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A shift of mass

Clean Energy Works just called me to say that they've approved my loan application. This is the program that rejected my sister's application a few weeks ago. I tweeted the mayor to say that it didn't seem fair, he DM'ed me back saying he'd look into it, and now my application has been approved.

I asked the Clean Energy Works person what the approval criteria were, and she said your house has to be in the "top 75%" of energy inefficiency--or the bottom 25% of efficiency, I guess--and you have to pass the credit check. The inefficiency measure is based on heating bills and square footage. There was nothing to suggest that "mayoral pressure" was involved. Yet I went "Hm."

It turns out that the work they underwrite is really unglamorous: insulation, air-sealing, water-heater wrapping. No replacement windows or doors, nothing pretty or fancy or even visible. Just the hard, ugly work of blowing insulation into existing walls, and caulking gaps between them and the floors, and putting fiberglass blankets up under the floor from the basement.

It strikes me that it's almost like compacting the mass of all the stuff I've gotten rid of in the past couple of years and stuffing it into the walls and crawl spaces to help keep me warm this winter.

Work starts in October.

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