Most Massachusetts homeowners in towns like Arlington are aware of the rebates, savings and free products offered through the Mass Save program. If you’re not, you should definitely keep reading! They represent an opportunity to upgrade your home heating and cooling system, get your home evaluated for energy efficiency and save a lot of money in the process. But parts of the Mass Save program can be confusing, especially when you try to determine if you’re eligible for the various provisions in this program.
At 128 Plumbing, though, we’re one of the contractors delivering assessments, equipment and solutions as part of the program, so let’s review how to determine if you’re eligible for the Mass Save program and you happen to live in Arlington or one of the surrounding towns.
The Mass Save Eligibility Basics for Rebates and Incentives
While the primary focus of the Mass Save program is to help homeowners save money while becoming more efficient with their home heating and cooling systems, there are also incentives for landlords and renters in towns like Arlington, too. Household income plays a role in eligibility as well.
There are two different programs to use for potential savings in Arlington, Melrose, Wakefield and other towns:
- Enhanced Residential program: This program offers eligibility over a wide income range—specifically, from $39,000 to $141,000. This program offers a variety of incentives, and it also includes a free insulation upgrade for your Arlington home.
- Income Eligible Program: The income range for this program is slightly smaller. It starts at $39,000 and tops out at $106,000 in household income. That means you could be eligible in any number of towns, including Wakefield, Reading, Arlington, Melrose, Malden and so on.
In addition, Mass Save will give you a rebate of up to $100 if you purchase a smart thermostat with a high Energy Star rating from a retail store. Mass Save also offers a shopping guide to help you find discounted smart thermostats, and 128 Plumbing can help you with this process by providing feedback on the thermostats we’ve recommended and worked on in Arlington and beyond.
How Mass Save Rebates Work?
The Mass Save rebate program process starts with an application. Once your Arlington application is processed and approved, you can contact a company like 128 Plumbing to make whatever improvements and upgrades you need. When the work has been completed, you get a rebate check that’s based on your specific eligibility and the work you’ve had done in Arlington or any other Massachusetts town. It usually takes 10-12 weeks to receive your rebate check.
Getting a HEAT Loan from Mass Save
HEAT loans are another great way to capitalize on Mass Save savings. Let’s start with some numbers. If you qualify, you can borrow anywhere from $2,000 to $50,000 for 12-84 months. The interest is 0 percent, and owner occupied residences with 1-4 family members are eligible, and homeowners, renters and landlords can all be eligible as well.
You should have a good credit score of 620 or above. The household income helps determine eligibility. For a single household, it’s 42K. These numbers apply whether you live in Arlington, Melrose, Wakefield or any other town, so you shouldn’t hesitate to apply.
The Approval Process for a HEAT Loan
The processing time for a heat loan varies, based on several factors:
- Time of year for your submission
- What kind of financing you’re looking for
- How complete your paperwork is
The average processing time is from 2-7 days, and 128 Plumbing can help you with the specifics of your Arlington HEAT loan. It’s important to make sure you’re covered by the Mass Save program before you apply for your loan.
Use Energy Assessments to Upgrade Your Home Heating and Cooling System
While heat pumps are the major selling point of the Mass Save rebate program, you can also get help with your furnace and your AC units in towns like Reading and Arlington. The program provides rebates of up to $1,750 for both furnace and AC units, so upgrading either of these is another great way to get in on the savings.
How to Get an Energy Assessment as Part of Mass Save?
You can get an energy assessment for your home from Mass Save itself, or you can get this kind of assessment from one of the approved contractors, which includes 128 Plumbing.
The advantage of getting this kind of assessment from us is that we have years of experience evaluating, recommending, maintaining and repairing every kind of home heating and cooling system on the market.
We know which ones are the most energy efficient, and we know which ones fit the Mass Save program the best. We can make specific recommendations based on your Arlington home and your needs about incentives and rebates, and the entire evaluation process will only take an hour or two.
Let 128 Plumbing Guide You Through the Mass Save Rebate Process
Evaluating your home energy usage can be confusing when you try to size up all the Mass Save rebate options and cut costs, but at 128 Plumbing we have years of experience doing this in Arlington and beyond.
We can do a home energy assessment that will help you understand your Mass Save eligibility, whether you’re in Melrose, Wakefield, Reading, Woburn and beyond. We can also make appropriate recommendations about your home energy system, heating and cooling system, appliances, and so on.
The process starts with a phone call. The numbers are (888) 419-4233 or (781) 670-3261.
We’ll answer your questions and guide you through the process, and we can also schedule you for an Arlington home heating efficiency visit to evaluate your current HVAC system and give you an idea of what your best rebate options are going forward.
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To get even more information, you can also go to 128Plumbing.com and start a live chat, and we have some great blogs and articles there to help educate you about Mass Save rebates in Arlington and beyond that will tell you everything you need to know.