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Get Ready to Heat Smart!

The launch of HeatSmart Bolton/Harvard is just around the corner! Learn more about where we are so far and what you can do to make sure you're ready to participate in the program once we launch.

HeatSmart Bolton/Harvard is a community-based education and group purchasing program offering the latest heat pump technology to homeowners and businesses to improve the efficiency and lower the costs of heating and cooling. (You can read all about it at: HeatSmart is a pilot program jointly supported by MassCEC (Massachusetts Clean Energy Center) and DOER (Department of Energy Resources). Three other communities are also participating in the 2018 pilot.

After reviewing eleven proposals, the HeatSmart Bolton-Harvard team is excited to announce the selection of Boucher Energy Systems and Bill Wenzel Heating & Air Conditioning, as the partner air-source heat pump and ground-source heat pump installers, respectively. More information about the timetable for meetings and home tours, beginning with two “Meet the Installer” kickoff events in early March in each town, will be posted here on our website soon. At our kickoff events, you'll be able to meet with our installers and volunteers and ask questions about the technology, process, and pricing.

Want to be ready to take advantage of air source and ground source heat pumps? Now is the time to sign up for a free Home Energy Assessment through MassSave, which also offers thousands of dollars in rebates on weatherization and home energy efficiency upgrades and 0% interest financing which can be used on the cost of your heat pump system.

The home energy assessment can reveal cost-effective weatherization and insulation improvements that reduce your heating and cooling load, which will:

  • Potentially reduce cost of new heat pump equipment,
  • Reduce fuel consumption,
  • Improve comfort, and
  • Benefit the environment.

Although several companies are MassSave partners and are advertising home energy assessments, MassCEC/DOER have teamed exclusively with HomeWorks Energy to pilot an enhanced home energy assessment, which goes beyond conventional assessments and focuses on giving you more information to prepare your home for heat pump installation. It is offered exclusively at no cost to the first 100 Bolton and Harvard residents as part of the HeatSmart program. Click here to learn more and sign up for your free enhanced energy assessment.

Please note that Eversource Gas customers in Bolton are not eligible to participate in the enhanced audit pilot and will need to complete a standard Mass Save Home Energy Assessment.

While completing a home energy assessment (standard or enhanced) is not required to participate in HeatSmart Bolton/Harvard, you will need to have completed a free assessment within the past four years to be eligible for many of the available incentive and financing programs, including the Mass Save HEAT Loan, Mass Save weatherization and insulation incentives, and the MassCEC rebates. Completing either the standard or enhanced audit will make you eligible for these incentives, and both are free (already paid for via your National Grid electric or gas bill) if your last assessment was more than two years ago.

Posted by the HeatSmart Bolton/Harvard team on February 11, 2018.