- One of the best ways to be prepared for your winter energy costs is to be informed. This page will provide you with quick access to information that will make your home or business more energy efficient, link you to tips, financing options and fuel assistance, and provide information on new heating options.
Energy Efficiency Programs & Rebates Do-It-Yourself Energy Savings Tips Help With Your Utility/Fuel Bill & Fuel Assistance Important Contact Information
Massachusetts leads the nation in energy efficiency. Learn about how you can take action for this winter and beyond. Remember; be sure to Keep Warm, Keep Safe.
Energy Efficiency & Renewables: Programs and Rebates
Mass Save® offers a one-stop resource with expert guidance and financial incentives ‒ from Massachusetts gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers ‒ for homeowners, landlords, renters, small businesses and large commercial and industrial customers across the Commonwealth who want to reduce their energy use and utility bills.
For municipal utility customers whose utiities don’t participate in Mass Save, HELPS provides energy education, home energy audits, assistance with home energy improvements and ENERGY STAR appliance rebates, as well as other services. Visit the website or call (888) 333-7525 for more information.
The Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) assists low-income households reduce their heating bills by providing full-scale home energy efficiency services. The program is funded by an annual grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and your local utility company. Find the local agency that serves your community.
Heating Emergency Assistance Retrofit Task Weatherization Assistance Program (HEARTWRAP) provides heating system repair and replacement services to low-income households through contracts with heating system service companies. The program is administered by a network of local agencies listed by community.
Renewable Energy Options: Residents and businesses may also want to consider switching to heating with renewable fuels. Incentives are available to install a heating system using wood pellets, solar panels or heat pumps. This table gives an overview of the available rebates, financing options and tax incentives. It also provides links to background materials on the different options.
Even small projects that don’t require a full assessment can improve your home’s efficiency. See these tips to learn how making adjustments to windows, doors, lights and hot water can lower your energy bill.
Homeowner Energy Saving Tips Winter Heating Tips
Assess your home’s energy use with Mass Save’s online tool. Look for the ENERGY STAR® label, which means the product has met strict government standards for energy efficiency, saving you money.
Heating and Cooling
Maintain your heating system to save energy and money. Call your contractor to do annual pre-winter season check-ups to keep your cooling and heating system at peak performance. Renewable Heat Incentives lower cost to facilitate switching to a heating system that uses a renewable technology such as wood pellets, solar panels or heat pumps. Invest in a programmable thermostat and set the temperature to return to a comfortable setting a half hour before you come home and reduce energy use and costs while you are away. Turn down your thermostat by two degrees. Install weather stripping for leaky doors and windows.
Lighting and Electric Appliances
Change your light bulbs to LED or CFL bulbs -
check Mass Save for rebates.
Shut the lights off when you leave a room. Shut down your computer when you are done using it. Make sure to choose ENERGY STAR qualified products when purchasing appliances and other household products. Use your microwave instead of the oven when you are reheating small portions and you can reduce your cooking energy by up to 80%. Install a power strip to manage the energy consumption of your plug load.
Issues with carbon monoxide and fire prevention: Keep Warm, Keep Safe.
Help With Your Utility Bill
2014-2015 Fuel Assistance Brochure /complete guide to identifying utility bill assistance resources /
Budget billing is arranged with your utility or fuel company for equal monthly payments based on historical data. At the end of the year, your company will reconcile your bill; a credit if you overpaid or a bill if you underpaid. Contact your provider to set up a budget plan by selecting your home location.
Heating Oil Co-ops
Consider joining an oil cooperative (co-op), which can save members money:
- on oil and other services, such as energy efficiency services
- through discounts to low-income customers and senior citizens.
Heating Oil Contracts and Fixed Price Plans
Learn how to choose a heating oil contract.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Commonly known as Fuel Assistance, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), provides eligible households with help in paying a portion of winter heating bills.
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Cold Relief Heatline: 1-800-632-8175 to find out where to apply for
- Fuel Assistance (LIHEAP)
- Weatherization (WAP)
- Heating System Repair and Replacement Program (HEARTWAP).
The Fuel Assistance Application also serves as an application for the Weatherization program and the Heating System Repair and Replacement Program (HEARTWAP)
Concerns related to your utility company Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Consumer Affairs Division: 1-877-886-5066 or 1-617-737-2836 Mass 2-1-1 / Non-emergency social service programs, dial 211
Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund operated by your local Salvation Army
- in area codes 617, 508, 781, or 978: 800-334-3047
- in area code 413: 800-262-1320
Limited income households not eligible for fuel assistance, please contact the Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund.