. “It’s so easy to get sucked in to buying trends that our daughters are wearing, or purchasing the same items that worked 20 years ago,” Karen states. “Most women feel so relieved when their closet is lighter, they know what works for them and they have a plan for buying in the future.” Karen says. I want them to think, ‘that was fun, that was interesting and I learned some things so I’m not going to have to spend so much time and money to look great!’”

If your closet needs an intervention, give Karen a call! You can look forward to looking great, feeling less frustrated, saving time and money and simplifying your life in 2013!

 

Your Style Coach / Karen Schiff / 781.674.0013 / k.schiff@verizon.net

 

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To Serve and Protect

Bruce Cleaver is pinned by his grandfather Tom Will, a 30 year veteran of the Bridgeport, CT police force.

Lexington Welcomes Three New Officers

Bruce Cleaver stood proudly in his blue uniform as his grandfather Tom Will, a 30 year veteran of the Bridgeport, CT police force, pinned the badge Bruce had worked so hard for on his chest during the Lowell Police Academy graduation in November. Bruce grew up in Lexington and is now part of the Lexington Police force. And he’s in good company. Two other new officers with strong Lexington connections graduated on the same day and are now rookie officers here in town. Jeff Chaisson graduated from Minute Man High School and lives in Lexington with his family and Kim Orr is a Lexington native.

That’s no coincidence. Through the Civil Service exam candidates are given residential preference in the selection process. The only group that receives a higher preference is military veterans. So it’s natural, especially in a town like Lexington, to see local faces joining the police force. Chief Mark Corr is a strong supporter of community policing and understands the benefits of having Lexington graduates on the force, “The average student in Lexington has gone on to an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in college. That doesn’t mean you’re going to be a better or worse police officer, but in Lexington which has a highly educated community, having candidates with a college degree is certainly a good match.” And all three of these new officers fit the bill. (see Bios on facing page)

Corr says there’s also a sense of grounding that comes with being known around town. “When you put a badge on a new officer there is the potential of a little bit of superman complex. If somebody is grounded in their own community where somebody can look at you and say, ‘hey, we went to high school together,’ it helps ground people a bit.” It also gives new officers a head start in building good relationships with those they serve and protect. “If you’ve grown up in the community you know the teachers, you went shopping in the stores, it’s a lot easier for the people to be reaching out to the Police Department, and it’s easier for the Police Department to reach out. For me it’s much more fertile ground for building a relationship,” adds Corr.

Chaisson, Cleaver and Corr will get plenty of support and time to build a relationship with both the community and the force. Candidates receive a conditional offer from the town based on results of the Civil Service exam and interviews. But that’s just the beginning. There are background checks and a physical exam. Then they have to successfully complete the 24 week police academy. After graduation they immediately start a 10 – 12 week field training and policy procedure program with the department. They ride along with veteran officers and learn the ins and outs of policing policy in the department. Chaisson, Cleaver and Orr are in the middle of that training now. But it doesn’t end there. “It takes them another two or three years before they are reasonably seasoned. It’s probably five years for an officer to get a sense of the comings and goings and what to expect and to really know what they need to do when, and be very competent in that,” says Corr.

One might say they become part of the Lexington family. And that is just the sentiment Town Manager Carl Valente shared with the new officers and their families at the swearing in ceremony held in late November. “These officers are now part of our family and they’re going to spend a lot of time with us. The Chief and his Command Staff saw a level of integrity, a level of professional commitment, commitment to public service, folks who wanted to continue to learn. Those qualities are not qualities you learn at the academy or going through school. We believe those qualities were learned from you when you raised them. So a large part of the reason they’re here is because of what you’ve done is bringing them to us. So thank you because now we get the benefit of having them here in Lexington. And we hope we have you for a long, long time.”

When you’re around town watch your speed, use your blinkers and cross in the cross walks…but if you do see Officer Chaisson, Cleaver or Orr, take a minute to welcome them to the family.

Officer Kim Orr

New officer Kim Orr with her family.

“Having grown up in town everyone expects me to know all the streets, but I don’t,” admits rooky officer Kim Orr. That’s part of what makes joining the force in Lexington so appealing to her. There’s still plenty to learn. “Everything is so new. Every call you go to you pick up something new. You kind of pick up different things from everyone and design your own way of doing things.”

Kim Orr grew up in Lexington and graduated from Lexington Christian Academy in 2008. During her senior year at LCA she did a three week internship with the Lexington Police Department. She was responsible for the radio log and learned about the department worked. After that she was hooked.

