2016 Rebate Programs

Massachusetts Municipal utilities participating in HELPS offer a wide array of rebates and incentives to assist customers with the costs of implementing energy efficiency measures. Scroll down to learn more about the rebates and incentive programs that may be available to you!

Program Updates

Watch for your rebate Debit Card in the mail. HELPS is no longer issuing checks. 

New On-line Rebate Application Forms and Rebate Tracking now available.

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Energy Star Appliance Rebates

Energy Star Appliance Rebates are available at the municipal utilities listed below. 

  • Ashburnham
  • Boylston
  • Chicopee
  • Holden
  • Holyoke 
  • Hull 
  • Ipswich
  • Marblehead 
  • Paxton
  • Peabody
  • Princeton
  • Russell
  • Shrewsbury
  • South Hadley
  • Sterling 
  • Templeton
  • Wakefield
  • West Boylston
  • Cool Homes - High Efficiency Central A/C and Heat Pump Rebate Program

    HELPS Cool Homes is a High Efficiency Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Rebate Program offered by the municipal utilities listed below.  

    IMPORTANT: System sizing and proper installation are critical to energy efficiency and home comfort.  Prior to installation, your installer must perform a load (sizing) calculation that is "ACCA approved version 8 Manual J"
    In order to qualify for a rebate you must:
    1) Purchase and install an ENERGY STAR® qualifying product at a property with an active electric account with one of the participating energy efficiency providers.
    2) Obtain your contractor's invoice with equipment make, coil and condenser model numbers, size in tons, date and location of installation and total installation cost.
    3) Mail the following to the address listed on the application:
       a) Application form, completed accurately and legibly.
       b) Contractor's invoice showing required information and proof of purchase.
       c) Copy of Load (Sizing) Calculation "ACCA approved version 8 Manual J" (REQUIRED to qualify for Rebate, NOTE: Load calculations not needed for ductless mini-split systems.)
       d) Proof TXV or EXV valve installed (REQUIRED to qualify for Rebate)
       e) A copy of the AHRI Certificate. (Visit
    www.ahridirectory.orgor contact your Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor to obtain a copy.)

    Note: We recommend you photocopy your entire submission for your records.

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    Please read your utility's application form and terms & conditions carefully, rebate qualifications and limitations may vary.

    Home Efficiency Incentive

    HELPS Home Efficiency Incentive Program is designed to assist the customer with the cost of installation for the most cost effective measures recommended in a home energy audit.  Those measures are shown on the energy audit report. We encourage you to proceed with the installation of those conservation measures that best suit your energy needs and are listed on your HELPS Home Energy Report. 
       - All new heating systems receiving an incentive must be Energy Star rated.
    - Self-installation of insulation is not eligible for rebate.
    General rule for cost-effective home efficiency: Insulate and air-seal first. (Ask the auditor for a list of firms providing air-sealing services.)
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    Application form(s) and utility-specific guidelines can be found below (Note: Audits are required prior to installation in order to receive rebates. Please read your utility's application form carefully, eligible measures may vary):


    New Homes Program

    The Massachusetts Municipal New Homes Program is designed to support the integration of energy efficient technologies and building practices in residential new construction and gut-rehab single-family and multi-family (2+ units) buildings, by providing Home Energy Ratings (HERS Index) and financial incentives.  The program is currently being offered by Ipswich Municipal Light Department.  Click on the links below to learn more: 

    Solar Programs

    HELPS PV is a program to assist customers with understanding and installing energy efficiency and photovoltaic (PV) energy systems on their homes.  The program is currently being provided by the following municipal utilities:

    HELPS member utilities offer various incentives to customers who chose to implement audit recommendations. Eligible measures include insulation, boiler replacement and air sealing.

      • We encourage you to proceed with the installation of those conservation measures that best suit your energy needs and are listed on your HELPS Home Energy Report.
      • Air Sealing is eligible for an incentive.  Service provider contact information is provided in your audit packet.
      • Customer must contract with a service provider to receive HELPS incentive.

    Municipal utility participation varies, please learn more by viewing the links associated with your town in the Home Efficiency Incentive section on this page. (If your town is not listed they may run their own incentive program or may not offer an incentive, contact your utility or visit their websites to learn more)