The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities has approved a 3-year plan that puts Massachusetts on a path to achieving mandated 2030 and 2050 emission reduction targets. Starting in 2022, the plan offers substantially increased incentives for weatherization (insulation and air sealing) and heating system upgrades, and better incentives for income eligible customers.

For those planning to upgrade their heating and cooling systems with heat pump technology, there are three important changes to MassSave rebates that will benefit Newton homeowners:

Increased Rebates for Replacing Natural Gas Systems

The rebates for converting heating systems from natural gas will now qualify for the same rebates as homes heated by heating oil, propane, and electric baseboards. The new rebates for replacing natural gas heating with qualified heat pumps jumps to $1250 per ton of heating capacity. (A typical Newton home uses just over 3 tons of heating.)

$10K Rebates for Whole Home Heat Pump Conversions

If homeowners convert to heat pumps for heating and cooling their entire home, the rebate is $10,000 for air source heat pumps conversions, and $15,000 for ground source heat pumps.

If the legacy heating system is not removed, the homeowner must install integrated controls to qualify for the rebates. The rebate for each control is $500 rebate up to a maximum of three per home.

Improved Rebates for Heat Pump Water Heaters

Customers switching from a natural gas water heater to a heat pump water heater will now receive the same financial incentives as those switching from an electric, oil, or propane water heater. A $750 instant savings incentive is available for qualifying heat pump water heaters.

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