For Massachusetts homeowners in Reading and the surrounding towns who are looking to save money on their home heating and cooling costs, there are plenty of options. Both the state and the federal government are offering energy rebates on equipment, energy efficient technology, upgrades, etc.
For the uninitiated, though, these programs can be a bit of a maze. It’s hard to tell one from the other, much less know the eligibility requirements, the specific amounts and what parts of the program are right for your home and your needs.
Fortunately, we know all about these Massachusetts programs at 128 Plumbing, and we’ve covered towns like Reading, Wakefield, Melrose and beyond. We’ve been supporting the equipment and energy efficiency technology for years, and we can help guide you through these programs in Reading.
With that in mind, let’s look at what they are and how they work, and how to use 128 Plumbing to get the most savings for you.
What is the Mass Save Program?
The Mass Save program is an initiative started in the state of Massachusetts that’s designed to help residents and homeowners in towns like Reading cut their utility costs and energy bills via equipment, utility upgrades and home energy assessments.
The best part of this program is that it’s free for those who qualify in Reading and beyond. The Mass Save program is being conducted as part of a partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Energy, and it includes the top utility companies and providers in the state, whether you live in Reading, Melrose, Wakefield or another nearby town.
128 Plumbing has worked with these providers and the state agencies that are involved, so we understand the goals and how the process works.
We’re a willing and eager participant, whether the solution involves a home energy assessment, appliance upgrades or revamped heating systems that can save you money on your home energy bill.
How Energy Efficiency Programs Work?
The linchpin of the Mass Save program is no-interest loans for home energy upgrades. These loans can be for up to $25,000 in Reading and all the neighbouring towns, and you can do a lot with that money to cut your utility bills and become more efficient. You can also apply for these loans in any other town, including Arlington, Melrose, Wakefield, etc.
What Increases Energy Efficiency?
Specifically, here are some of the solutions that are available:
Revamping your heat system with a heat pump can save you thousands of dollars over time, and it can reduce your reliance on fossil fuels in Reading, along with your carbon footprint.
Water heating equipment
Your water heater represents about 20 percent of your home energy bill, so upgrading your equipment can save you a lot of money, especially if the efficiency rating of your water heater jumps to 90 percent or higher.
A central air conditioning unit that operates by using a heat pump is another upgrade that can save you thousands of dollars, and there are rebates available in towns like Reading to help offset the purchase price.
Insulation and energy efficient windows
These may seem like small upgrades, but they can go a long way toward saving you a lot of money when it comes to your energy bill.
Saving Money on Your Utility Costs
There are many ways to cut your utility costs by using Mass Save, but they all start with a home energy assessment. At 128 Plumbing, we can give you an accurate and thorough assessment, then make recommendations on what equipment you need to buy or upgrade.
Energy Rebates and Incentives and How They Work
The biggest rebate in the Mass Save rebate program is for heat pumps. Homeowners in Massachusetts towns like Reading can get a rebate of $10,000 to install an air source heat pump through Mass Save.
That amount goes up to $16,000 for those who meet specific income requirements, whether you’re in Arlington, Melrose, Wakefield or any other neighbouring town in eastern Massachusetts, so it’s more than worthwhile to see if this kind of rebate is right for you.
The exact amount varies according to the system you’re installing, and we can give you the necessary guidance there. It also depends on how much of your home you’re heating, the entire house or just a section of it.
Saving Money on Your Electric Bill
While electric heat can be prohibitively expensive, there are many other ways to save money on your Reading electric bill.
Heat pumps, energy efficient appliances, and more efficient furnaces are just a few of the ways you can save, and we can help you pinpoint the best way to get the maximum savings.
Energy Saving and Efficiency Programs
One of the major goals of the Mass Save program is to help you become more energy efficient, and we’re one of the contractors who can do a home energy assessment to get you started in Reading and other Massachusetts towns that 128 Plumbing covers.
After that we can help you with insulation recommendations, installations that will seal up the air flow in your house, and energy efficient products that will further increase your energy efficiency.
Rebates and Saving Money
One of the biggest questions about the rebates offered through Mass Save involve getting a rebate check. No one wants to wait long after laying out money for an energy-related purchase, but fortunately you’ll be able to get your rebate quickly.
Usually it takes 10-12 weeks to receive a rebate check, and the companies selling the equipment are aware of this time frame and will work with you while you’re waiting for the check to come in.
Use 128 Plumbing to Get Energy Rebates and Savings in Reading and Massachusetts
Evaluating your eligibility for home energy rebates and savings can be confusing when you try and size up all the options and cut costs, but at 128 Plumbing we have years of experience doing this.
We can do a home energy assessment in Reading that will help you understand your situation when it comes to energy rebates, and 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. Whether you’re in Malden, Arlington, Melrose, Wakefield, or another Massachusetts town, we’ll answer your questions and guide you through the process, and we can also schedule you for a home heating efficiency visit. When we do we’ll tell you what rebates you’re eligible for, and how to get them.
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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 home heating efficiency, Mass Save rebates and other related energy efficiency programs.