“Before I decided what college to go to I knew I wanted to study Criminal Justice, “ she says. She settled on Franklin Pierce University where she played field hockey and lacrosse and pursued a Criminal Justice major. She transferred to UMass/Lowell where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology. Another internship opportunity had her working with the National Park Service in Boston in their Law Enforcement Division. “ I got a ton of experience. They wanted me to learn dispatch. I ended up with 2 shifts a week every week. In the summer it was really busy, mostly motor vehicle and medical calls. After a while I got used to it,” Kim says it so calmly I can tell it was great preparation for what was to come.

It seems the most nerve wracking part of the process was the almost seven month wait between taking the Civil Service Exam in April 2011and hearing anything back. It was a year ago, in January 2012, that she finally heard from the Lexington Police Department and started the interview process. Once that process began Kim felt she was finally on her way, “The officers that are involved in the hiring process take a lot of time and effort. Every step along the way I was so excited.”

By the time she received her conditional offer and headed to the Academy she was ready to go. And proved herself an outstanding candidate. Kim graduated in the Top 10% of her class and took home the Top Gun Award. Maybe the second most nerve wracking part of her

 

Officer Jeff Chaisson

New officer Jeff Chaisson with his family.

Jeff Chaisson could have gone a completely direction in his life, and for a while he did. But he never took his eye off the prize – becoming a police officer. Jeff grew up in Cambridge, but he spent plenty of time in Lexington while he attended Minuteman High School where he studied Culinary Arts. “I always knew I wanted to be a cop,” he says, “Minuteman didn’t have criminal justice, so I studied culinary arts. But I took the Civil Service Exam right out of high school.” After Jeff graduated from Minuteman High in 2001 he continued to study Culinary Arts in college and went on to work as a cook and built his career to become an Executive Chef for Sodexo. But when he heard from the Lexington Police Department he ran from the kitchen and into the training process.

You could say he went from the frying pan to the fire.

He says he had an idea of the rigors that awaited him at the academy, “I’d heard from a lot of people that the hardest part was the academic part – learning all the laws, but it was so interesting that I just soaked it up like a sponge.” Jeff proved his to be a very effective sponge graduating in the Top 10% of the graduating class.

That would have made his great father very proud. “He was a police officer in Cambridge, I heard stories about him growing up. My parents had friends who were on the force.” Jeff remembers, “I just had such respect for what they went out and did everyday, the level of community involvement they had.”

Now Officer Chaisson has a growing family that is extremely proud of him. His wife Elizabeth nervously pinned his badge on at the Swearing In Ceremony in late November, not as confident in her role as he appeared to be in his. A good sport, she joked, “It’s a good thing he’s got his bullet proof vest on.” To which Chief Corr replied, “That’s why we’ve got the Fire Department here.” Meanwhile his adorable young son, Dylan, age 16 months practically stole the show. Too young to understand the proud course his father’s life has taken, admiring him just for being a great dad.

For now Jeff is happy to be on the force, soaking in all there is to learn. “I’m getting to know the station, the policy and procedures. It’s only my first week out on the roads, I’m keeping an open mind for all the different fields. I want to see everything.”

Officer Bruce Cleaver

New officer Bruce Cleaver with his family.

Bruce Cleaver grew up in Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School in 2006.

Although his grandfather, Tom Will, had been a police officer on the Bridgeport, CT force for nearly 30 years, Bruce didn’t grow up wanting to be a police officer. “I only really knew him as a cop from pictures and stories he and my mom told about Bridgeport,” says Cleaver, “I really got interested in college – it popped into my head and went with it. Having my grandfather as a police officer certainly inspired me.”

Bruce was attending UMass/Amherst where there was no Criminal Justice major. So he pursued a Sociology degree with a concentration in Criminal Justice. Through UMass he was able to do a full time internship in the Probation Department of Cambridge District Court. That real world experience helped him understand the relationship between the police and the courts, and those they serve. “I realized the courts give people a lot of opportunities to change and make things better. To go to prison or jail you have to screw up really badly. I saw how they try to help you make things right.”

In his own life Bruce was making all the right decisions to achieve his goal. After college he took the civil service exam, worked in related fields and kept himself in great physical shape.

When the call came from Lexington he was ready. Going into the academy Cleaver felt he was ready and had a good idea of what to expect. His biggest surprise at the academy was the amount of paperwork involved in policing. “A lot of people don’t’ realize how much paperwork there is. People think cops just ride around and solve crimes, but for every hour of police work, there’s 1 – 3 hours of paperwork.”

