Great news! The Towns of Carlisle, Concord, and Lincoln are about to launch their campaign through HeatSmart Mass. HeatSmart Mass is a community-based education and group purchasing program for clean heating and cooling technologies. From end of February through July of 2018, residents and businesses in Carlisle, Concord, and Lincoln (CCL for short) will be able to purchase advanced air-source and ground-source heat pumps and modern wood heating systems at a special, limited-time discount from competitively-selected installers. Supported by thousands of dollars in rebates from state and utility programs, these clean heating and cooling technologies can greatly reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, reduce your energy costs, and improve the comfort of your home.
Currently, the HeatSmart Carlisle, Concord, and Lincoln ("HeatSmart CCL" for short) volunteer team is evaluating proposals from installers. With support from a team of technical experts, the team will competitively select installers who can offer the best services and specially-discounted pricing to our communities. Additionally, the team will be finalizing educational materials over the next month to put on this website to make sure you know everything you need to know to HeatSmart.
HeatSmart CCL will open for customer sign-ups in late February 2018. In the mean time, sign up for a free home energy audit, which will identify other ways to help you 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. Learn more about how you can get your free audit here.
Questions? Contact the HeatSmart Coach from your town.
- Carlisle: Bob Zogg (HeatSmartCarlisle@lowcarboncarlisle.org)
- Concord: Brad Hubbard-Nelson (HeatSmartConcord@concordma.gov)
- Lincoln: John Snell and Belinda Gingrich (HeatSmartLincoln@gmail.com)
The HeatSmart Mass pilot program was developed with support from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Department of Energy Resources (DOER). Learn more about the HeatSmart Mass program and its goals here.
Three towns, three technologies
There's more than one way to green your heat: HeatSmart CCL will be offering customers air-source heat pumps and ground-source heat pumps, which use heat from the air and ground to provide your home with heating and cooling in one system, as well as modern wood heating systems, which will allow you to heat your home with locally-produced, sustainably-harvested wood pellets. All three of these technologies could help you save on your energy bill and improve the comfort of your home—all while reducing your carbon footprint! More detailed information about these technologies and the models HeatSmart CCL's installers will be offering will be available soon.
What kind of incentives are available?
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 a new clean heating and cooling system! A variety of financing options, including the 0% interest Mass Save HEAT Loan (for Carlisle/Lincoln residents only) are also available.
What can I do to get ready for HeatSmart?
Get a free home energy audit through Mass Save or the Concord Municipal Light Plant!
If you live in Carlisle or Lincoln—or live in Concord and heat with gas—Mass Save, the state's utility energy efficiency program offers free home energy audits. Completing this audit will not only provide you with more info about your home's energy usage, but also make you eligible for the 0% interest Mass Save HEAT Loan, thousands of dollars in rebates for additional home insulation, and MassCEC rebates.
If you live in Concord and don't heat with gas, the Concord Municipal Light Plant will provide you with your free home energy audit. Similarly, completing this audit is a requirement for Concord MLP's rebates.