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About HeatSmart Bolton/Harvard

Learn more about HeatSmart Bolton/Harvard and the team organizing it.

HeatSmart Bolton/Harvard was the latest community clean energy initiative to help residents and businesses save money on their energy bills while also reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. Similar to the Solarize campaigns held in Bolton and Harvard since 2011, HeatSmart was a grassroots program driven by a group of volunteer Bolton and Harvard residents.

Bolton and Harvard have successfully implemented Solarize Mass for renewable electricity generation, bringing another 860 kW of rooftop and ground mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) generation to our communities. HeatSmart Bolton/Harvard focused on clean heating and cooling. Heating with fossil fuels contributes to approximately 30% of greenhouse gas emissions in Massachusetts, and reducing these emissions will be necessary to achieve the state's greenhouse gas reduction targets of 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050, according to the state's strategy from 2014. HeatSmart Bolton/Harvard is promoting three technologies, including (1) cold climate air source heat pumps (ASHP) and (2) ground source (or geothermal) heat pumps (GSHP) for space heating and cooling, as well as (3) electric heat pump water heaters (HPWH) to conserve energy for domestic hot water heating.

After evaluating 11 proposals, the HeatSmart Bolton/Harvard team selected Bill Wenzel Heating and Air Conditioning (GSHP) and Boucher Energy Systems (ASHP and HPWH) as our heat pump installers.

HeatSmart is bringing you all of the benefits of Solarize for clean heating and cooling, including:

  • A transparent, discounted price
  • Qualified installers, competitively selected by a volunteer selection committee with support from home energy experts
  • A clear, low-hassle process for participating in the program and accessing state rebates and financing
  • Educational workshops where you meet the installers, get your questions answered, and learn more about HeatSmart Bolton/Harvard and clean heating and cooling
  • Informal visits with homeowners who have already installed clean heating and cooling, so you can see what it looks like, how it works, and speak with a homeowner about their experiences

HeatSmart Bolton/Harvard is a win-win-win for everyone involved.

  • Residents and businesses get access to a special, limited-time discount on energy saving clean heating and cooling technologies.
  • The towns of Bolton and Harvard can help their residents and business save money while also reducing community greenhouse gas emissions towards their local and state goals.
  • Installing clean heating and cooling will support local businesses and will reduce the amount of imported fossil fuels you use to heat your home so you keep more of your money here instead of sending 90% of it out of state and overseas.

HeatSmart Bolton/Harvard is part of the HeatSmart Mass Pilot Program supported by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER). The HeatSmart Bolton/Harvard team also received technical support from the Cadmus Group, an international consulting firm with decades of experience supporting the development of clean energy projects and community initiatives in Massachusetts.

About the HeatSmart Team

HeatSmart Bolton/Harvard was organized by volunteers from the two communities with support from the Bolton and Harvard town governments. Together, the HeatSmart Bolton/Harvard team volunteers designed the program to help achieve their shared goals: helping Bolton and Harvard residents and businesses save on their energy bills and be more comfortable year-round while also reducing their carbon emissions.

The outreach efforts were led by HeatSmart coaches in each community, who will help guide you through the HeatSmart Bolton/Harvard process and give you the information you need to make the best decision for your home or business.

Please reach out to the HeatSmart Bolton/Harvard coaches if you have any questions or want additional information.

About the Installers

Bill Wenzel Heating and Air Conditioning

With three generations in the business, the Wenzel name has long been synonymous with quality in the heating industry. Bill Wenzel Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. has been rated #1 in sales and service of geothermal heat pumps since its inception in 1997. As an Accredited Contractor, the Bill Wenzel team is a select group of certified professional heating and air conditioning installers factory-trained and equipped with the knowledge and tools required to install, service, and maintain geothermal heating and cooling systems to the highest professional standards. With a proven track record of over 20 years installing geothermal systems, our company is committed to providing environmentally clean, economically sound, and superbly comfortable home and business environments.

As an advocate to continue the advancement of geothermal heat pumps, Bill Wenzel is a Certified Installer for the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association, a founding member of the New England Geothermal Professional Association, a designated HVAC System Quality Installation Contractor in the ACCA Quality Assured (QA) Program providing unmatched quality installations in the Energy Star New Homes Program, and is a corporate partner and member of GEO, the Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium.

Long recognized as the leading installer of quality geothermal systems in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, Bill Wenzel is proud to put his name on and stand behind his work. We look forward to working as the selected installer for HeatSmart Bolton/Harvard to provide design, procurement, and installation of geothermal heating and cooling systems.

Boucher Energy Systems

Boucher Energy Systems, Inc. was established in 1981. We are a family-owned business, providing our customers in Central and Eastern Massachusetts with a personal touch. Our goal is to utilize world class products while designing the most comfortable and energy efficient heating and air conditioning systems possible. We have designed and installed systems for houses ranging from 1,000 to 20,000+ square feet, some dating back to the 18th century.

Whether designing a system to be “architecturally correct” for a restoration of a 200 year old farmhouse or for today’s most architecturally challenging structures, you can be assured of the most innovative design, highest quality materials, and highest quality installation for your home. We are more than willing to assist you from the planning stages of your home to its completion.…in all areas of energy management.