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CoolSmart Program Changes Head Up 2016

There are some exciting changes to the CoolSmart program for 2016! CoolSmart provides rebates and other assistance to certain utility customers to help them save energy, and lower the cost of replacing older, less efficient HVAC equipment in their homes.

Name change:The first change to the program is a name change. Beginning January 1, 2016, the CoolSmart program will be known as the MassSave Heating & Cooling program. You’ll still get great program benefits in an easy-to-understand program, but the name change reflects the fact that the program offers more than just cooling rebates.

New QIV program requirements: The Quality Installation & Verification (QIV) program is a training certification provided by the CoolSmart program for participating contractors. To take advantage of program rebates, consumers must work with a QIV-certified contractor, like Boston Standard Company. The program requires contractors to attend training sessions to help ensure that new equipment is installed to achieve maximum efficiency. Changes to the QIV program help to ensure that all participating contractors are ready to provide the highest quality installation services, and help customers achieve peak heating and cooling efficiency.

Early AC/Heat Pump Replacement Program: These programs will now be available year-round. This allows consumers to maximize their program rebates and take advantage of off-season discounts on program-eligible heating and cooling equipment. The Early Replacement programs require consumers to retire older, working heating and cooling equipment in order to claim program rebates.

Streamlined forms: Recent, credible research has shown that no one likes to do paperwork, so the MassSave Heating & Cooling programs will be replacing the standard 6-page rebate request forms for Central AC, Heat Pump Water Heater and Mini Split Heat Pump rebates with a simple, 1-page form.
Rebate amounts for 2016: The following rebates will be offered for 2016.

Central AC
16 SEER, 13 EER/$250
Central Heat Pump
16 SEER, 8.5 HSPF/$250
18 SEER, 9.6 HSPF/$500
Mini-Split Heat Pump
18 SEER, 9 HSPF/$250
20 SEER, 11 HSPF/$500
Early AC Replacement
16 SEER, 13 EERm$750
Early Heat Pump Replacement
16 SEER, 8.5 HSPF/$750
18 SEER, 9.6 HSPF/$1,000
Heat Pump Water Heater
< 55 Gallons/$750

If you’d like more information about CoolSmart/MassSave Heating & Cooling Program rebates, the QIV program, or ways you can make your home more efficient and save money at the same time, please call us at Boston Standard Plumbing & Heating at (617) 288-2911 to set up a consultation.

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