ABOUT LEXINGTON HEATSMART
Air source heat pumps and solar hot water systems are cost-effective, market-ready technologies that transform how homes use energy. These technologies can help save you money on your utility bills and also significantly help Lexington decrease its overall carbon footprint, benefiting the community.
Lexington HeatSmart is working with Abode to connect residents with local, reputable contractors. Through this program you can request, receive, and compare quotes from multiple contractors and discuss the project with an Energy Advisor every step of the way.
Explore 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.
GROUND SOURCE HEAT PUMPS (GSHP)
Whereas air source heat pumps use the air as their heat reservoir, ground source heat pumps (GSHP) use the ground as their heat reservoir. Whether a ground source heat pump is right for you depends in large part on the site conditions of your home.
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.
CLEAN ENERGY CONSULTATIONS
STEP 1: INTAKE FORM
STEP 2: Energy Advisor Consultation
STEP 3: ABODE SUPPORT
Meet Our Energy Advisors
Have multiple contractor quotes? Abode offers a quote comparison service that helps you decipher the jargon and understand system performance. Connect with an Energy Advisor to access the service. See Clean Energy Consultations above.
For a review of up to 3 quotes
- Complete a questionnaire about your home and upload the quotes to our portal.
- Receive an easy-to-understand report within five business days.
- Understand the performance of the equipment being proposed.
- Compare quotes for efficiency, cost, cooling & heating capacity, and greenhouse gas impact.
PARTICIPATING CONTRACTOR LIST
HOME ENERGY ASSESSMENTS
Before upgrading your heating or cooling system, you want to ensure your home is well insulated so your new system will be as efficient as possible. We encourage you to schedule a Mass Save® no-cost home energy assessment. Your energy specialist will evaluate your home’s insulation levels and provide you with recommendations for incentivized upgrades. These upgrades can have a substantial impact on the selection and performance of your heating and cooling system, reducing your carbon footprint and energy bills. A home energy assessment is also a prerequisite for accessing other Mass Save® incentives.
Here are some helpful videos to get you started.
Having switched her daughter’s mid-century oil-heated house to a net zero home (geothermal/solar) two years ago, and seeing how well it worked, she is in the
midst of a similar project in a much older house (100+ years). Though her home was not conducive to geothermal, she’s enjoyed the payback from solar panels and a new high efficiency heat system. While drawn to all sorts of home improvement projects, the challenge of optimizing energy conservation, economically and practically, is what attracted her to be a HeatSmart Advisor.
Janice is a Board member of the Lexington Climate Action Network (LexCAN), a participant in the Clean Heat for Lexington Alliance, and a member of 350 Massachusetts’ MetroNorth node. She is a long-time Lexington resident who can often be found exploring Lexington’s wonderful conservation areas with her dog.
He led Lexington’s development of a sustainable building policy, enabling Lexington’s two newest schools to be among the first net zero energy schools in the state. Mark has converted his home to run on whole home air source heat pumps.
Mark is the author of the “All Things Sustainable” column in the Lexington Times Magazine.
Personal passions include, but are not limited to, skiing, biking, golf, building science, food, and understanding the human condition.
“When you are trying to reduce energy use and your carbon footprint there is no single right answer. My goal is to inform each of my clients on their options and help them make informed decisions. I hate to see anyone waste their hard- earned money.”- Jeff