Belmont Municipal Light Department

SERVING THE TOWN OF BELMONT

The mission of Belmont Municipal Light Department (BMLD)​​ is to deliver safe, reliable electric power service to the community of Belmont by embracing new technology and providing superior customer service.

Energy Saving Rebates and Programs

HOME ENERGY ASSESSMENTS

Energy New England (ENE) provides no-cost energy assessments to residential customers of its partnering utilities. ENE’s expert Residential Energy Advisors will assess your home to identify heating, lighting, and weatherization opportunities can lead to increased energy efficiency and save money on your utility bills. All participants receive a Home Energy Assessment report that describes potential home improvements, the return-on-investment ratio, and a summary of rebate programs. What can I expect during my Home Energy Assessment?

Schedule your no-cost Home Energy Assessment via online sign-up, email us at hea@ene.org, or call 888-772-4242.

REBATES PROGRAMS: ELECTRIC ACCOUNT ELIGIBILITY & RESTRICTIONS
  1. Rebate program is for residential electric accounts only. Commercial accounts aren’t eligible to participate.*
  2. Belmont Municipal Light Department (BMLD) will determine your electric account’s eligibility to participate in the program.
  3. An active residential electric account with BMLD for at least 3 months.
  4. Electric account must be in good standing.
  5. Rebate item must be installed at account location.
  6. Resident must agree to allow BMLD to inspect the installation on premises.
  7. Rebate maximums reset on Jan. 1.
  8. Additional Program Guidelines can be found here.
  9. Offer is subject to funding availability and can expire at any time.

*Electric lawn equipment rebates are open to residents of Belmont as well as commercial businesses operating within Belmont.

To check your electric account’s eligibility, call Belmont Light at 617-993-2837 or email energyresources@belmontlight.com.

Contact rebates@ene.org for all other questions.

AIR SOURCE HEAT PUMP REBATE PROGRAMS

Starting in January 1, 2024, Belmont Light will only provide Air Source Heat Pumps rebates to systems that comply with the most recent Federal standards – in January 1, 2023, the federal government issued new standards for heat pump products which caused manufacturers to replace HSPF and SEER efficiency ratings with HSPF2 and SEER2. Eligible systems should follow the same recommended standards.

Note: Starting on January 1, 2024, only equipment that meets the ENERGY STAR 6.1 Cold Climate Certification Standard will be eligible. Systems installed and applied for under the 2023 Heat Pump Program and utilizing the Abode QA process will continue to be eligible for rebate through March 31st of 2024.

Before you install:

Rebate Application Terms:

  • See account eligibility terms and conditions in section above. Electric accounts that do not meet the eligibility terms may be delayed or rejected.
  • Heat pump units must be on Mass Save Heat Pump Qualified Product List (HPQPL)
  • Rebate is limited to one rebate per residential account, per year. Multiple systems can be entered on one application.
  • Equipment included in a home purchase is not eligible for rebates.
  • Purchase date must be within the current calendar year.
  • Applications must be submitted to the portal or postmarked within 6 months (180 days) of purchase date.
  • Rebates are issued as a check.

Heat Pump Rebate Details:

  • Rebate rate is based on primary heating fuel pre-installation. See the chart below for more details.
  • Rebate amount is determined using the cooling capacity of the outdoor unit(s), measured at 95°F.
  • 12,000 BTUs/hr measured at 95° = 1 ton.

Adders:

  • $1,000 for Residential Rate A Low-Income and Small Municipal Rate MB customers
    • Please provide a copy of your most recent Belmont Light bill
  • $1,000 for customers that remove their old fossil-fuel based system or install an ASHP system while performing a gut renovation or during new construction.
    • Please provide proof of fossil-fuel system removal
Existing Fuel Source Equipment Type Energy Efficiency Requirements Rebate Amount
Natural Gas (2023)

Ductless (Mini Splits)


Ducted

SEER2:  ≥ 15
HSPF2: ≥ 8.5

 


