Clean Heating and Cooling

MassCEC's Clean Heating and Cooling programs offer rebates to support the installation of renewable heating, hot water, and cooling technologies at homes across the Commonwealth. These technologies offer a high level of comfort, are generally more cost-effective to operate than traditional systems, and reduce your carbon footprint. MassCEC has announced a $30 million commitment to these technologies through 2020. 

Available Programs:

Air Source Heat Pumps

Air-source heat pumps (ASHPs) can provide cost-effective and energy-efficient heating and cooling for your home. While traditional systems burn fuel to create heat, a heat pump instead works by moving heat into or out of a home. Though they require electricity to operate, efficient ASHPs use 40 percent to 70 percent less electricity than traditional electric-resistance heating. Rebates of up to $6,000 are available. 

Key Points
  • Easy to install at existing homes and compatible with any type of existing heating system 
  • Often installed to supplement existing heating systems
  • Provide both heating and cooling in a single, efficient unit without the need to install ductwork
  • Lowest up-front cost of any clean heating and cooling technology, and can be more cost effective to operate than traditional oil, propane, or electric heat
Next Steps
  1. Familiarize yourself with air-source heat pump technology, costs and benefits, and other incentives 
  2. Determine if you are eligible for a MassCEC rebate
  3. Find an installer
  4. Work with your installer to select and install an appropriate, qualifying system and submit for the rebate

Biomass Heating

Central biomass pellet heating technologies use wood pellets to produce heat, much in the same way traditional boilers or furnaces use oil, propane, or natural gas. Biomass heating systems can often integrate into existing heating systems, and can fulfill all of a home's heating and hot water needs. Systems are typically fully-automated, and require limited maintenance. Wood pellet delivery is available in most parts of the Commonwealth, and systems can be designed to require only three deliveries per year. Rebates of up to $16,500 are available.

Key Points
  • Typically installed in homes with baseboard hot water heating, but furnace options are also available for homes with forced air heating
  • Generally provide heating for an entire home
  • Can be more cost-effective than heating with traditional oil, propane, or electric heat
Next Steps
  1. Familiarize yourself with biomass heating technology, costs and benefits, and other incentives
  2. Determine if you are eligible for a MassCEC rebate
  3. Find an installer
  4. Have your installer apply for the rebate, and complete the installation

Ground-Source Heat Pumps

Ground-source heat pumps (GSHPs) can provide cost-effective and energy-efficient heating, cooling, and water heating by utilizing the nearly constant temperature underground to heat or cool your home. GSHPs are typically the most efficient type of heat pump. Though they require electricity to operate, efficient GSHPs can provide the same amount of heating for 65 percent to 75 percent less than traditional electric heating. Rebates of up to $20,000 are available.

Key Points
  • Great option for new construction, but can also replace existing forced air or hydronic heating systems
  • Typically provide heating and cooling for an entire home, plus supplemental hot water
  • Provide both heating and cooling in a single, efficient unit
  • High installation costs, but can be substantially cheaper to operate long term than heating with traditional oil, propane, electric heat, or even natural gas
  • Offers the greatest greenhouse gas reductions of any clean heating and cooling technology
Next Steps
  1. Familiarize yourself with ground-source heat pump technology, costs and benefits and other incentives
  2. Determine if you are eligible for a MassCEC rebate
  3. Find an installer
  4. Have your installer apply for the rebate

Solar Hot Water

Solar hot water systems use the energy of the sun to heat water for use in your home’s hot water system. Solar hot water systems reduce the usage of traditional water heating fuels (such as oil, electricity, or natural gas) and thereby reduce the amount you spend purchasing these fuels. Rebates of up to $6,000 are available. 

Key Points
  • Great option for both existing homes and new construction
  • Can reduce water heating costs and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 percent
  • Especially cost-effective for homes heating water with oil, propane or electricity
Next Steps
  1. Familiarize yourself with solar hot water technology, costs and benefits, and other incentives
  2. Determine if you are eligible for a MassCEC rebate
  3. Find an installer
  4. Have your installer apply for the rebate

Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out

This program is currently closed to new applications. Old wood stoves manufactured before 1988 generate between 5 and 20 times as much soot and dust as modern wood and pellet stoves. This soot, or “particulate,” may cause serious lung and heart conditions. Modern stoves also use about 33 percent less wood to produce the same amount of heat. 

 

Key Points
  • Must replace an existing, non-EPA certified woodstove
  • Increased efficiency of new woodstoves saves money on fuel while reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Less soot and smoke emitted by new woodstoves means healthier air for wood-burning homes and surrounding communities
Next Steps
  1. Familiarize yourself with new wood stove technology, costs and benefits, and other incentives
  2. Find a participating stove professional from last year's program
  3. Work with your stove professional to select and install an appropriate stove.