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2016 Heating Equipment Replacement Rebates

MassSave has announced its 2016 Early Heating and Cooling Equipment Replacement rebates! This program provides a rebate incentive to replace WORKING but inefficient residential heating and cooling equipment. Non-working equipment is not eligible for rebates under this program.

To qualify for rebates under this program, a homeowner or landlord must replace a working boiler that is at least 30 years old or a working furnace that is at least 12 years old. Rental properties with up to 4 units qualify for this rebate. Properties with more than 4 units are not eligible to participate.

The rebate program is limited to customers of Berkshire Gas, Blackstone Gas Company, Cape Light Compact, Columbia Gas of MA, Eversource, Liberty Utilities, National Grid and Unitil. Eligible installation dates vary by utility, but most installations must be completed and rebates must be requested by December 31, 2016. Rebates through some utilities expire on October 31, 2016.

The rebate program is not available to customers who want to switch fuel sources. For example, you cannot receive a rebate if you intend to switch from an oil furnace to a natural gas furnace.

Heating oil: Rebates of between $750 and $1,900 are available for the replacement of oil furnaces and boilers, provided the new equipment’s AFUE rating is 86% or higher for furnaces with an ECM blower and forced hot water boilers, and 84% for a steam boiler.

Propane and Natural Gas: Rebates of between $1,000 and $3,500 are available for the replacement of propane or natural gas furnaces and boilers, provided the new equipment’s AFUE rating is 95% or higher for furnaces with an ECM blower, 90% for forced hot water boilers in rental units and owner-occupied single-family residences, and 82% for steam boilers. Fuel source conversions are not eligible.

Electric: Homeowners can take advantage of rebates of between $750 and $1,000 on early replacements for central air conditioners and heat pumps of any age, as long as the replacement central air conditioner is rated with a SEER of at least 16 and an EER of at least 13. Central heat pumps of any age are eligible for a $750 rebate, as long as the replacement heat pump is rated with a SEER of at least 16 and a HSPF of at least 8.5. Central heat pumps of any age are eligible for a $1,000 rebate, as long as the replacement equipment is rated with a SEER of at least 18 and a HSPF of at least 9.6.

If you have older, inefficient but working heating and cooling equipment in your home, the 2016 Early Heating Equipment Replacement rebates offer a great opportunity to replace your system(s) with more efficient ones. You’ll recover the cost of the upgrade more quickly through reduced operating costs, and you’ll be doing your part to help the environment.

If you would like more information about the MassSave Early Heating and Cooling Equipment Rebate program, or would like to schedule a visit, please call us at Boston Standard Plumbing & Heating at (617) 288-2911.

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Gas Networks Offers Boiler Replacement Rebates For 2013!

Once again, National Grid and NSTAR will offer a substantial rebate on the purchase and installation of replacement boilers. Boston homeowners who have a working boiler that is at least 30 years old qualify for some great rebates when they replace their old boiler with a qualifying new model. Landlords may be eligible for a special rebates on qualified rental properties!

Don’t get us wrong: 1983 was a great year! Bjorn Borg retired from tennis. The final episode of M*A*S*H* aired on television. Michael Jackson introduced the Moonwalk. The space shuttle Challenger made its first flight. The New York Islanders won their fourth consecutive Stanley Cup. Pioneer 10 passed Neptune. Raymond Flynn was elected as the mayor of Boston. Sally Ride became the first U.S. woman in space. Poland declared martial law. The Vostok Station in Antarctica recorded the lowest temperature on Earth (-128.6°F). Carl Yastrzemski retired. President Ronald Reagan approved GPS information for civilian use. The Baltimore Orioles won the World Series in Bowie Kuhn’s last year as the commissioner of Major League Baseball. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday was designated as a national holiday and McDonald’s introduced the McNugget. If the boiler in your home marked all of these milestones, it’s time to consider replacing it!

The Gas Networks special rebate program for replacement boilers is available only until August 31, 2013 and applies only to working residential boilers that are at least 30 years of age. Replacement forced hot-water boilers that use natural gas and are at least 90% efficient will qualify for a rebate of $3,500. Replacement steam boilers that use natural gas, propane or fuel oil and are at least 82% efficient will qualify for a rebate of $1,900 and forced hot water boilers that use heating oil and are at least 85% efficient will qualify for a rebate of $1,700.

For landlords, replacement forced hot water boilers that use natural gas and are at least 90% efficient will qualify for a rebate of $4,000 provided that the claimant’s landlord status can be verified, and the installation location is no larger than a four-family unit. Replacement steam boilers that are at least 82% efficient will qualify for the same $1,900 rebate that residential properties do. Forced hot water boilers that use heating oil and are at least 85% efficient will qualify for a rebate of $1,750, provided that they are installed in non-owner occupied residential properties.

To start the rebate process, you must request a Mass Save Home Energy Services Program Site Visit between May 1, 2013 and August 31, 2013, prior to replacing the boiler. Boston Standard Plumbing & Heating can complete this site visit and get you on your way to owning a new, more efficient boiler. All equipment must be installed prior to October 1, 2013 and all rebate requests must be submitted no later than October 1, 2013.

You are also eligible to participate in the 0% Mass Save HEAT Loan financing program. This program allows you to finance the cost of qualifying replacement heating equipment over a seven-year period on a same-as-cash basis. This program is a home run all the way around! Save money on the purchase and installation of new, high-efficiency heating equipment. Save money on operational costs over the life of the equipment, and reduce the cost of the original purchase through this great rebate program.

If you have a qualifying, operational boiler that was installed no later than 1983, or you would like more information about this rebate program, please contact us at Boston Standard Plumbing & Heating at (617) 288-2911 today! We can perform the Mass Save Home Energy Services program site visit and help you save on the installation of a high-efficiency replacement boiler!