Coming soon: the cheaper, cleaner alternatives for heating and cooling your home!
The Town of Nantucket and a team of local volunteers are getting ready to bring you HeatSmart Nantucket, the latest local program to help Nantucket residents save on their energy bills while reducing their carbon footprints. HeatSmart Nantucket will offer a simple way for homeowners and business owners to learn about and purchase high-efficiency, cold climate air source heat pumps and solar hot water systems at a special discounted price.
HeatSmart Nantucket will help you make your home heating and cooling system greener and cheaper—and help you access the thousands of dollars in rebates available to Nantucket residents. HeatSmart Nantucket is supported by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and Massachusetts Dept. of Energy Resources, who selected Nantucket for this program last November.
Currently, the HeatSmart Nantucket team is in the process of evaluating proposals from heat pump and solar hot water installers. With support from a team of technical experts, the Nantucket team will carefully select the best installers who can offer the most competitive pricing. The team is also developing additional 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 Nantucket 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 or solar hot water system, 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.
Mass Save audits on Nantucket must be specially scheduled through the Town of Nantucket Energy Office. 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 Nantucket Coach and Town Energy Coordinator, Lauren Sinatra, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What is a heat pump? What is solar hot water?
HeatSmart Nantucket is offering two clean heating and cooling technologies supported by numerous state programs.
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. These cold climate-optimized, high-efficiency heat pumps can help you can save on your energy bill and improve the comfort of your home or business, all while reducing your greenhouse gas emissions!
Solar hot water uses energy directly from the sun to heat your home or business' hot water. A solar hot water system will replace up to 70% of the fuel or electricity you use to heat your water with free, solar-powered heat.
More detailed information about these technologies, as well as the specific models that will be offered by our selected installers, will be available soon.
What kind of rebates are available?
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Mass Save, and Department of Energy Resources offer thousands of dollars in rebates to help offset the cost of purchasing clean heating and cooling systems.
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 Nantucket. 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 and solar hot water.
The Town of Nantucket coordinates with National Grid to schedule several weeks a year in which you can get your assessment. If you've already gotten an assessment within the last four years, then you'll be all ready to take advantage of the program!