When you switch to an energy efficient cooling option, you can save up to 40% on your energy bill. Additionally, you enjoy the reduced repair costs associated with new equipment, and on top of that, you may be able to save even more by applying for rebates.
Most Massachusetts customers are eligible to apply for rebates through Mass Save. Here’s what you need to know if you want to save as much as possible.
What Is Mass Save?
Mass Save is an organization committed to promoting energy efficiency and reducing unnecessary energy use throughout the state of Massachusetts. A joint effort between the state’s energy service providers such as Berkshire Gas, Blackstone Gas Company, Cape Light Compact, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Eversource, Liberty Utilities, National Grid and Unitil, Mass Save offers a variety of services, contractor training, homeowner education, rebates, and other programs to help conserve energy.
How Does Mass Save Pay for Rebates?
Although this organization works with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, the rebates are not usually government funded. Instead, they are funded through a small charge that appears on energy bills.
What Rebates Are Available for New Air Conditioning Units?
The rebates change annually, and typically, Mass Save announces new rebates every spring. In some cases, you can receive a rebate for buying an Energy Star certified air conditioner unit, but you may need to be a customer of a certain energy company and may only be able to receive rebates on up to two units.
In other cases, your rebate may be based on the cooling capacity of the AC unit you purchase. For instance, in the past, Mass Save has offered between $50 and $1600 per ton for new air source heat pumps or central air conditioning units. The value of the rebate varies based on whether the unit is ducted, ductless, or a mix; the SEER, EER, or HSPF ranges of the unit; and the type of fuel used. For instance, if you replace a system that uses oil or propane with an air source heat pump, you may qualify for a larger rebate than if you stick with your existing fuel source.
Mass Save has also offered rebates for adding integrated controls to existing air source heat pumps. To learn about the most up to date rebate options, contact Mass Save directly or talk with a contractor about your options.
Are There Additional Requirements for Rebates?
Depending on the rebate you are requesting, you may need to work with a MA-licensed HVAC contractor and your product may need to be on a qualified product list. Often, your AC upgrade may need to accomplish specific energy efficient objectives, such as moving away from oil or propane.
How Do You Apply for a Rebate?
To get a rebate from Mass Save, you can print out a rebate application, fill out the details, and submit the form, but you may be able to apply online. Your contractor may have to sign the application, and of course, you need to provide proof of your purchase. Ideally, you should take care of these steps as soon as possible, so you don’t miss the deadline.
At Air Conditioning Mass, we love to see our residents save. To set up an appointment, talk about a new air conditioner, or learn about rebates, contact us today. We can help you get cool.