Energy Efficiency and Utility Savings
As highlighted by the U.S. Department of Energy, energy efficiency is “one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to combat climate change, clean the air we breathe, improve the competitiveness of our businesses and reduce energy costs for consumers”.
The resources in this section cover a wide variety of energy and energy efficiency technologies, programs, and incentives. Take advantage of these resources to complete low-to-no-cost energy conservation measures that will reduce your energy use and utility costs while shrinking your carbon footprint.
'Main Streets' SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAM
From Monday, September 9th, to Friday, September 13th, Eversource and its selected turnkey energy efficiency provider, AECOM, will be visiting local small businesses in Framingham to identify energy-saving solutions. In addition to a no-cost energy analysis of your business, Eversource will be offering enhanced incentives and 0% financing through this program. It is a great opportunity to improve your bottom line while protecting the environment!
If you are a local small business in Downtown Framingham, look at for Eversource and AECOM as they may be visiting your business from September 9th to September 13th!
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If you are a customer of Eversource, you contribute to and are eligible to receive technical and financial assistance through Mass Save, a collaborative of utilities and energy efficiency providers that offer programs and incentives to customers across the state. As part of the recent release of its 3-year Energy Efficiency Plan for 2019 - 2021, new and exciting opportunities to save money while saving energy will soon be available. Opportunities currently available include:
- No-Cost Energy Assessment
- 75% Off Insulation
- 0% HEAT Loan Financing
- Heating and Cooling Equipment
- Other Rebates and Incentives
No-Cost Home Energy Assessment
Scheduling a no-cost home energy assessment is one of the best ways to identify opportunities to save energy as well as rebates and incentives that can help finance energy saving measures. This is a service that is provided to you as part of the small energy efficiency charge on your monthly utility bill that you already pay - take advantage of it! By getting a home energy assessment, you could receive the following at no cost:
- ENERGY STAR® LED light bulbs
- Advanced power strips
- Low-flow showerheads
- Faucet aerators
- Programmable thermostats or discounted wireless thermostats (installed at a second appointment)
These are in addition to other offers Mass Save provides, such as low cost weatherization services and HEAT Loan financing. To schedule an energy audit, contact Mass Save at 1-866-527-SAVE (7283).
WEATHERIZE YOUR HOME
Improve the cooling and heating efficiency of your home by making sure it is properly insulated!
Through Mass Save, Eversource is providing incentives of 75% off the total cost of insulation projects with no upper limit. To further assist with financing, customers can pair this offer with the 0% HEAT Loan to help cover the remaining cost of the insulation project.
Low-income households may also be eligible for 100% off insulation improvements.
More information about this offer is available on Mass Save. To begin, schedule a no-cost Home Energy Assessment with Mass Save at 1-866-527-SAVE (7283)
ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECT FINANCING
You could qualify for a 0% interest loan of up to $25,000 with terms up to 7 years for energy efficiency improvements in your home through the HEAT Loan Program.
To schedule a home energy assessment and identify potential energy saving projects, call Mass Save at 866-527-7283.
ELECTRIC HEATING AND COOLING EQUIPMENT
Framingham residents may be eligible to improve the performance and efficiency of their HVAC systems with electric heating and cooling equipment. Energy-efficient equipment like air-source heat pumps can help to supplement your existing heating and cooling systems and reduce your energy costs.
Mass Save is currently offering rebates for the installation of air source air conditioning systems and electric heat pump systems.
More information regarding eligibility, rebate amounts, and rebate program forms can be found on the Mass Save Electric Heating and Cooling Equipment page.
OTHER REBATES AND INCENTIVES
Mass Save also offers a variety of rebates, incentives, and price discounts on heating and cooling equipment, water heaters, lighting and appliances, and heating/cooling controls:
- Gas Heating Equipment: up to $2,750 rebate
- Room Air Cleaners: $40 rebate
- Clothes Dryers: $50 rebate
More information on other rebates and incentives can be found on Mass Saves' Residential Rebate and Incentives page.
No-Cost Facility Assessments
A Mass Save facility assessment offers a significant opportunity improve the profitability of your business while saving energy and protecting the environment. In addition to identifying ways to maximize the energy efficiency of your existing operations and equipment, a no-cost facility assessment can connect your business to cost-effective energy conservation measures as well as applicable rebates and incentives.
Learn more about potential electricity and natural gas-saving measures on Mass Save's Facility Assessment page.
New Buildings and Renovations
Building a new facility or planning a major renovation for an existing one? Mass Save offers a variety of technical expertise and custom and prescriptive incentives that can assist with the development of your project. More information is available on Mass Save’s New Buildings and Major Renovations page.
Builders of large multi-family developments should pay close attention to the Multi-Family High Rise New Construction Program that offers specialized incentives to applicants that meet the program requirements. Owners of existing large multi-family developments can also apply for a Multi-Family Home Energy Assessment to help improve their property's energy efficiency and increase their property value.
OTHER REBATES AND INCENTIVES
For more information about Mass Save's expansive list of rebates and incentives for the implementation of energy conservation measures at businesses, visit the Mass Save Application Portal and access the "Business Incentives" PDF available there.
Other program information can be found on the Business Rebates page.
GREENING YOUR ELECTRICITY SUPPLY
As part of the Green Communities Act of 2008, the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) in Massachusetts is one standard that requires retail suppliers of electricity to get a certain percentage of the electricity they sell to customers from qualifying renewable energy generating facilities, such as solar energy systems and wind turbines. Each year since 2009, the amount of electricity that suppliers need to source from renewable energy generating facilities increases by 1%. Currently, all electricity suppliers in Massachusetts must have 14% of electricity they supply from renewable energy generating facilities in the state under RPS requirements. Other programs adopted by Massachusetts that continue to make our electricity supply 'greener' can be found on the DOER's Program Summaries page.
If you would like to have more of your electricity come from renewable resources, you can purchase renewable energy credits or select a competitive electricity supplier that will purchase renewable energy credits for you. Learn more about renewable energy credits and competitive suppliers here.