What can I do for the climate?
Tuesdays, April 2, 9 & 16, 6:30-8:00 pm, 3 wks
Learn about strategies for adopting clean, renewable energy such as solar, and for wasting less heat and electricity at home. And get the buzz about electric vehicles.
1st class: Clean, renewable solar power and solar hot water for your home. Would you like solar power and/or solar hot water for your home, but you’re not sure if you can afford them? This class will cover solar options, requirements, and incentives and loans that make these clean, renewable energy systems more affordable.
2nd class: Get the most out of your solar and lower wasted energy in your home. Waste less energy and get the most out of your solar systems by learning about a range of energy saving strategies for your home, such as prioritizing weatherization measures, exploring efficient new systems for heating and cooling, and finding incentives for these energy upgrades.
3rd class: Electric cars are hitting the road. Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more popular, with prices dropping, big incentives available, and electric driving ranges increasing. Get the buzz on what cars are available, matching an EV with your driving needs, charging an EV at home and on the road, matching solar power with EV charging use, charging with the lowest impact on climate change, avoiding range anxiety, and taking advantage of a big incentive for EVs that is not well known.
Electric Vehicle Handbook
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Plug-In Electric Vehicle Handbook for Consumers (note: excessive jargon and acronym warning)
Big Rebates Renewed for New, Efficient Woodstoves
Massachusetts residents and businesses with a working, non-EPA certified woodstove or fireplace insert are eligible for a rebate of up to $1,750 for replacing it with a qualifying, EPA-certified model. Those who meet income requirements are eligible for rebates up to $3,250. More details are available at http://www.masscec.com/commonwealth-woodstove-change-out.
No Cap on Mass Save Insulation Incentive Thru 2018!
This year, many Mass Save programs have lifted their $2,000 cap on covering 75% of the cost of insulation through 2018. There’s no limit on the total qualifying insulation costs that they’ll cover at their 75% incentive. You will still need to pay for the 25% out-of-pocket costs or explore getting a 0% Mass Save HEAT Loan for that expense.
To see if you qualify, you can call Mass Save at 866-527-SAVE (7283). If you are eligible, you can schedule an energy assessment to get the process rolling.
Eversource, National Grid, & Berkshire Gas are among the utilities participating in this program. However, this offer may not apply to customers of other electric utilities, as the Mass Save programs differ depending on your utility, and it does NOT apply to everyone.
There’s more information on their website [https://www.masssave.com/en/saving/residential-rebates/special-limited-time-offer-on-home-insulation/], but you’ll need to talk with Mass Save to find out for sure if you qualify.
Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) Being Replaced by SMART Program Soon
The web page https://cabaus.org/2017/02/06/state-proposes-new-solar-incentive-program/?mc_cid=e85bacd3c5&mc_eid=43200b9b20 offers a clear explanation of this change of solar incentives expected to be in place soon. To qualify for SRECs, which are expected to have higher values than the new incentives under the SMART program, a solar system must be fully operational by the launch of the SMART program. Check with solar installers for details, to find out if SMART program incentives have been finalized, and to see if there’s still time to have solar installed to qualify for SRECs.
MA Solar Loan
This program makes low interest loans available for financing residential solar power (PV), allowing homeowners to get solar without the large upfront costs!
The program offers:
- A low-interest, fixed-term loan for homeowners and residents
- Additional loan support of 10-30% off the cost, for income-qualified moderate to low-income solar owners
Two lenders are participating in the program in our area.
To qualify for this loan, you’ll need to start with a quote from a participating MA Solar Loan Installer (list available on the website below) and review the program steps on their website before starting the installation process.
See www.masssolarloan.com for more details.
30% Federal Tax Credit for Home Solar
The 30% federal investment tax credit for residential solar power projects lasts through 2019, before it begins to taper down 4% each year and expire in 2022. So, if you want to explore getting solar power for your home, you have time to decide and to take advantage of this big solar tax credit.
EV in DC during climate march
Save thousands on electric vehicles
- Nissan Leaf (all electric—107 miles on a charge)
- Chevy Volt (~53 miles electric range + 367 miles on gas)
- Chevy Bolt (all electric—238 miles on a charge)
- Prius Prime (25 miles electric range + 615 miles on gas)
Mass Save is offering heating and cooling equipment replacement rebates year-round of up to $3,500, for replacing working 30 year old or more boilers and 12 year old or older furnaces and qualifying central AC and air source heat pumps.
First schedule an energy assessment or site visit to find out if your heating or cooling system is eligible and make sure that the new equipment to be installed meets Mass Save specifications. You may also be able to use Mass Save’s 0% HEAT Loan for your new system.
Mass Clean Energy Center Rebates for Clean Heating & Cooling!
The CEC program offers rebates of up to $2,500 for efficient, electric air source heat pumps (centralized & ducted) and ductless mini splits.
Rebates start at $625 per single head mini split, for up to 3 systems for their base rebate; CEC has even higher rebates for income-qualified residents.
The program also has rebates for ground source heat pumps and central wood pellet heating systems.
For more details, see http://www.masscec.com/programs/clean-heating-and-cooling.
Mass SAVE is also offering $250-500 rebates for centralized, ducted air source heat pumps and $100-300 rebates for ductless mini splits (you can apply for both CEC & Mass Save rebates).
And you can apply for a 0% Mass SAVE HEAT Loan for air source heat pumps & mini splits.