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Contact the Heat Pump Specialist for program information and to learn more about the benefits of heat pump adoption.
Work with a participating contractor to determine if a heat pump is right for you.
OPTIONAL STEP 3
Optionally, your contractor submits a pre-approval project application to Abode to verify equipment rebate eligibility. This step is highly recommended for whole-home heat pump projects.
Your new heating and cooling system is installed.
Your contractor submits a post-install form to Abode with documentation of the completed install. We review the submission for install quality and rebate eligibility.
The rebate is processed and customers enjoy clean, efficient cooling and heating.
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"I'm thinking about heat pumps, but don't have quotes yet."
If this is your first time connecting with Abode, we recommend starting here.
- Learn how heat pumps work
- Explore heat pump types for your home
- Overview of operating costs & incentives
- Home weatherization considerations
- Guidance on working with installers
"I already have quotes from heat pump installers."
For an objective, impartial evaluation of proposals you’ve received.
- Compare up to 3 quotes
- Receive an evaluation report to help you understand the proposed systems
- If you would like to discuss the report, you'll be able to schedule time with a Specialist
"I'm looking for technical guidance on heat pumps and more."
For a technical analysis of your comprehensive electrification needs.
- Review heat pump solutions with diagnostics when available
- Conduct technical review and analysis of home characteristics and system performance
- Whole-home decarbonization pathways
READING MUNICIPAL LIGHT REBATES
The qualifying equipment and rebate application process between RMLD’s program and the Mass Save program are different, so please be sure to familiarize yourself with the eligibility requirements before installing any equipment.
RMLD's heat pump rebates for non-gas-heating customers are limited to two (2) rebates per household every twelve years. For non-gas-heating customers, in order to be eligible for a rebate through RMLD, the project must adhere to Abode’s review process.
There are four main steps to be aware of:
STEP 1: PRE-APPROVAL FORM (OPTIONAL)
Optionally, the Pre-Approval form can be completed by the contractor prior to installation. Once you have decided on a contractor and heat pump proposal to move forward with, if you would like to confirm eligibility for rebates prior to install, your installer can submit the Optional Pre-Approval Form. This form includes equipment information for the proposed heat pump system(s). Abode will verify whether the equipment meets the efficiency requirements to qualify for the MLP's rebate.
If you have multiple proposals and have not decided yet on a single proposal, rather than submitting multiple pre-approvals, we ask that you instead submit a "Quote Review" to Abode; see above for consultation offerings to submit quotes.
STEP 2: REBATE APPLICATION
STEP 3: INSTALL QA FORM
STEP 4: WIRING INSPECTION
The contractor must arrange the final wiring inspection, which is scheduled through the Town Hall (e.g. Reading Town Hall, North Reading Town Hall, Lynnfield Town Hall, or Wilmington Town Hall). Once the inspection has been completed, the inspector will provide the inspection results directly to RMLD.
OPTIONAL WEATHERIZATION ADD-ON
To promote electrification and reduce net carbon emissions, RMLD offers an optional add-on incentive for installing weatherization (insulation and air sealing) upgrades. The efficiency of heat pumps is improved by pairing them with improved weatherization.
RMLD's optional weatherization add-on incentive is only available to RMLD customers who are also installing heat pumps. As with RMLD's heat pump rebate, RMLD's add-on weatherization rebate is only available to customers with non-gas existing heating; customers with existing gas heating can access weatherization incentives through the Mass Save Program. If you are planning to install weatherization measures and apply for the rebate, heat pumps and weatherization must be installed within six months of one another.
STEP 1: CONSULT WITH A WEATHERIZATION SPECIALIST (REQUIRED)
Abode Energy Management (Abode) provides no-cost consultations to RMLD customers regarding weatherization. Completing the no-cost weatherization consultation is the required first step to accessing the optional weatherization add-on incentive.
STEP 2: HOME PERFORMANCE CONTRACTOR (HPC) SCOPING VISIT
STEP 3: INSTALL WEATHERIZATION UPGRADES
STEP 4: WEATHERIZATION QUALITY ASSURANCE
STEP 5: WEATHERIZATION REBATE APPLICATION
Upon weatherization install approval, the Heat Pump & Optional Weatherization Rebate Application Form is sent to the customer by Abode. Customer submits completed rebate application to email@example.com along with an itemized, paid invoice for the weatherization work.
PARTICIPATING CONTRACTOR LIST
Use the Participating Contractor List to find qualified installers in your area.
This short customer survey helps us better understand your experience accessing utility rebates and working with your heat pump installer.