Great news! The Towns of Carlisle, Concord, and Lincoln have launched their campaign through HeatSmart Mass! HeatSmart Mass is a community-based education and group purchasing program for clean heating and cooling technologies. Until the end of July 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.
After several weeks of deliberation, the HeatSmart CCL volunteer team competitively selected Achieve Renewable (geothermal heat pumps), New Day Energy (modern wood heating), and New England Ductless (air source heat pumps) to provide installation services to HeatSmart CCL participants, based on their ability to offer a combination of the best service and specially-discounted pricing to our community members. Come to one of our kickoff events to meet our installers and learn more about HeatSmart CCL and clean heating and cooling.
HeatSmart CCL is now open for customer sign-ups! Click here to sign up for a free site visit from one or more of our installers. If you haven't had one in the past few years, you should also 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.