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MassSave Offers 2014 High-Efficiency Rebate Programs

Some of the federal tax credit programs that have been active in recent years are no longer available, but MassSave still has rebate programs that you can take advantage of. These programs can help lower the cost of replacing or updating your heating, cooling and hot water delivery systems, and they’re worth taking a look at.

New, high-efficiency heating equipment can reduce your operational costs by as much as 30%. By itself, that will help you save money immediately and provide a faster return-on-investment. Currently, these rebates are available to utility customers served by Berkshire Gas, Blackstone Gas, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Liberty Utilities, National Grid Gas, NSTAR Gas and Unitil Gas. Western Massachusetts Electric customers may also qualify for certain MassSave rebate programs.

Residential High-Efficiency Heating Equipment Rebate Program

MassSave’s current rebate programs for home heating equipment include:

$1,600 Rebate Integrated Water heater/Condensing Boiler with a boiler rating of >95% AFUE (Must be considered one unit by manufacturer)

$1,500 Rebate Forced Hot Water Boilers >95% AFUE rating

$1,200 Rebate Integrated Water heater/Condensing Boiler with a boiler rating of >90% AFUE (Must be considered one unit by manufacturer)

$1,000 Rebate Forced Hot Water Boilers >90% AFUE rating

$600 Rebate Warm Air Furnaces >97% AFUE rating equipped with Electronic Commutated Motor (ECM) or equivalent advanced furnace fan system

$500 Rebate Heat Recovery Ventilator

$300 Rebate Warm Air Furnaces >95% AFUE rating equipped with Electronic Commutated Motor (ECM) or equivalent advanced furnace fan system

$225 Rebate After-market Outdoor Boiler Reset Controls

$25 Rebate 7-Day Programmable Thermostat

$100 Rebate Wi-Fi Thermostat

Water Heating Equipment

In addition to rebates on high-efficiency heating equipment, you can also claim rebates for the purchase and installation of the following qualified water-heating systems.

$800 Rebate On-Demand, Tankless Water Heater with an Energy Factor of 0.94 or greater

$500 Rebate
• On-Demand, Tankless Water Heater with an Energy Factor of 0.82 or greater, or
• Condensing Gas Water Heater with a 95% Thermal Efficiency or greater (75 to 3000 MBH)

$400 Rebate Indirect Water Heater Attached to a Natural Gas Boiler

$100 Rebate ENERGY STAR-labeled Storage Water Heater with an Energy Factor of 0.67 or greater

If you would like more information about these rebate programs, which are available through December 31, 2014, please contact us at Boston Standard Plumbing & Heating at (617) 288-2911 for more information about the programs, or to get started with a home energy assessment.

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DOE Grants Can Help Homeowners In Boston Install Heating And Cooling Equipment

The US Department of Energy is offering some nice grants to help homeowners in Boston install heating and cooling equipment, and other energy- or utility-saving devices in their current home. Some of these incentives expire in 2010, while others extend as far into the future as 2016. These grants will help reduce the cost of more expensive heating and cooling renovations, and increase the time in which homeowners have to plan their upgrades.

If you’re considering building a new home, or completely replacing your home heating system, the Department of Energy (DOE) is offering a credit of 30% of the cost, up to $1,500, on central air conditioning, electric heat pumps, high-efficiency furnaces and boilers that run on natural gas or propane, and advanced main air circulating fans for furnaces. Each of these systems must meet certain efficiency guidelines as spelled out in the program rules. This credit is available only through 2010 and applies only to improvements made on your primary residence. For more information about this program, please consult the DOE Web site.

The DOE program will also provide a rebate of up to $1,500 on biomass stoves used for home heating. A biomass stove provides heat by burning agricultural crops, trees, wood, wood pellets, plants, grasses, plant residues and fibers. Most often, these stoves are seen in rural areas. For more information about this credit, please see the DOE Web site.

The DOE is offering a credit of up to $1,500 on high-efficiency water heaters. Most tank-storage water heaters won’t qualify for this credit, but if you plan to install a tankless water heater system, your system may qualify. Before you make plans to use this credit, you should know that electric tankless water heaters will not qualify for this credit because they do not provide significant enough energy savings. In addition, electric tankless water heaters are about as efficient as they’re ever going to get. Without room for improvement, the energy savings offered by electric tankless water heaters do not meet the program’s energy efficiency goals.

In my next post, I’ll discuss additional DOE incentives that can help homeowners in Boston install heating and cooling equipment and other energy saving devices.

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.

Long-Term Financing Available For Boston Home Heating and Cooling Improvements

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.