The cheaper, cleaner alternative to heating and cooling your home is here!
A group of local volunteers has teamed up in 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 that it features clean heating and cooling instead of solar photovoltaics (PV). Just as with Solarize, HeatSmart Bolton Harvard is supported by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and Massachusetts Dept. of Energy Resources (DOER).
The HeatSmart Bolton Harvard team is pleased to announce that Boucher Energy Systems (air source heat pumps and heat pump water heaters) and Bill Wenzel Heating and AC (ground source heat pumps) have been selected out of eleven applicants to serve as the HeatSmart Bolton/Harvard installers. Look over this website to learn more about clean heating and cooling, then sign up for a free site visit from one or both of our installers.
The deadline for signing contracts for new heat pump installations under HeatSmart Bolton Harvard has been extended from July 31 to August 31, 2018. However, pricing of some equipment may increase for contracts signed beyond July 31. Also, community volunteer availability may be more limited during August.
Questions? Want to get involved? For more information, contact a HeatSmart coach:
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 zero outside!
As clean heating and cooling technologies, heat pumps can help you save on your energy bill and improve the comfort of your home, all while reducing your greenhouse gas emissions!
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 $4,500 before rebates (for a single mini-split). 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!
Please consult our pricing and incentives/financing guides below or read our FAQs for more information
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 is being performed by HomeWorks Energy and is open to the first 100 Bolton and Harvard homeowners who qualify. Slots are still available, so sign up below and HomeWorks will reach out to you to schedule your audit. Notes on eligibility: Bolton Eversource Gas customers are not eligible to participate in this program. If you have had a Mass Save audit in the past 2 years, you are not yet eligible for another free audit. A Mass Save audit is recommended but not necessary to participate in HeatSmart, but you must have completed an audit in the past 2 years to take advantage of the 0% interest Mass Save HEAT Loan and in the past 4 years for MassCEC rebates.
Are you an Eversource Gas customer in Bolton or just want to get a standard Mass Save audit?