All that paperwork didn’t seem to phase Bruce. He not only finished in the Top 10% of his graduating class, but he found time to stay in great shape and won the “Most Physically Fit” award as well. His father Kip Cleaver remembers, “Bruce would come home from being at the academy all day and go to the gym. Even in the summer.”

Cleaver agrees with Chief Corr that being from Lexington gives him a step up in building a relationship

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Teddie: Big Dog, Big Show!

Owner and breeder Dr. Sheri Russell with Teddie James.

By Heather Aveson

Teddie James to compete at Westminster

Lexingtonians have a competitive spirit. And they tend to excel in competition. Three year old Teddie James is no exception. Teddie weighs 160 lbs., walks on four legs and wears a luxurious black and white fur coat. Teddie is a Newfoundland and the pride and joy of Lexington residents and Teddie’s co-owners Dr. Sheri Russell and Julie Patino.

“Teddie is a pretty remarkable dog. I like to say he has super secret powers,” says owner and breeder Sheri Russell. She knew he was special right from the start when she took the four-week old puppy to visit a terminally ill friend. He immediately snuggled up and licked her hands and face before settling in at her neck. The young girl opened her eyes and shared a final conversation with her family. “Every once in a while you get a special dog. He’s one of those dogs who just connects,” Sheri adds. That’s one reason Teddie is no only a show dog, but a trained therapy dog as well.

Teddie has it all; a good heart and good looks. In December he competed in the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, FL. He took the 1st Award of Excellence, similar to a runner up position. And it’s quite an accomplishment for a three year old to rank second out of forty-nine Newfoundlands nationally.

Next month Annisquam Light’s Perfect Gentleman “Teddie James”, his full show name, goes to the big show; The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York’s Madison Square Garden. This is the Kentucky Derby of dog shows. Once of interest to mainly breeders and owner, it’s now an event that garners national attention. And Teddie will be at the heart of it.

Julie Patino of Lexington with Teddie James (left) and his mom Ella (right).

Sheri says it takes approximately two hours to groom him before any show and hours and hours of training, nutrition, exercise and grooming before that. Although she does groom Teddie before any show, Sheri laughs off the idea that she would compete with Teddie, “We have a professional handler for that. I’m too much of a stage mom. Who knows what I’d do.”

Besides Sheri and Julie, Teddie shares his house with mom Ella and half sister Siren, who is also becoming quite a show dog. Having 450 pounds of dog, fur and drool around the house means making adjustments to the way you live. “Everything in my house was pub height. It was always a crap shoot whether a roast beef would make it or not.” Now that she’s moved to Lexington, pub style is gone but big rooms are in. “These are Velcro dogs. They always want to be where you are, but you need enough room for them to fit.”

Newfoundlands were originally bred as water rescue dogs. They are smart and extremely loving. But if you’re thinking one of these gentle giants might be right for you or your family, Sheri has a word of advice, remember they are 160 lbs of dog, fur and drool. Your commitment has to be as big as the dog.

 

 

Teddie is pictured at one of his favorite spots—Annisquam Light in Gloucester.

Thousands of people will be buying tickets to see Teddie compete in New York, tens of thousands more will watch the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on CNBC and USA networks. But here in Lexington we can often catch Teddie, Ella and Siren taking their paces around the Green. You can’t miss him, he’s a show stopper.

 

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Take a Walk on the Warm Side

Exterior thermoscan done by Sagewell, Inc.

By Heather Aveson

One click of the curser and there it is – my home in all its fluorescent orange and blue glory. My house is one of the thousands in Lexington and Arlington that has been thermal scanned by Sagewell, Inc. as part of a Mass. Department of Energy Resources (DOER) program to encourage homeowners to take advantage of energy saving programs offered through mass save™.

Seeing where the leaks are is the first step in making your home, and mine, more energy efficient and comfortable during both the winter and summer. And it’s the first step in saving money through rebates, zero interest loans and “free stuff.”

Overall, I’m pretty happy with what I see. I bought this post-war cape three and half years ago. It’s reassuring to see all that blue on the walls, roof and door. But the windows are another matter. The bright yellow means there’s moderate heat loss in those areas. And I’d have to agree. It’s always drafty around the windows, even though they’re all double paned replacement windows. Hmm.

