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Home energy upgrades extended for homeowners



Recorder Staff
Monday, April 30, 2018

GREENFIELD — Residents can invest in energy-efficiency upgrades this summer, giving them a chance to make winter heating bills a little cheaper by the end of the year.

Two programs, Mass Save and Mass Clean Energy Center, are offering incentives to improve insulation in homes and replace wood stoves.

Mass Save has removed the cap on how much money can be borrowed for energy upgrades, according to Director of Energy and Sustainability Carole Collins.

According to Collins, Mass Save, a collaborative of Massachusetts utilities that provides financing for energy upgrades, residents that are income-eligible can get 75 percent of the cost for insulation improvements in their homes covered through the program.

Collins said that previously the total cost covered was up to $2,000 by Mass Save. The lifted cap will remain for the rest of 2018.

Income eligibility requirements vary based on household size but are based on combined annual incomes. A full list can be found on the Mass Save website at: MassSave.com.

Woodstove rebates

In addition, the Mass Clean Energy Center, a quasi-public agency funded through the state, is offering the Woodstove Change-out Program, which gives rebates to those who replace older woodstoves with EPA-certified wood or pellet stoves. Rebates of $1,500 are available, though income-eligible residents can receive up to $3,000.

Applications and new stove installation must be completed by Aug. 28. For more information, visit: masscec.com.

You can reach Dan Desrochers at:

ddesrochers@recorder.com

413-772-0261, ext. 257.