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Mass. program for energy efficient home installations

Conservation Services Group (CSG) and the Massachusetts Oilheat Council (MOC) announced a $1.7 million contract for the State’s Department of Energy Resources (DOER). The program was made possible by federal stimulus funds to support energy efficiency programs in the...
 Mass. program for energy efficient home installations
 
 

Conservation Services Group (CSG) and the Massachusetts Oilheat Council (MOC) announced a $1.7 million contract for the State’s Department of Energy Resources (DOER). The program was made possible by federal stimulus funds to support energy efficiency programs in the State. The Oil Heat Efficiency Program (OHEP), is the first pilot program of its kind and acts as a comprehensive residential energy efficiency program in the US for homeowners with low to moderate incomes.

OHEP is financed by stimulus funds to provide rebates for the installation of new, high efficiency oil-fired heating equipment for about 500 homes in Massachusetts that use heating oil for space heating. According to the press release, the new program allows moderate to low income working families to upgrade their heating systems by providing incentives to help defray their out of pocket costs. CSG is working with the MOC to train several oil heating service technicians in energy efficiency and the "house-as-system" approach. CSG and MOC are working closely with the Massachusetts Low Income Energy Affordability Network (LEAN) to qualify candidates for eligibility.

MOC President, Michael Ferrante, says in the press release, "Many of the state's homeowners with older, inefficient heating equipment are paying only the most essential bills in this tough economic climate, so upgrading their heating system may not be a priority. Fortunately, this innovative and timely program will enable hundreds of residents to reap the benefits of higher efficiency equipment. They'll see their energy bills go down, because they'll use less fuel without compromising comfort.”

The program will also boost local economy by providing work for oil heat retailers and their technicians, due to increased demand for equipment installations. OHEP will also provide rebates of up to $4,000 on high efficiency, oil-fired forced hot water boilers, water heaters and warm air furnaces.

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