Last month, Governor Deval Patrick announced a new residential clean energy grant available to all Massachusetts residents that will allow homeowners to save on the purchase and installation of renewable heating and cooling technologies. The $875,000 grant program will enable homeowners to claim rebates of as much as $10,000 when they upgrade their home heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems using qualified equipment.
To take advantage of the grant program, homeowners must install high-efficiency, inverter-driven air or ground-source heat pumps. High efficiency heat pumps can put out three heating or cooling energy units for each unit of electricity they consume. When used as a replacement for conventional electric, oil, or propane-based heating and cooling systems, heat pumps can reduce operational costs by as much as 50%.
The grant program is part of a larger effort by the Patrick administration to reduce heating and cooling costs for state residents, reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the state, and create jobs in clean energy industries.
Currently, three manufacturers – Daikin, Fujitsu and Mitsubishi – offer air-source heat pump models that qualify for the grant program. Air source heat pump installations can qualify for rebates of up to $6,250 per applicant. Both central and mini-split heat pump technologies qualify for the program.
Installation of a qualifying ground-source heat pump may allow residents to claim a rebate of as much as $10,000. For ground-source heat pump installations, applicants should work directly with a qualified installer to ensure that their purchase meets the program’s selection and installation requirements.
Applications for rebates will be accepted until August 31, 2014 on a first-come, first-served basis, or until funding for the program is exhausted. Applicants must work with their installers to claim this rebate. Boston Standard Plumbing & Heating is certified to install qualifying Fujitsu and Mitsubishi products. If you would like more information about this program, qualifying products or other products that are designed to save on your heating and cooling costs, please contact us at (617) 288-2911 to set up a consultation.