Weatherization Navigator to help residents save energy and money

Feb 15, 2024

MIDDLEBORO — Sustainable Middleboro, a local environmental nonprofit, has received a three-year grant from the EmPower Massachusetts program from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) to hire a half-time Weatherization Navigator.

The Weatherization Navigator will help local residents, landlords, and business owners — especially low-income and renter populations — through the often-confusing process of implementing and financing home and building improvements that will save money and energy, according to a press release by Sustainable Middleboro.

“Middleborough and Lakeville residents are eligible for a whole array of rebates, tax credits, financing, and other incentives from local, state, and federal agencies for energy improvements,” said Sustainable Middleboro Board President Kimberly French. “But figuring out how they can be accessed and combined is not easy. The Weatherization Navigator will help people through that process.”

A previous EmPower grant funded the group’s online Weatherization Guide, available at The group’s “Weatherize Now!” campaign focuses on the town’s low and moderate income households and the Middleboro Center environmental-justice district designated by the state.

“MassCEC is proud to see Sustainable Middleboro’s work bring the benefits of clean energy and weatherization to environmental justice and low and middle income populations in their community,” said Dr. Emily Reichert, CEO of MassCEC. “Their development of a Weatherization Guide under EmPower has been incredibly valuable for the residents of Middleboro, and we’re looking forward to seeing these efforts expand into direct community outreach through the Weatherization Navigator role.”