Modern 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. Modern wood heating systems can often integrate into existing heating systems, and fulfill all of the heating needs of a home or business.
Modern 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.
Modern 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 modern wood heat, also called automated wood heat, visit the Feel Good Heat website.
MassCEC provides grants and rebates to support the installation of residential modern 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 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 modern wood heating system a sound investment.
Homeowners who install modern wood heating systems may qualify for the following incentives:
Businesses installing modern wood heating systems at their properties may qualify for the following incentives:
Next Steps for Installing a Modern Wood Heating System
Visit our residential modern wood heating program page for information on the application process.
Visit the Finding an Installer page, which lists modern wood heating installers and provides guidelines on how to evaluate them.
Review data from the MassCEC modern 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 modern wood heating projects in Massachusetts, then please visit the Massachusetts Forest Alliance website for an interactive map and downloadable case studies.