The Town of Acton has partnered with Abode to help residents transition to clean heating technologies

The Acton Clean Energy Challenge is a town-wide initiative providing no-cost consultations with impartial technology experts and a marketplace of third-party vetted contractors, enabling residents to adopt clean heating and cooling technologies with confidence. The initiative took off and was inspired by the hard work of volunteers and environmental advocates in Acton. To learn more about this effort and about the various ways to reduce our carbon footprint, visit the Energize Acton page here.

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 Acton decrease its overall carbon footprint, benefiting the community.

The Town of Acton is working with Abode to connect residents with local, reputable contractors. Through this program you can request, receive, and compare quotes through multiple contractors and discuss the project with an independent Energy Advisor every step of the way.

Explore Clean Heating Technologies

Learn more, then connect with vetted, local clean heat professionals.  

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. Learn all about this technology and whether it’s the right option for you.

GROUND SOURCE HEAT PUMPS (GSHP)

Ground source heat pumps are another form of heat pump technology you can use to both heat and cool your home. Whereas air source heat pumps use the air as their heat reservoir, ground source heat pumps 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. 

SOLAR HOT WATER (SHW)

Solar hot water (Solar Thermal) enables homeowners to use the sun’s power to heat your home’s water supply. Even during cold winter days, this technology can help you save on water heating costs and decrease your carbon footprint.  Through many incentives this technology is more affordable than ever, and is the most environmental way to heat your water.

Clean Energy Consultations

At any point throughout your project, speak with one of Abode’s technical experts to discuss heating and cooling technologies, available rebates and incentives, next steps for improving your home’s energy efficiency, and more. Our goal is to equip you with the knowledge and resources needed to move forward on your project with confidence. You are welcome to speak to us multiple times as your project develops. 

Home Energy Assessments

Homes are complex systems consisting of physical features and mechanical equipment. To help think about your home holistically, we encourage you to schedule a 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. 

Why Clean Heating and Cooling?

Environmentally Friendly

Clean heating technologies tied to the MA electric grid produce 40-60% less carbon emissions than traditional fossil fuel based systems. 

Economic Benefits

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 and 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.

Comfort

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 and 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. 

AECs

Solar hot water and air source heat pump systems installations in Massachusetts qualify for the Alternative Energy Certificate (AEC) program. With this program, non-emitting renewable technologies generate certificates based on their energy production. These certificates are sellable to utility companies looking to meet state-mandated renewable energy goals. The revenue earned from these certificates will help you to further save on your solar hot water or air source heat pump installation.  Learn more about AECs here.

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.