Coming soon: the cheaper, cleaner alternative for heating and cooling your home!
A group of local volunteers are teaming up with the town of Great Barrington to bring you HeatSmart Great Barrington, the latest local program to help Great Barrington residents save on their energy bills while reducing their carbon footprints. HeatSmart Great Barrington will offer a simple way for homeowners and business owners to learn about and purchase high-efficiency, cold climate air source heat pumps at a special discounted price.
Much like the 2014 Solarize Great Barrington program, HeatSmart Great Barrington helps make your heating and cooling system greener and cheaper—and offers the advantage of thousands of dollars in rebates available to Great Barrington residents. And just like with Solarize, HeatSmart Great Barrington is supported by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and Massachusetts Dept. of Energy Resources.
Currently, the HeatSmart Great Barrington team is in the process of evaluating proposals from installers. With support from a team of technical experts, the GB team will carefully select the best installers who can offer the most competitive pricing. The team is also hard at work developing educational materials for this website and for printed handouts so that you have all the information you need to understand and participate in HeatSmart.
HeatSmart Great Barrington will open for customer sign-ups in late February 2018. In the meantime, you can get a jumpstart on the process by signing up now for a free home energy audit through Mass Save, which will help you identify other ways to save energy and make your home more comfortable year-round—and make you eligible for rebates and financing for clean heating and cooling and home weatherization.
If you think you may be interested in installing a heat pump, it is recommended that you do complete the Mass Save audit and consider completing the suggested home insulation and weatherization improvements, which will make your home even more comfortable and improve the performance of your heat pump. Learn more about how you can get your free audit—and access the Mass Save rebates of 75% or more—here.
Questions? Want to get involved? Contact the HeatSmart Great Barrington Coach, Michael Feldstein, at email@example.com for more information.
What is a heat pump?
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 collect heat from the outdoor air—even when it's below -10°F outside!
As a clean heating and cooling technology supported by state programs, cold climate-optimized, high-efficiency 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 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 $3,500-4,000 before rebates. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and Mass Save offer thousands of dollars in rebates to help offset the cost of purchasing a 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 for HeatSmart?
Get a free home energy audit through Mass Save!
Mass Save, the state's utility energy efficiency program, offers free home energy assessments to residents of Great Barrington. Not only will you learn more about how your home uses (and loses) energy, but completing this audit is a requirement 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 for heat pumps.
In fact, it is recommended that you complete some of these home insulation upgrades before installing a heat pump to make your home even more comfortable, save you more on your energy bill, and improve the performance of your heat pump.