Cool Smart Helps Homeowners In Boston Install Air Conditioning

In my last two posts, I talked about a couple of programs designed to help homeowners in Boston install air conditioning with the help of rebates and incentives that are now available. Cool Smart is another such program that can provide rebates on air conditioning systems of up to $500. The program also helps Boston homeowners find qualified installation personnel to install and repair air conditioning and gives tips for saving energy and improving the efficiency of your central air conditioning systems. For more information about the Cool Smart program, contact us at Boston Standard Plumbing at (617) 288-2911 or the Conservation services group at 1-800-473-1105.

Cool Smart is one of several programs designed to assist homeowners. For homeowners who are having difficulty paying electric bills in the summer (and heating bills in the winter), the Energy Bucks program can provide assistance. The Energy Bucks program is income dependent and can provide fuel subsidies, discounts on utility services like electricity and natural gas, and help pay for services that are designed to reduce your home’s energy consumption and improve the efficiency of your appliances, heating and cooling equipment. If you would like more information about the Energy Bucks program, or want to find out if you qualify for assistance, please call 1-866-537-7267.

If you’re considering building a home, your new home can be awarded an ENERGY STAR® designation if it meets certain energy-saving criteria. ENERGY STAR® rated homes contain insulation, high-performance windows, and energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment.

Boston Magazine named Boston Standard Plumbing & Heating the Best of Boston 2010, and we can help you design, install and maintain high-efficiency heating and cooling systems for your Boston home. Call us at (617) 288-2911 to discuss the heating and cooling incentives you may qualify for under these programs.

Mass Save Program Can Help You Reduce Boston Home Heating And Cooling Costs

Local homeowners and business owners can take advantage of a new program designed to help reduce the cost of making Boston home heating and cooling repairs and home improvements that reduce a home’s energy consumption. The MASS Save program (, which is available to homeowners and business owners throughout Massachusetts, provides rebates and tax credits to help homeowners pay for energy audits and complete energy-saving repairs and upgrades.

The program provides rebates and tax incentives, low-cost long-term financing for major improvements, and instant coupons that can be used to lower the cost of purchasing energy-efficient appliances and lighting. Depending upon your income level, some repair and upgrade work may be completed at no cost to you.

To find out what programs are available to you, visit the Web site and enter your city or ZIP code. For some types of repairs or upgrades, you may also need to identify the type of home heating equipment you currently use.

Examples of program rebates and incentives include a 75% rebate of up to $2,000 to help defray the cost of completing the audit’s requirements. This audit, performed by a trained professional, can help you better understand how you can reduce your energy consumption and improve the living environment in your home.

Other program incentives include a $300 rebate for installing a high-efficiency indirect water heater; a $300-$400 rebate for installing an ENERGY STAR® qualified central air conditioner or heat pump; a $500 rebate for installing a qualifying ENERGY STAR® rated ductless mini-split heat pump or air conditioner; installing a high-efficiency propane or heating oil system; a $100 rebate for installing weather-responsive controls for oil or propane-fired hot water heat systems; a $25 rebate on the purchase of a 7-day programmable thermostat (limit 2); a rebate of 75% (max: $2,000) on insulation upgrades; and rebates of between $200 and $1,600 on high efficiency furnaces, boilers, and control units.

I’ll put more information in future posts, but if you’re interested in replacing, repairing or upgrading your home’s current heating or cooling equipment, contact Boston Standard Plumbing at (617) 288-2911 for more information about how you can take advantage of these outstanding incentives.