Massachusetts Homeowners Hit Goal of One Million Electrical System Conversions

Using electricity to heat and cool homes may be foreign to many Massachusetts homeowners, but it’s part of a major state initiative on climate change. Belmont owner Deborah Dumaine decided to switch to an electric system. get a heat pump and he said, “What is this?” “Said Dumaine. Converting the electrical systems of homes and other buildings is a key part of Massachusetts’ efforts to achieve net zero carbon emissions. “In Massachusetts, buildings are the second largest source of climate pollution, second only to the cars and vehicles we drive,” said Elizabeth Turnbull Henry of the Environmental League of Massachusetts. The state plan calls for converting 1 million homes and buildings between 2020 and 2030. The start has been slow. Department of Energy data shows the number is in the thousands. “We’re not doing it at the pace that we need to, and I think the state is taking notice and trying to make it easier,” Henry said. Rebates through Mass Save were moved earlier this year to offer big incentives for electrical systems – up to $15,000. Jonathan Neves of Green Energy Mechanical said that while the upfront cost may be higher, the rebates help and customers see their utility bills go down. “Just setting up this facility here and switching from oil or gas to the heat pump is equivalent to 2.5 to 4 tonnes of carbon emissions. To put that into perspective, taking a car off the road is about 6 tonnes of carbon emissions per year,” Neves said. Dumaine. “I basically want to save the world and save a few bucks too.”

Using electricity to heat and cool homes may be foreign to many Massachusetts homeowners, but it’s part of a major climate change initiative for the state.

Belmont owner Deborah Dumaine decided to switch to an electric system.

“I told my neighbor on the other side of the fence that I was going to buy a heat pump and he said, ‘What is this? “said Dumaine.

Converting electrical systems in homes and other buildings is a key part of Massachusetts’ effort to achieve net zero carbon emissions.

“In Massachusetts, buildings are the second largest source of climate pollution, second only to the cars and vehicles we drive,” said Elizabeth Turnbull Henry of the Environmental League of Massachusetts.

The state plan calls for the conversion of one million homes and buildings between 2020 and 2030.

The start was slow. Department of Energy data shows the number is in the thousands.

“We’re not doing it at the pace that we need to, and I think the state is taking notice and trying to make it easier,” Henry said.

Rebates through Mass Save were changed earlier this year to offer big incentives for electric systems – up to $15,000.

Jonathan Neves of Green Energy Mechanical said that although the upfront cost may be higher, the rebates help and customers see their utility bills go down.

“Just setting up this facility here and switching from oil or gas to the heat pump is equivalent to 2.5 to 4 tonnes of carbon emissions. To put that into perspective, taking a car off the road is about 6 tonnes of carbon emissions per year,” Neves said.

“I’m excited, because I want to do the right thing for the planet,” Dumaine said. “I basically want to save the world and save a few bucks too.”