SEER2:  ≥ 14.3
HSPF2: ≥ 7.7

$350 per ton, maximum $2,500
1 ton = 12,000 BTUs/hr measured at 95°F

Electric, Oil, Propane, Pellet,

and other fuel sources (2023)

Ductless (Mini Splits)


Ducted

SEER2:  ≥ 15
HSPF2: ≥ 8.5

 


SEER2:  ≥ 14.3
HSPF2: ≥ 7.7

$700 per ton, maximum $5,000
1 ton = 12,000 BTUs/hr measured at 95°F

 

Existing Fuel Source Equipment Type Energy Efficiency Requirements Rebate Amount
All Fuels (2024)

Ductless (Mini Splits)


Ducted

SEER2:  ≥ 15.2
HSPF2: ≥ 8.5

 


SEER2:  ≥ 15.2
HSPF2: ≥ 8.1

$700 per ton, maximum $5,000
1 ton = 12,000 BTUs/hr measured at 95°F

To Apply:

  • Submit rebate application using the online rebate portal
  • Upload the required documents: installer invoice showing some or all payments made and the AHRI Certificate
  • For fossil fuel adder only: if not included on heat pump invoice, please include an invoice which details the previous fossil fuel system removal
  • For rate-based adder: copy of your most recent BMLD electric bill

 Email any rebate questions to rebates@ene.org.

*If you are not comfortable entering this application yourself, please contact us at 508-698-1225.*

ENERGY STAR® APPLIANCE & INDUCTION STOVE REBATES

Purchasing a new appliance this year? Choose an ENERGY STAR qualified appliance and receive a rebate on your electric bill! BMLD is pleased to offer rebates to customers purchasing selected energy efficient ENERGY STAR-rated appliances. ENERGY STAR appliances have been defined by the Department of Energy (DOE) as being significantly more energy efficient than the average comparable model.

Appliance Rebate Quantity Limit*
Refrigerator (Minimum of 15 cubic feet; Proof disposal required) $100 1
Heat Pump / Hybrid Heat Pump Dryer (standard dryers not eligible) $300 1
Dehumidifier $75 2
Air Purifier $50 2
Unit (Room / Window) A/C – without disposal $25 3
Unit (Room / Window) A/C – with disposal (Proof disposal required) $100 3
Induction Stove: Electric to Electric Conversion (at least 24 inches) $100 1
Induction Stove: Gas to Electric Conversion (at least 24 inches)  $500 1
Induction Stove: New Construction  (at least 24 inches)  $500 1
Induction Cooktop (Portable) $75 1
Sensibo Smart HVAC Controller  $75 5
Aquanta Water Heater Controller $100 1
WiFi-enabled Smart Thermostat $100 3
Flair Puck Smart Controller $100 1
Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heater (Tier 1/2 per NEEA guidelines) $250 1
Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heater (Tier 3/4 per NEEA guidelines) $500 1
  • See account eligibility terms and conditions in section above.
  • *Rebates are limited by quantity over the lifetime measure of the appliance per residential account.
  • Maximum incentive is limited to 50% of the cost of the individual product.
  • Dehumidifiers and Heat Pump clothes dryers are sold without a paper certification. Download their certifications here.
  • Heat Pump Water Heater must be on the NEEA qualified products list
  • Before and after photos are required to qualify for gas to electric conversions (no photos qualifies for lesser rebate of $100).
  • Appliances included in a home purchase are not eligible for rebates.
  • Rebates are issued as a credit to the electric account.
  • Applications must be submitted to the portal or postmarked within 6 months (180 days) of purchase date.

Document Requirements:

  1. Sales receipt
  2. Proof of ENERGY STAR certification (not required for induction and portable electric induction stoves)
  3. Proof of DPW or vendor disposal (refrigerator & room AC)
  4. Proof of installation photo (induction stoves)

Apply online via the Rebate Portal, administered by Energy New England. Email questions to rebates@ene.org.

