Guide Home MVP

The Home Energy Market Value Performance (Home MVP) Pilot offers incentives to help Massachusetts residents reduce their home energy use, energy bills, and greenhouse gas emissions while improving home comfort and performance. This Guide will walk you through how the program works and how you can apply.


DOER is excited to fund a new approach to residential energy efficiency services for homes in 1-4 unit buildings. The Home Energy Market Value Performance Pilot (Home MVP) is working with a select group of home improvement contractors to provide incentives for comprehensive home energy improvements. Experienced contractors will offer home improvements tailored to the needs of your home to improve comfort and home value while also reducing energy use and achieving significant bill savings. DOER is supporting this approach based on the complementary goals of reducing energy, increasing economic and health benefits, and helping Massachusetts achieve its climate goals by reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with homes. 

How Home MVP works

Home MVP will run from November 2017 through October 2019.

Program Description

Although the statewide energy efficiency program, called Mass Save®, continues to be very successful in providing energy efficiency services to thousands of Massachusetts residents, based on feedback from energy efficiency service providers, contractors, and other stakeholders, DOER is piloting a complementary approach through Home MVP. Under Home MVP:

  • Contractors and customers will have greater flexibility to design customized strategies that save energy.
  • Contractors are essentially ‘paid for energy savings’ by DOER. The incentive amount for each home improvement project is determined based on expected and actual energy use reductions, and is expected to reduce the total cost to the customer.
  • Customers receive home scorecards that show the impact of recommended and implemented strategies on the home’s energy use and carbon footprint.



Eligible Projects

Massachusetts homes with up to four units are eligible to participate.  Residents who are renters must get permission from their landlord to make building improvements.  Households that are eligible for full subsidy from the Mass Save lowincome program are not eligible for Home MVP.

Projects that include nonenergy home improvements (such as a remodeled kitchen or bathroom) are eligible provided that costs are appropriately allocated to energy and nonenergy improvements. In addition, the project must demonstrate a reduction in total energy usage based on energy modeling performed by a participating contractor.

Other Rebates, Grants and Incentives

In addition to the contractor incentive based on estimated project savings, residential customers also remain eligible for Mass Save® rebates for high efficiency heating and cooling equipment, as well as rebates from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center for solar thermal, cold climate heat pumps, modern wood heating, and geothermal systems. Customers are also eligible for incentives for solar photovoltaic panels.


Financing for qualified energy efficiency or renewable energy technology is available under DOER’s MVP Loan.  This loan product is a 0% interest loan for up to seven years and is offered through a lender network of Massachusetts banks and credit unions.

The MVP Loan is available for the following technologies: 

  • Air and duct sealing: Performance must be verified by pre and post installation testing with blowerdoor and duct leakage test equipment as appropriate.
  • Insulation: This may include any recognized insulation product such as cellulose, foam, rock wool and fiberglass, installed consistent with manufacturer recommendations.
  • Electric heating and cooling equipment improvements: This may include whole house or room heating systems, water heaters and air conditioning  systems that use efficient electric equipment, regardless of your pre-existing fuel type.
  • Improved controls:  Wireless thermostats, improved lighting and HVAC equipment and distribution system controls qualify.
  • Installation of clean renewable heating systems: Equipment includes biomass pellet boilers, furnaces and stoves that meet the minimum DOER eligibility criteria.
  • High performance windows: Windows must achieve the 2017 Energy Star Most Efficient rating, with an insulation Ufactor of 0.20 or lower in the MA climate zone. (Note: many Energy Star windows do not meet this performance requirement.)
  • Mechanical Ventilation: This measure Improves indoor air quality through better ventilation with or without heat recovery

The following technologies are not eligible for financing under the MVP loan:

  • New fossil fuel heating systems
  • Doors, Skylights and Windows: that do not meet or exceed the 2017 Energy Star Most Efficient criteria, with an insulation Ufactor of 0.20 or lower

Participating Contractors

If you are interested in participating in Home MVP, contact a participating contractor from the list below.

Company Name


MA Service Territory

A. A. Arden, LLC

(508) 639-9621

Central, Southeast

American Installations, LLC

(413) 552-0200

Western, Central

Byggmeister, Inc.


Southeast, Northeast

Calnan's Energy Systems, Inc.

(781) 894-9626
(774) 222-2848


The Energy Monster (Energy Hog)

(800) 627-7674


Energy Savers Home Performance

(978) 309-7283


Progressive Energy Services, LLC

(978) 422-0545


The Energy Store, LLC

(888) 840-6641


Being listed as a participating contractor does not constitute an endorsement by either DOER or CLEAResult (DOER has contracted with CLEAResult to manage Home MVP).

For more information on the Home MVP, please contact Lawrence Masland or by phone at (617) 626-7337.

Image credits:  George Headley


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