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Learn more about HeatSmart Hudson-Stow and the team organizing it.

HeatSmart Hudson-Stow is a community-based, volunteer-led, clean heating and cooling initiative to help residents and businesses improve home comfort, lower their energy bills, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Similar to Stow Solar Challenge], HeatSmart is a grassroots program driven by a group of volunteer Hudson and Stow residents.

Heating and cooling accounts for around 75% of the average Massachusetts home energy bill and 27% of greenhouse gas emissions statewide. HeatSmart Hudson-Stow promotes the adoption of highly efficient air and ground source heat pumps to help reduce these emissions.

HeatSmart Hudson-Stow offers:

  • A competitively-selected, highly-qualified installer partnership through Boucher Energy Systems and Bill Wenzel Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Transparent and competitive pricing
  • A clear, low-hassle process for accessing state or local rebates and financing
  • Events where residents can meet the installer, get questions answered, and learn more about HeatSmart Hudson-Stow and clean heating and cooling technologies
  • Open houses with homeowners who have already installed heat pumps

HeatSmart will be a win-win for everyone involved:

  • Residents and businesses will get access to competitively priced energy-saving air and ground source heat pumps, a technology that enhances comfort year-round, lowers greenhouse gas emissions, and can lower energy costs.
  • Our towns will reduce our community greenhouse gas emissions, helping us contribute towards the State’s foal of an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050.
  • Electrifying home heating gives you the opportunity to use on-site renewable electricity or take advantage of Hudson Light and Power’s 80% zero-emissions electricity (and one of the lowest electricity rates in Massachusetts) to heat your home and reduce your energy costs.

HeatSmart Hudson-Stow is part of the HeatSmart Mass Program supported by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources.

Questions? Reach out our coaches Jeanette (for Hudson) and Sharon (for Stow) at

About the HeatSmart Team

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

Outreach efforts are led by HeatSmart coaches in each community, who will help guide you through the HeatSmart Hudson-Stow process and give you the information you need to make the best decision for your home or business.

The HeatSmart Hudson-Stow team is supported by several community partners, including:

Sustainable Stow is a group of volunteers reporting to the Town Administrator of Stow, MA. Our mission is to collectively build a more sustainable, environmentally-sound, and climate-resilient community. Our focus on helping Stow reduce its carbon footprint, while helping individual homeowners save money. Sustainable Stow hosts forums on home energy savings, solar, electric vehicles, and residential heat pumps.

Sustainable Stow meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month, 7:30 pm, at the Randall Library. For more information, visit our website at

Green Hudson is a volunteer group made up of residents dedicated to promoting environmental sustainability in Hudson by:

  • Helping make Hudson a Green Community
  • Promoting Energy Conservation & Efficiency
  • Promoting Environmental Education
  • Supporting Renewable Energy Generation and Sustainability Planning
  • Promoting Recycling and Reuse

Green Hudson meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month, 3pm, at the Avidia Bank Community Room. We routinely hosts speakers and lively conversation around a host of topics. Please feel free to join us. For more information visit our website

Hudson Light supports its communities' efforts to reduce their carbon footprint by promoting wiser choices when making household/business purchases, upgrading heating/cooling, and general home/business energy use through our rebates, incentives, and energy audits.


  • Residential rebates are available for Energy Star appliances, heat pumps, water heaters, and electric car battery chargers.
  • Incentives are offered on solar installations, commercial upgrades, and commercial energy audits.
  • Residential energy audits are free.
  • Rebated residential LED lighting is available at our online store.

For more information on rebates and incentives, visit

To help promote the HeatSmart effort, the Department had doubled its heating/cooling incentive to $1,000 for HeatSmart participants. We encourage HeatSmart participants to take advantage of our free energy audits: call 888-772-4242 or visit

With over 90% of our electricity generated from greenhouse gas-free sources, Hudson Light has a small carbon footprint. This portfolio includes the output from two local solar fields and our photovoltaic customers. Our electric vehicle charging station in Hudson continues to help reduce local greenhouse gas emissions. We remain dedicated to continuing to provide our communities with reliable, responsible, and economical service.

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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.