*If you are not comfortable using a computer, or do not have access to one, please contact us at 508-698-1225.*

EMISSION-FREE RENEWABLE DISTRIBUTED GENERATION

Belmont Light shares its customers’ commitment to emission-free renewable energy. If you are considering installing solar panels or a wind turbine to supply energy to your home or business, please visit our Distributed Energy Resources (DERS) information page.

Belmont Light recognizes that the decision to host an emission-free renewable distributed generation facility requires careful consideration of many economic and physical factors. Our distributed generation policy is designed to provide customers with flexibility of contract and fuel options while maintaining low rates for all customers and the reliability and safety of our system. Please email us at interconnections@belmontlight.com with any questions regarding the interconnection process.

GREEN CHOICE PROGRAM

Belmont Light is committed to reaching a 100% renewable portfolio. Want to help us get to 100% even faster? Every Belmont Light customer has the option of further supporting renewable energy resources through our voluntary Green Choice Program. By electing to participate in Green Choice, you can help add additional renewable energy resources to our portfolio for as little as $3 per month added to your electric bill.

Please see the Belmont Light website for more information and program requirements.

WEATHERIZATION REBATES

A home energy assessment is required prior to applying for a BMLD weatherization rebate. Sign up online or call Energy New England (ENE) at 888‐772‐4242 to schedule. Your assessment will provide a list of energy-saving recommendations.

Eligible Improvements Measure Type Rebate
Attic Insulation Measures 75% of job cost, up to $1,000
Attic Stair / Hatch Cover
Ducts / Pipes
Floor / Basement / Crawlspace
Cover for Whole House Fan
Walls
Air Sealing Sealing Measures 75% of job cost, up to $500
Duct Sealing
Weather-stripping
Blower Door Test
Adder: Low-income Rate
(must be on low-income rate)
  Additional $500 for Insulation
Additional $250 for Sealing
  • See account eligibility terms and conditions in section above.
  • Qualifying measures are those recommended from the Energy Audit/Home Energy Assessment.
  • Home Energy Assessment must be completed within 3 years of application date (Mass Save Home Energy Assessment not valid)
  • Rebate maximum for air sealing and duct work is 75% of the job cost, not to exceed $500. 
  • Rebate maximum for insulation is 75% of the job cost, not to exceed $1000. 
  • Maximum rebate for all weatherization is $1500, not including adders.
  • Work must be completed by a licensed contractor to be eligible; self-installation is not eligible for rebate.
  • Rebates up to $1,000 will be issued as a credit to the electric account. Rebates $1,000 or greater are issued as a check.
  • Applications must be submitted to the portal or postmarked within 6 months (180 days) of purchase date.
  • Weatherization application void if Mass Save Weatherization rebate program has been utilized by account holder

Required Documents:

  1. Proof of Home Energy Assessment
  2. Invoice of work installed showing some or all payments made
  3. If applying for low income adders: latest copy of BMLD electric bill

Apply online via the Rebate Portal, administered by Energy New England. Email questions to rebates@ene.org.

*If you are not comfortable using a computer, or require assistance, please contact us at 508-698-1225.*

ELECTRIC LAWN EQUIPMENT REBATES

The program is open to residents of Belmont as well as commercial businesses operating within Belmont.

BMLD and Energy New England (ENE) are offering new Rebates and Incentives to ratepayers who purchase Electric Lawn Equipment! Our goal is to promote electrification and reduce carbon emissions. Customers, both residential and commercial, that purchase battery-operated electric lawn equipment may be eligible for rebates.

Lawn Equipment Rebate
String Trimmer & Edger $25
Leaf Blower $30
Hedge Trimmer $40
Chain & Pole Saw
Pressure Washer
Rototiller
Push Lawn Mower $100
Snow Blower (must be 56 volts or higher, purchased 1/1/2021 and later*) $200
Riding Lawn Mower (non zero-turn) $200
Zero-turn Riding Lawn Mower $400
  • See account eligibility terms and conditions in section above.
  • *Snow Blowers purchased between 1/1/2021 – 12/31/2022 are eligible for rebate until 6/30/2023. Applications must be submitted no later than 6/30/2023.
  • Rebate maximum is $500.
  • One measure per equipment category, per account, per year.
  • Rebate is not to exceed 50% of the total cost of the equipment.
  • Equipment included in a home purchase is not eligible for rebates.
  • Rebate is issued as a credit to the electric account.
  • Application must be submitted within 6 months of purchase date.

