The Massachusetts 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap says that heat pumps are one of five critical systems transformations required to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2030 calls for heat pumps in over 1 million homes by 2030!
Here are some of our favorite resources for learning about heat pumps:
- Clean Energy Lives Here, a campaign of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is a great place to start.
- New England Energy Partnership (NEEP) provides lots of useful information on cold-climate Air Source Heat Pumps (ccASHP). We particularly recommend the Air Source Heat Pump Buying Guide.
- Some resources for choosing an installer: (None of these lists are comprehensive nor should presence or absence on any of these lists be a primary factor in installer selection. We always recommend getting multiple quotes.)
- Mass Save installer list: Go to Electric Heating and Cooling Systems and look for the Find a Contractor form on the bottom right of the page.
- Clean Energy Lives Here: search for installers in your area
- MassCEC Cost of Residential Air-Source Heat Pumps: Provides access to a database with lots of statistics on ASHP installations that qualified for MassCEC rebates in the period 2014-2019. The database is searchable by town, installer and equipment brand. Though the page title focuses on cost, it’s more useful for identifying potential installers than estimating cost because the cost data are out of date.
- Short Videos produced by HeatSmart Concord/Carlisle/Lincoln in 2019
- Rebates and Financial Incentives
- Efficiency Vermont blog: Who knew? 8 ways NOT to use a heat pump
- Our brief guide to Operating and Maintaining Your Ductless Mini-Split
Under Construction – We’re collecting more useful links to add to this list.