Next step, call Next Step Living for a free energy assessment. Next Step Living is a mass save™ participating Home Performance contractor. They will come in a do a no cost energy audit of your home. During the 2 – 3 hour audit areas of air leakage are identified, the furnace or boiler, water heater and gas range are safety tested, and recommendations are made for improvement. Two other really important things about the energy assessment – you get lots of free stuff to get you started saving money and, this is very important, it qualifies you for any of the rebates and incentives offered by mass save™. I’m going to repeat that because it’s really important. You must have an energy assessment done to qualify for the rebates or incentive programs offered by mass save™.

Energy Advisor Brian Fehlau is already at work when I show up for our appointment. He is taking outside dimensions of the house and making notes about the structure. We come inside and go over the assessment. Brian says it really covers three areas; a health and safety check, free stuff and opportunities to improve energy efficiency.

We go over my wish list. No there aren’t any programs that cover storm windows or leaky sliders. But, as we walk around Brian points out gaps between the molding and the windows that are letting cold air in. That’s an easy fix. Fill them with caulking and much of the draft should disappear.

There is rebate program that may help with boosting air conditioning to the second floor and save me money. Brian asks if I’ve ever thought about a heat pump. Not in New England I say. Having lived in the south I remember heat pumps as only moderately effective in extreme temperatures. Brian assures me that the technology has really improved and the pump works with the existing heating system during those really cold spells. Before the assessment is even over, Next Step Living has helped me set up an appointment with a climate control advisor to find out more about the possibility.

We walk around the house with an infrared thermal camera checking for wall insulation and heat loss. The walls look good. The crawl spaces along the roof line look good. Poking his head into the attic space Brian sees some loose and roll out fiberglass insulation. But there’s room for improvement. Air sealing the unheated attic space will cut down on heat loss, especially around the chimney. Open space around the chimney allows warm air to escape all the way from the basement up into attic. By air sealing around the chimney all that warm air will stay in the living space. And, it’s free. And by air sealing the attic it means the program will also provide sweeps on the bottom of all my exterior doors. For free.

Score two for savings.

In the basement Brian checks the efficiency of the boiler. 85%, not bad, but I make a note to call my oil provider for a cleaning and tune up. Brian checks the

Brian measure flue gasses on the boiler. Safety checks are one of the most important parts of an energy assessment.

draw of the flue and the carbon monoxide level around the burner. Flue gasses are 26, pretty good, anything over 100 fails. And the carbon monoxide is 00, just what he wants to see. Brian tells me these tests are probably the most important part of the assessment, and when he finds a problem, “because it’s a safety issue nothing else can get done until these issues are addressed.”

He also turns down the thermostat on my hot water heater. It’s been set at 144º and should really be around 120º.Savings.

From here we go into the attached garage, it’s under the chilly family room. Although previous owners sealed off the garage doors and added just a window and door, it’s still a cold space. Copper piping running through the space sends hot water into a secondary baseboard on the second floor. With no insulation the water in those pipes is cooling down pretty quickly, and because I rarely use those baseboards they could even freeze.

This is another easy, inexpensive fix. Enough foam pipe insulation tubing to insulate all the pipes costs me six dollars at Home Depot. And it takes about 15 minutes.

Score More savings.

Brian discovers that the ceiling of the garage, under the family room has no insulation. Taking care of that should make curling up on the couch much cozier. mass save™ will cover 75% of the cost of insulating the space.

BIG savings.

As we come to the end of the assessment Brian replaces one showerhead with a water saving head, I have programmable thermostats, but if you don’t they’ll be installed right at the assessment, absolutely free. Then we come to light bulbs. Full disclosure? I don’t like compact fluorescent light bulbs or CFL’s. I don’t like the color of the light, I don’t like the way they have to warm up and I don’t like the way they can buzz when you dim them. But I want to keep an open mind so we try them in the recessed kitchen lights. No, I still don’t like them. So Brian installs them outside and in storage areas where I don’t have to spend much time with them.

In my defense, I rarely use my electric dryer and my thermostat never goes above 66º. Call incandescent bulbs my energy vice.

We sit down and go over everything we saw. He prints out a report on the spot, complete with projected savings, recommendations and associated costs. For me the only improvement that would incur a cost is insulating the garage ceiling. The 75% rebate puts my cost at $189. Sign me up.

More savings. More comfort.

Overall, I’d say the energy assessment was a great success. Did I get everything on my wish list? No, but I learned a lot, found out how to solve several of the issues myself and have help making improvements I’d never touch on my own.

mass save™ rebates and incentives change from time to time. If you have an assessment and don’t get everything on your wish list, check back now and then at www.masssave.com for information on current programs.

I just did and found out there are substantial rebates on energy efficient pool pumps.

SCORE!

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