Neville Place at Fresh Pond has taken new major steps toward becoming an energy efficient community thanks to the Mass Save Program. With decreased energy consumption and a lower electricity bill, the community plans to free up funds for specialized programming and quality of care for the seniors who live at the Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support community at Fresh Pond.
“As we looked to the future, it was important for us to find innovative ways to improve our building’s appearance and energy usage, as well as our relationship with the environment,” says Alan Lappas, Executive Director at Neville Place. “We recognize that we are so fortunate to enjoy the natural beauty at Fresh Pond and be a part of the Cambridge community, so we believe that we have a responsibility to promote energy conservation. To make use of the latest ideas in technology innovation and energy conservation is not just a natural extension of Neville Place’s commitment to innovation in senior living, it’s also the right thing to do for our greater community.”
To start the process, Neville Place engaged with Mass Save to complete an energy assessment in an effort to minimize their carbon footprint.
Throughout the course of the project, Neville Place converted all interior and exterior lighting to energy-efficient LED bulbs, replaced all refrigeration units with high-efficiency motors and relays, installed seven frequency drivers on the HVAC pumps and make-up airflow to the boilers, and added censored lighting in all stairways to conserve energy.
The Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support Community worked with World Energy Efficiency Services of Worcester on the updates, which cost just over $219,000. Mass Save paid for the renovations and upgrades through their incentive program for commercial and residential properties.
“We’ve been researching ways to become more energy efficient, and when we learned about these local services available to us, there was no question that the time to start was now,” says Lappas. “We always love working with organizations whose value of affordability and sustainability aligns with ours. In addition to reducing our impact on the environment, the electricians we worked with estimate that we will see savings of $7,000 – $8,000 on our monthly energy bills.”
For more information on Neville Place Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support’s innovative approach to senior living, please visit www.NevillePlace.com.