Sustainable Winchester
Winchester MA 01890

Energy Resources Guide

In this guide:

Federal Tax Credits
Detailed information at

Home Improvements
Must be "placed into service" between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2009

ProductTax CreditSpecifications
Exterior Windows and Skylights10% of cost, up to $2002Energy Star qualified OR meets IECC1
Storm Windows10% of cost, up to $2002Meets IECC1 in combination with the exterior window
Exterior Doors10% of cost, up to $5002Meets IECC1
Storm Doors10% of cost, up to $5002In combination with a wood door assigned a default U-factor by the IECC1
Metal Roofs,
Asphalt Roofs
10% of cost, up to $5002Energy Star qualified
Insulation10% of cost, up to $5002Meets 2000 IECC & Amendments
HVAC - Central A/C$3002Split Systems: EER >=12.5, SEER >= 15
Package systems: EER >= 12, SEER >= 14
HVAC - Air Source Heat Pumps$3002HSPF >= 9, EER >= 13, SEER >= 15
Geo-Thermal Heat Pump30% of the cost, up to $2,000.Same criteria as Energy Star:
Closed Loop: EER >= 14.1, COP >= 3.3
Open Loop: EER >= 16.2, COP >= 3.6
Direct Expansion: EER >= 15, COP >= 3.5
Gas, Oil, Propane Furnace or Hot Water Boiler$1502Furnaces: AFUE >= 95
Boiler: AFUE >= 95
HVAC - Advanced Main Air Circulating Fan$502No more than 2% of furnace total energy use
Gas, Oil, Propane Water Heaters$3002Energy Factor >= 0.80,
or a thermal efficiency of at least 90%.
Electric Heat Pump Water Heaters$3002Energy Factor >= 2.0
Biomass Stove$3002Stove which burns biomass fuel5 to heat a home or heat water. Thermal efficiency rating of at least 75%.
1 Either the 2001 Supplement of the 2000 International Energy Conservation Code or the 2004 Supplement of the 2003 International Energy Conservation Code.

2 Subject to a $500 maximum per homeowner for all improvements combined.

5 Biomass Fuel means any plant-derived fuel available on a renewable or recurring basis, including agricultural crops and trees, wood and wood waste and residues (including wood pellets), plants (including aquatic plants), grasses, residues, and fibers.

The IRS defines ?laced in service as when the property is ready and available for use.


Hybrid gasoline-electric, diesel, battery-electric, alternative fuel, and fuel cell vehiclesBased on a formula determined by vehicle weight, technology, and fuel economy compared to base year modelsThere is a 60,000 vehicle limit per manufacturer before a phase-out period begins. Consumers who buy from companies that already sell large numbers of qualifying vehicles will experience a relatively short ?indow of opportunity for the credits.
Bicycle CommutersMonthly $20 creditAdministered through employers. For Maintenance, repair, or new purchase

Renewable Energy
Must be placed in service before December 31, 2016.

Solar Water Heating30% of cost, up to $2,000At least half of the energy generated by the ?ualifying property must come from the sun. Homeowners may only claim spending on the solar water heating system property, not the entire water heating system of the household.
Photovoltaic Systems30% of cost.
(After January 1, 2009 the $2,000 cap no longer applies.)
Photovoltaic systems must provide electricity for the residence, and must meet applicable fire and electrical code requirement.
Small Wind Energy Systems30% of the cost, up to $500 per half kW of capacity (not to exceed $4,000)
Fuel Cells30% of the cost, up to $1000 per half kW of power capacityEfficiency of at least 30% and must have a capacity of at least 0.5 kW.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

ApplicationsFinancial IncentivesSpecifications
Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind15% credit up to $1,000 Excess credit may be carried forward three yearsIncome tax credit
Photovoltaics$2.00 - $5.50/W DC Rebate ProgramMinimum system size is 1 kW DC. maximum incentive is based on 5 kW
Photovoltaics, WindRenewable energy credits (RECs) $0.03 per kWh3-year contract RECs sold to Mass Energy Consumers Alliance
Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Wind, HydroelectricProperty Tax Exemption20-year exemption
Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Geothermal Heat PumpsSales Tax ExemptionEquipment, which is being utilized as a primary or auxiliary power system for the purpose of heating or otherwise supplying the energy needs of an individual's principal residence.


ProgramFinancial IncentivesSpecifications
MassSAVE - Statewide HEAT Loan Program
Loans up to $10,000 with terms up to 7 years
0% interest rate
Water Heaters, Furnaces, Boilers, Heat pumps, Programmable Thermostats, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Windows Solar Water Heat
National Grid Residential (Electric) Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
- MassSAVE 50% of the cost (up to $1,500)
- Lighting rebates: $2-$20/fixture
- Central AC/Air Source - Heat Pump: $300
- ECM motor installed in gas furnace: $400
Refrigerators/Freezers, Lighting, Furnaces, Heat pumps, Air conditioners, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
National Grid Residential (Gas) Energy Efficiency Programs
- Rebates of up to $1,000 are available, depending on equipment type.
- $10 rebates to residential heating customers for every ENERGY STAR? replacement window with a U-factor of .35 or less
- $50 rebates are available for the purchase and installation of programmable thermostats
- Rebates of up to $300 for energy efficient on-demand tankless water heaters and high efficiency in-direct water heaters.
- 20% of the cost, up to $750, for various weatherization measures
Equipment Insulation, Water Heaters, Furnaces, Boilers, Programmable Thermostats, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Windows.
Work must be completed by a National Grid approved contractor.
National Grid - Solar Thermal Rebate Program
15% of project cost up to $1,500Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Pool Heating
NSTAR - Residential Energy Efficiency Programs
Central A/C: $300-$500, varies by efficiency level
Central A/C downsizing: $150
Room A/C: $30
Lighting Fixtures: $10-$15
Programmable Clock Thermostat: $25
Furnaces: $100/$400 (varies according to efficiency rating)
Boilers: $200-$1000
Indirect and On-Demand Water Heater: $300
Up to $1500 for weatherization measures
Up to $2000 for Low-Income energy efficiency measures
Water Heaters, Lighting, Furnaces, Boilers, Heat pumps, Air conditioners, Programmable Thermostats, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
HVAC: SEER 14/EER = 11.5 to 11.99
HVAC downsizing: SEER 13.0 or greater
On-demand Water Heaters: EF of 0.82 or higher with an electronic ignition
Gas NetworksRebate & audit referralswebsite

Utility Audits

National Gridwebsite

Non Profit Organizations

Mass Energy Consumer AllianceDiscount heating oilMembers save $150 - $300 per year on heating oil
Mass Energy Consumer AllianceGreen powerEnables consumers to choose renewable energy as their electricity source
Mass Energy Consumer AllianceLow income assistanceHelp in paying heating bills, repairing heating systems, &energy efficiency

Green Products and Resources

Nexus Green RoundtableGreen products & service providers databasewebsite
Building Green Green productswebsite
Rate It GreenGreen productswebsite
Energy StarGuide on energy efficient home improvementswebsite
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