The cheaper, cleaner alternative for heating and cooling your home is here!
HeatSmart Nantucket is now open for sign-ups! HeatSmart Nantucket is the latest local program to offer smarter, cleaner alternatives to help Nantucket residents and businesses save on their energy bills. With support from a group of local volunteers and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the Town of Nantucket is offering Nantucket home and business owners a simple way to learn about and purchase high-efficiency, year-round solar hot water systems and cold-climate air source heat pumps.
Meet the HeatSmart Team!
The HeatSmart Nantucket team will be hosting an educational "meet the installer" event at Bartlett's Farm on Saturday, October 20 from 1-3 pm. Come for refreshments and educational presentations on solar hot water and heat pumps and get your questions answered by our selected installer, RES Solar, and other experts.
Additional information on this event can be found here.
HeatSmart Nantucket participants will be able to work with RES Solar with support from local installer Nantucket Solar Solutions for a special discounted price on solar hot water systems and a roster of heat pump installers qualified by MassCEC to receive rebates.
Want to learn more about solar hot water and heat pumps? Read our FAQs and come meet the HeatSmart team and installers of solar hot water and heat pump systems at one of our community meet the installer events to get your questions answered.
Also, if you haven't received a no-cost home energy assessment through Mass Save, consider signing up for a free assessment, 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 solar hot water, heat pumps, home weatherization, and more.
Learn more about the Mass Save Home Energy Assessment program and how to schedule an appointment here.
Questions? Want to get involved? Contact the Town's Energy Coordinator, Lauren Sinatra, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-325-5379 for more information.
What is solar hot water? What is a heat pump?
HeatSmart Nantucket is offering two clean heating and cooling technologies supported by numerous state programs.
A turnkey solar hot water system uses renewable solar energy to heat your home or business' hot water. A year round solar hot water system is highly efficient with very little maintenance and will save you up to 80% on your hot water bills. With 24/7 online monitoring, you can see for yourself the energy and money you’re saving.
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!
What incentives and financing options 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. State and federal tax credits are also available for solar hot water systems.
What can I do to get ready for HeatSmart?
Get a free home energy assessment 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 and thousands of dollars in rebates for additional home insulation.
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!