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Mass. Program to Upgrade Heating Oil Systems for Low-Income Homeowners

July 22, 2010

Mass. Program to Upgrade Heating Oil Systems for Low-Income Homeowners
Five hundred homes in Massachusetts could get new, high-efficiency heating equipment through a new program aimed at heating oil users with low or moderate incomes. Conservation Services Group (CSG) and the Massachusetts Oilheat Council (MOC) announced that they had secured $1.7 million in federal stimulus funds for the Oil Heat Efficiency Program (OHEP).

OHEP will give rebates of up to $4,000 for energy-efficient boilers, furnaces, and water heaters. CSG and the MOC will work with the Massachusetts Low Income Energy Affordability Network (LEAN) to determine eligibility for the program. In addition to upgrading heating systems, OHEP provides for training dozens of heating oil technicians to become specialists in home energy efficiency.

Michael Ferrante, president of the MOC, explained how the program would benefit low-income heating oil consumers and the state of Massachusetts:

Many of the state’s homeowners with older, inefficient heating equipment are paying only the most essential bills in this tough economic climate, so upgrading their heating system may not be a priority. Fortunately, this innovative and timely program will enable hundreds of residents to reap the benefits of higher efficiency equipment. They’ll see their energy bills go down, because they’ll use less fuel without compromising comfort. This program is also a boost for the local economy because it provides work for oil heat retailers and their technicians, due to increased demand for equipment installations. We will also need to train qualified candidates to become energy auditors, leading to even more jobs.

Many states have adopted rebate programs to encourage people to upgrade to energy-efficient appliances and heating equipment, but OHEP is unique in offering a rebate large enough that it could cover the entire cost of a heating system upgrade. Add on the savings from lower heating costs, and this stimulus program will continue to keep money in the pockets of hundreds of Massachusetts homeowners for years to come.

Massachusetts heating oil users can contact their heating oil dealer or the MOC (800-722-0623) to find out more about OHEP and to determine their eligibility for the program.

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