Carlisle to participate in residential clean heating and cooling program

submitted by the Mass. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Seven communities have been selected to participate in the first round of the HeatSmart Mass initiative, a community-based education and group purchasing program for clean heating and cooling technologies. The Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) selected Bolton, Carlisle, Concord, Great Barrington, Harvard, Lincoln, and Nantucket to participate in the program. 

HeatSmart Mass uses a group purchasing model to support the installation of air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps, modern wood heating, and solar hot water. The program will lower the costs of renewable thermal technologies.

  “Massachusetts is a national leader on clean energy, and this program provides another great opportunity for residents to install innovative technologies and save money,” said Governor Charlie Baker. 

“Innovative heating and cooling technologies represent the next generation of clean energy, and can help residents save money on their heating bills,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “Reducing greenhouse gas emissions while driving down consumer costs is top priority of the Baker-Polito Administration, and these grants are another important step forward in those efforts.”

  Energy used for heating contributes to approximately 30% of the Commonwealth’s greenhouse gas emissions. In the average Massachusetts home, 75% of the energy used is for space and water heating. These costs are a significant burden for the half of the homes in Massachusetts that heat with traditional heating sources such as oil, electricity, and propane.

  The participating communities will offer the following technologies to residents:

Bolton and Harvard: Air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps

Carlisle, Concord, and Lincoln: Air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps and modern wood heat

Great Barrington: Air-source heat pumps

Nantucket: Air-source heat pumps and solar hot water

HeatSmart Mass is a partnership between MassCEC DOER, funded by Alternative Compliance Payments from retail electricity suppliers that do not otherwise meet their full Massachusetts Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) and Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (APS) obligations.

Residents of the participating communities can visit for more information. ∆