The Town of Arlington has partnered with Abode to help residents transition to clean heating technologies.
Electrify Arlington is working with Abode to train community volunteers to support residents who want to install air source heat pumps and solar hot water systems. These technologies can help save residents money on utility bills and help Arlington meet its goal of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Explore the resources below to learn more about these technologies, their benefits, and available incentives!
Clean Heating Technologies
Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP)
Air source heat pumps (often referred to as ductless mini-splits) are a clean technology you can use to both heat and cool your home. There are a number of economic, environmental and health benefits associated with installing air source heat pumps.
Heat Pump Water Heaters
A heat pump water heater is powered by electricity to heat water for use with faucets, showers, and appliances. The heat pump unit pulls in air from the surrounding space, extracting heat from the air and using the refrigerant cycle to heat the water.
Solar Thermal Systems
Solar thermal, also known as solar hot water, similarly collects solar energy using roof-mounted panels or tubes, but rather than converting that energy into electricity as with solar PV systems, solar thermal systems store the energy in water, heating it.
Why Clean Heating & Cooling?
Clean heating technologies tied to the MA electric grid produce 40-60% less carbon emissions than traditional fossil fuel based systems.
Massachusetts leads the nation in energy efficiency, which includes making these systems more cost effective to run and ensuring the installation is comparable to traditional systems.
Health & Wellness
Whether carbon monoxide in our home, or carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, the writing is on the wall– a world without burning fossil fuels is where we must go.
Properly sized clean heating technologies can radically improve your home’s temperature and humidity all year long. Keep you cozy and your house healthy.
Incentives for Clean Heating & Cooling
Mass Save HEAT Loan
If you’re installing a solar hot water system or air source heat pumps, you may be eligible for a 0% interest HEAT Loan from Mass Save. You can finance up to $25,000 over the course of 7 years for home energy efficiency upgrades. While fuel prices fluctuate for many projects the energy savings can often come close with covering the principle payments each month. Find out more about Mass Save’s HEAT Loan program.
Rebates & Tax Credits
Massachusetts leads the nation in energy efficiency and has many incentives and rebates available to help make clean heating technologies affordable. Learn more about rebates available from Mass Save, or through the MassCEC. Mass Save heat pump rebates have increased starting in 2022, and eligible air source heat pump equipment could qualify for a rebate of up to $10,000. Learn more about Mass Save heat pump rebates.
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