Document Requirements:

  1. Sales receipt

Apply online via the Rebate Portal, administered by Energy New England. Email questions to rebates@ene.org.

*If you are not comfortable using a computer or require assistance, please contact us at 508-698-1225.*

BELMONT DRIVES ELECTRIC

Belmont residents with an eligible, permanently installed, network- and/or telematics-enabled Level 2 electric vehicle charger (240V) may be eligible for a $100 rebate. Please see the Belmont Light website for more information and program requirements.

BMLD EV-Related Rebate Rebate
Level 2 EV Charger $100
*Demand Response Enrollment Adder – BMLD’s Connected Homes program $250
  • See account eligibility terms and conditions in section above.
  • Limit of 2 EV Charger rebates per service address for the lifetime of the account. Each charger may be eligible for a Demand Response Enrollment Adder.
  • Rebate is not to exceed 50% of charger’s final price, including tax and discounts.
  • *Verification of active enrollment in BMLD’s Demand Response program is required for adder approval. Learn more and enroll here.
  • Work can be completed by a contractor or self-installed. Self-installed labor costs aren’t eligible for rebate.
  • Appliances included in a home purchase are not eligible for rebates.
  • Rebate issued as a credit to the electric account.
  • Applications must be submitted to the portal or postmarked within 6 months (180 days) of purchase date.

Required Documents:

  1. Charger receipt and/or vehicle purchase invoice with an itemized detail of charger included with purchase of vehicle
  2. Level 2 Charger Model detailed on invoice or receipt
  3. Photo of installed charger

Apply online via the Rebate Portal, administered by Energy New England. Email questions to rebates@ene.org.

*If you are not comfortable using a computer, or require assistance, please contact us at 508-698-1225.*

CFL RECYCLING LOCATIONS

BMLD encourages safe CFL recycling at the following locations:

  • Hillside Gardens, 280 Blanchard Rd. (M-Sat. 8 AM to 6 PM)
  • Home Depot, 615 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472

Please visit ENERGY STAR for more information on CFLs, LEDs, and efficient light fixtures. For information on CFL mercury content, proper usage, recycling, and clean up, please visit the Environmental Protection Agency.

COMMERCIAL LIGHTING RETROFIT REBATE PROGRAM

Belmont Light offers commercial customers financial incentives to replace inefficient light fixtures and bulbs with energy savings products and devices. Rebates are available on a range of eligible lighting equipment for every kind of business.  Belmont Light will offer a rebate check of up to 50% of the cost of the installed upgrades and associated labor with a cap of $4,000 per account*.

Please see the Belmont Light website for more information and program requirements.

Email this application and all required documents to: commercial@ene.org.

*Belmont Light reserves the right to reject any application that is incomplete or does not meet program criteria. Each commercial customer account is limited to a maximum rebate check equal to 50% of the cost of the installed upgrades with a general cap of $4,000 per account. Projects that include eligible lighting control systems may be eligible for additional funding. Belmont Light reserves the right to make changes to this program. Changes will not affect the rebate levels of accepted applications.

COMMERCIAL ENERGY ASSESSMENT

BMLD offers discounted comprehensive energy assessments to commercial customers in partnership with Energy New England (ENE). This audit will assess the efficiency of all major end uses, including, but not limited to, lighting and HVAC operations. All fuel sources will be evaluated during the assessment. At the conclusion of the assessment, the auditor will go over possible improvements that can be made.

A full energy conservation report will be made available within thirty (30) days of the site visit.

To schedule an assessment, contact ENE at 1-888-772-4242 OR email commercial@ene.org.

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