Energy Efficiency at Home

In Needham, an estimated 37% of our greenhouse gas emissions come from residential buildings. Check out the following suggestions for cutting back on emissions at home.  

Weatherization

Weatherizing — insulating plus air sealing — is a sound investment, even if your home already has some insulation. Investing in weatherization can provide comfort, energy efficiency, and cost benefits.

The first step for weatherizing your home is to find out exactly what your home needs by scheduling a free home energy assessment. Needham has partnered with the home performance contractor HomeWorks Energy (781-305-3319), a Mass Save partner, to provide no-cost home energy assessments to residents. Both homeowners and renters can schedule an assessment. The no-cost assessment is available to all Needham residents in 1-4 family homes, whether they have gas, electric, or oil heat. You can also choose from any of Mass Save's approved vendors. Already had an assessment? Homeowners are eligible for another assessment every three years.

During the home energy assessment, your home energy advisor will provide information such as:  

  • A full assessment of your home’s energy efficiency, followed by next-step recommendations for energy-savings. 
  • Detailed information about available rebates and incentives, including for energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment.

If your home energy advisor determines that your home needs air sealing, it can be done at no charge to you. The home energy advisor will provide a complete scope of work, schedule the work with you and, in most cases, will arrange for inspection when the work is completed. If your home energy advisor determines that your home needs insulation, the Mass Save® program will pay 75% of the total cost (100% for 2-4 family homes). The home energy advisor will provide a complete scope of the proposed work, schedule the work with you and, in most cases, arrange for inspection when the work is completed.

Financial Incentives for Weatherization

Technology
Mass SaveFederal Incentives
Financing Options
Weatherization75-100% off approved insulation improvementsFederal Tax Credits of 30% up to $1,200/year (2023-2032)Mass Save HEAT Loan (0% interest)


Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are cost-effective and energy-efficient technologies that transform how your home uses energy. They are heating and cooling systems that move heat indoors in the winter and draw heat outdoors in the summer. Instead of burning fossil fuels, they’re powered by electricity to move heat to keep your home or business at a comfortable temperature year-round. Today’s cold climate heat pumps can be up to 400% efficient and many provide efficient heating at outdoor temperatures as low as -15 °F.

Financial Incentives for Heat Pumps

Technology
Mass SaveMassachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER)Federal Incentives
Financing Options
Air-Source Heat PumpsWhole-home and partial-home rebates up to $10,000 ($16,000 for income-qualified)Alternative Energy Certificates (AECs)Federal Tax Credits of 30% up to $2,000/year (2023-2032)Mass Save HEAT Loan (0% financing up to $50,000)
Ground-Source Heat PumpsWhole-home and partial-home rebates up to $15,000 ($25,000 for income-qualified)Alternative Energy Certificates (AECs)Federal Tax Credits of 30% (2023-2032)Mass Save HEAT Loan (0% financing up to $50,000)
Electric Service Upgrade

Federal Tax Credits of 30% when accompanying solar electricity or up to $600 when accompanying heat pumps (2023-2032)


Energy Efficient Appliances and Equipment

There are plenty of opportunities to shift away from using fossil fuels in your home. Making changes to your appliances and equipment will not only lower your home’s carbon footprint, but it will also improve air quality. 

Financial Incentives for Energy Efficient Appliances and Equipment 

TechnologyMass Save
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER)State IncentivesFederal IncentivesFinancing Options
Solar Hot Water Heater
Alternative Energy Certificates (AECs)State Tax Credits of 15% up to $1,000Federal Tax Credits of 30% (2023-2032)
Heat Pump Hot Water Heater$750-$1,500 rebate

Federal Tax Credits of 30% (2023-2032)Mass Save HEAT Loan (0% interest)
Heat Pump Clothes Dryer$50 rebate for ENERGY STAR models



Induction Stoves & Cooktops$500 rebate



Battery-Powered Outdoor EquipmentRange of rebates available for battery-powered lawn equipment




Solar

Investing in solar panels can provide substantial cost savings. When paired with a battery storage system, a solar system can serve as a backup power source during outages.

Financial Incentives for Solar

Technology
Mass Save
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER)
State Incentives
Federal Incentives 
Solar
Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART)State Tax Credits of 15% up to $1,000Federal Tax Credits of 30% (2023-2032)
Battery StorageConnected SolutionsSMART Battery Adder
Federal Tax Credits of 30% (2023-2032)