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The City of Cambridge has partnered with Abode to help residents transition to clean heating Technologies

Cambridge Clean Heat is a city-wide initiative providing a marketplace  of 3rd party vetted contractors allowing residents to adopt clean heating & cooling technologies with confidence.


Air source heat pumps and solar hot water systems are cost-effective, market ready technologies that transform how homes use energy. These technologies can not only help save you money on your utility bills but significantly help Cambridge decrease its overall carbon footprint, benefiting the community.

Cambridge Clean Heat is working with Abode to connect our 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. 

Air source heat pumps (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.

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.

Explore Clean Heating technologies

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

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 not only more cost effective to run, but 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.

Clean Heating and Cooling Systems in Action 
"Reducing our carbon footprint by using the heat of the sun!"

Mina of Cambridge installed a few solar collectors to heat her multifamily residence. The system provides hot water for two families in the building, and covers roughly 50-74% of their total hot water needs. They decided to install solar thermal after learning that their roof wasn't good for solar PV because of limited roof space; with this technology, she's still benefiting from solar energy and reducing her carbon footprint!

Read more about her solar hot water installation.

"Don't be afraid of relying on heat pumps as your sole heating system"

Seth F. installed mini-splits for his home in Massachusetts. His heat pumps, financed with a zero-interest HEAT loan, save him roughly $1,000 a year. The mini-splits are paired with solar PV system and insulation from MassSave. Best of all, the ductless heat pumps cover 100% of his heating and cooling needs: "Don't be afraid of relying on heat pumps as your sole heating system--cold climate heat pumps have plenty of power as long as your home is insulated properly."

Learn more about his heat pump installation.

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