Coming soon: the cheaper, cleaner alternative to heating and cooling your home!
A group of local volunteers are teaming up with the towns of Bolton and Harvard to bring you HeatSmart Bolton Harvard, the latest local program to help Bolton and Harvard residents save on their energy bills while reducing their carbon footprints. HeatSmart Bolton Harvard is a simple way for homes and businesses to learn about and purchase high-efficiency air- and ground-source heat pumps at a special discounted price.
Think about it like the 2011 Solarize Harvard and 2016 Solarize Bolton campaigns, except for clean heating and cooling. Just like with Solarize, HeatSmart Bolton Harvard is supported by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and Massachusetts Dept. of Energy Resources.
Currently, the HeatSmart Bolton Harvard team is in the process of evaluating proposals from installers. With support from a team of technical experts, we'll competitively select the best installers who can offer the most competitive pricing. We're also in the process of finalizing educational materials to hand out and put on this website so that you have all the information you need to HeatSmart.
HeatSmart Bolton Harvard will open for customer sign-ups on February 26, 2018.
Questions? Want to get involved? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What is a heat pump?
Air and ground source heat pumps transfer heat in and out of buildings to provide heating and cooling in one system. They're not unlike air conditioners that can run in reverse and provide you heat from the air or ground—even when it's below -10°F outside!
As clean heating and cooling technologies, heat pumps can help you can save on your energy bill and improve the comfort of your home, all while reducing your greenhouse gas emissions!
More detailed information about air and ground source heat pumps, as well as the specific models that will be offered by our selected installers, will be available soon.
How much does a heat pump cost? What kind of rebates are available?
Pricing will vary depending on your home and your needs: the cheapest heat pump applications start at around $4,000 before rebates. Rebates from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and Mass Save, as well as a new incentive from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources could cover up to 50% of the cost of your heat pump system!
Stay tuned for more info: a full guide to rebates and the special pricing that will be available through this program will be online soon!
What can I do to get ready to HeatSmart?
Get a free home energy audit!
As part of HeatSmart Bolton Harvard, MassCEC is piloting a new free "enhanced" home energy assessment exclusive to Bolton and Harvard residents. Not only will you learn more about how your home uses (and loses) energy just like in a standard Mass Save audit (and make you eligible for the 0% interest Mass Save HEAT Loan, thousands of dollars in rebates for additional home insulation, and MassCEC's Clean Heating and Cooling rebates), but you will also learn more about your home's heating load, how air and ground source heat pumps might work for your home, and how weatherization could improve the performance of a heat pump in your home.
This new, free audit will be performed by HomeWorks Energy and will be open to the first 100 Bolton and Harvard homeowners. The enhanced audit is still being finalized, but sign up below and HomeWorks will reach out to you when the audits are ready to be scheduled. Note: Bolton Eversource Gas customers are not eligible to participate in this program
Are you an Eversource Gas customer in Bolton or just want to get a standard Mass Save audit?