In my last post, I wrote about the Mass Save program. This excellent program can help homeowners lower the cost of Boston home heating and cooling improvements. In many cases, substantial rebates are available for homeowners who want to make improvements to their home’s heating and cooling equipment, or who want to reduce their home’s energy consumption.
These rebates can really reduce the cost of making these improvements. Once the improvements are made, homeowners can count on reduced home heating and cooling costs – another excellent benefit of the program. In this post, I want to discuss some of the incentives that are available for substantial renovations that you may be considering.
Extensive home remodeling or building an addition can easily reach into the tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. This kind of project provides an excellent opportunity to rethink the way you heat and cool your home. In many cases, a large addition will prove to be too taxing for the existing heating and cooling plant. Relying on additions to the existing system may leave the new space too cold or too hot.
Homeowners in this situation are typically faced with two choices: an expensive re-design of the home’s entire heating and cooling system, or the addition of a second, separate heating and cooling plant that serves the added space. With the Mass Save program, homeowners may be able to afford to choose the more efficient option – a single, redesigned heating and cooling system that can heat all areas of the home.
Low interest loans are available through the Major Renovations program that can help defray the cost of completely redesigning the heating and cooling system. In the long run, this approach saves money because it enables the homeowner to maintain a single heating or cooling plant. It also saves energy because the homeowner can rely on a single, high-efficiency system, rather than two systems, which may not be equally efficient.
The Major Renovations program is administered through the local electric utilities. NSTAR Electric, National Grid, Cape Light Compact and the Western Massachusetts Electric Company are all participating in the major renovations program. Whether or not you’re considering a major renovation, Boston Standard Plumbing can assist you with all of your Boston home heating and cooling needs. Please contact us at (617) 288-2911 for more information about the Mass Save programs and how you may be able to save hundreds or thousands of dollars on energy-efficient upgrades to your home.
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