Learn About Automated Wood Heating

Automated wood heating technologies use organic matter, such as wood or wood pellets, to produce heat for homes, businesses, and other buildings.

These specially-designed systems use this organic material much in the same way a traditional boiler or furnace uses oil, propane or natural gas. Automated wood heating systems can often integrate into existing heating systems, and fulfill all of the heating needs of a home or business.

Automated wood heating systems are versatile, and can be designed for homes and businesses of all sizes. Systems are typically fully-automated and require limited maintenance. Wood pellet delivery is available in most parts of the Commonwealth and can be designed to require only three deliveries per year.

Automated wood heating systems allow home and business owners to reduce their dependence on costly and environmentally-damaging fossil fuels, instead using a renewable energy source to heat their home or business.

To explore the unique benefits of automated wood heat, also called modern wood heat, visit the Feel Good Heat website.

MassCEC provides grants and rebates to support the installation of residential automated wood heating systems. Please see our Residential, Business Clean Heating and Cooling website for more details on how to apply for funding.

Economics & Incentives

Residential:

Residential project costs average $25,000, depending on the site and project type.  However, MassCEC, state, and federal incentives can significantly reduce these upfront costs, making a automated wood heating system a sound investment.

Homeowners who install automated wood heating systems may qualify for the following incentives:

Incentive

Amount

Expires

MassCEC Rebate

Up to $12,000 (or up to $16,500 for income-based grants)

June 2020

Mass Save HEAT Loan

0% for 7 years;

up to $25,000

Ongoing

Alternative Energy Credits

Varies

Ongoing

 

 

Business

Businesses installing automated wood heating systems at their properties may qualify for the following incentives:

Incentive

Amount

Expires

Alternative Energy Credits

Varies

Ongoing
 

 

Next Steps for Installing a Automated Wood Heating System

  1. Visit our residential automated wood heating program page for information on the application process.
  2. Visit the Finding an Installer page, which lists automated wood heating installers and provides guidelines on how to evaluate them.
  3. Review data from the MassCEC automated wood heating rebate program, including pricing, equipment, installer and location that can be helpful in understanding what is being installed in your area. The data can be downloaded here

If you are a business, government, or non-profit entity and want to learn more about successful commercial-scale automated wood heating projects in Massachusetts, then please visit the Massachusetts Forest Alliance website for an interactive map and downloadable case studies.