Guide Home MVP

As part of the continuing efforts to enhance Massachusetts' nation leading energy efficiency programs, MassDOER presents, the Home Energy Market Value Performance (Home MVP) Program. Home MVP 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.

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What is Home MVP?

The Home MVP Program is designed to help Massachusetts residents reduce their home’s energy use, costs and carbon footprint, while also improving its comfort, value, and performance.

Through the Home MVP Program, DOER offers incentives for customized home energy improvements, including traditional energy efficiency measures like air sealing and insulation as well as advanced energy solutions such as solar panels, geothermal systems, cold climate heat pumps and more.

Funding for this new approach to energy efficiency is provided by DOER for homes in 1-4-unit buildings, similar to the Utilities and Program Administrators funding provided to Mass Save®. By helping Massachusetts residents make their homes more energy efficient and less reliant on fossil fuels, Home MVP helps reduce the burden on the electric grid, eliminate the need for new power plants and achieve Massachusetts’ climate goals. It also empowers residents to manage their energy costs and carbon footprint, as well as protect and improve their home.

Experienced contractors with a wide range of capabilities can provide comprehensive home energy improvements to help residents achieve their goals of increased comfort, higher home value and improved energy performance. Home MVP contractors also have exclusive access to Home MVP incentives, which they can share with customers.   

 

How Home MVP works

Home MVP will run from November 2017 through October 2019.

How Home MVP Works

Home MVP provides residents and their contractors greater flexibility to work together to design customized strategies that save energy. Getting started is easy:

  1. Select and contact a contractor from the list provided below.
  2. They will schedule a convenient time to meet you at your home to discuss your goals and conduct a thorough home energy assessment.
  3. You will receive a custom home scorecard from your contractor that shows the impact of recommended and implemented strategies based on your home’s energy use.
  4. Your contractor will explain available incentives based on your chosen energy-saving measures.
  5. Your contractor will also provide information on available product/equipment rebates, as well as the opportunity for 0% financing through the MVP loan.

 

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. The project must also 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 Home MVP incentives 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

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
  • Insulation
  • Electric heating and cooling equipment improvements**
  • Improved controls such as wireless thermostats, improved lighting and HVAC equipment and distribution system controls qualify.
  • Installation of clean renewable heating systems such as biomass pellet boilers, furnaces and stoves that meet the minimum DOER eligibility criteria.
  • High performance windows with the 2017 Energy Star Most Efficient rating, with an insulation Ufactor of 0.20 or lower in the MA climate zone.
  • Mechanical Ventilation which Improves indoor air quality through better ventilation with or without heat recovery

**May include whole house or room heating systems, water heaters and air conditioning systems that use electric equipment, regardless of pre-existing fuel type.

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

  • New fossil fuel (natural gas, oil or propane) 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

Additional Resources for Financing

See the document below for list of eligible vendors

Additional Resources for Financing

Getting Started

If you are interested in participating in Home MVP, contact a participating contractor from the list below. Please note that all work is performed under a contract between the customer and their chosen Home MVP contractor.  DOER is not party to the contract and not responsible for the work

Company Name

Phone

MA Service Territory

Services

A. A. Arden, LLC

(508) 639-9621

Central, Southeast

 

American Installations, LLC

(413) 552-0200

Western, Central

 

Byggmeister, Inc.

(617)-527-7871

Suffolk Country (Jamaica Plain; West Roxbury; Roslindale; Dorchester)

Norfolk Country (Brookline and 128 corridor)

Middlesex Country (Greater Boston and Metrowest)

 

Primary Services

Remodeling: 

  • kitchens and bathrooms
  • living spaces
  • whole house renovations

Building Shell:

  • insulation and air sealing (we use a variety of materials depending on existing conditions, project goals, budgetary constraints, etc.)
  • deep energy retrofits (partial and full)

HVAC:

  • air source heat pumps as part of retrofit and renovation projects

Affiliated Services

Photovoltaic panels

Calnan's Energy Systems, Inc.

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

Northeast

 
Decumanus Green Design/Build, Inc. (413) 551-7318

Berkshire County

Western Massachusetts for customers having a difficult time being served.

Primary Services

Remodeling

•Basements, kitchens, additions and new construction.

Building Shell Upgrades

•Air Sealing

•Insulation (cellulose, rock wool, rigid foam and composite panels)

•Windows  and Doors

Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning

• All fuels boilers, furnaces, and air source heat pumps.

Renewable Energy

• Photovoltaic  panels

• Solar Hot Water

•Woodstoves 

Dolphin Insulation, Inc.  (978) 266-1122 Worcester, Middlesex, Essex and Suffolk Counties  

The Energy Monster (Energy Hog)

(800) 627-7674

All of Worcester and Middlesex counties

-Western Norfolk

-Northern Bristol

-Eastern Hampden

-Eastern Hampshire

-Eastern Franklin

Primary Services

Building Shell Upgrades

•Air Sealing

•Insulation  (cellulose, rock wool, fiber glass, open and closed cell spray foam)

Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning

•All fuels boilers, furnaces, air source heat pumps, air conditioning

Renewable Energy

•Photovoltaic  panels

Energy Savers Home Performance

(978) 309-7283

Essex County, plus North Reading, Reading, Wakefield, Melrose, Malden, Stoneham, Woburn, Winchester, Burlington, Lexington, Bedford, and Wilmington

Primary Service

Building Shell Upgrades

Insulation (spray foam, cellulose, fiberglass, Rockwool, rigid board insulation)

Air Sealing

Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning

All fuels boilers, furnaces, air source heat pumps pumps, heat pump hot water heaters and other domestic storage systems

Renewable Energy

SunPower Photovoltaic systems

Muirfield Mechanical Services LLC (978) 263-7130 Middlesex County  
New England Green Homes (413) 244-2003 Central / Northeast  

Progressive Energy Services, LLC

(978) 422-0545

Central

 

The Energy Store, LLC

(888) 840-6641

Western

 
Valley Home Improvement, Inc./ Valley Solar LLC

(413) 584-7522

Western MA/ Pioneer Valley

Primary Services

Design/Build residential remodeling

Renewable Energy

Solar Installation

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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