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Update your Heating and Cooling with HeatSMART/CoolSMART Melrose

Are you considering replacing an old heating or air conditioning system or hot water tank? Is your current heating system using a high cost fuel, such as propane, electric resistance or oil?  Would you like to add air conditioning to your home?  Want to save energy and/or reduce your carbon footprint?  HeatSMART/CoolSMART Melrose can help!  

Find out more at our virtual Meet the Installers Event on Wednesday, September 23 at 7 pm; link to the event via our website or through the City’s remote meeting portal at, or register ahead by emailing [email protected].

HeatSMART/CoolSMART Melrose is a community-based outreach and group purchasing program to encourage the adoption of clean heating and cooling technologies, including heat pumps and solar hot water, with support from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.  There are already generous incentives and financing opportunities for clean heating and cooling upgrades; the HeatSMART/CoolSMART program seeks to increase adoptions using a group purchasing model that offers group pricing and vetted installers chosen through a competitive procurement process.  Learn more about technology options, or sign up for a free site assessment, on our website 

Come hear from our selected clean heating and cooling technologies and installers on September 23 at 7 pm:

Air-source heat pumps – New England Ductless 

Air-source heat pumps move heat efficiently from one place to another. In the summer, they transfer heat out of a building, working like an air conditioner or refrigerator, cooling and dehumidifying the building. In the winter, they run in reverse, heating the building.  New England Ductless specializes in both ducted and ductless HVAC technologies.

Ground-source heat pumps – Achieve Renewable Energy

Similar to air source heat pumps, this technology heats and cools buildings by transferring heat, picking up heat in winter, and discharging it in summer. However, unlike air source heat pumps, they use the earth’s relatively constant temperature (approximately 50 degrees, 6 to 8 feet below the surface) to transfer heat to or from a building, and to or from the ground, making these the most efficient systems available.

Solar hot water – New England Solar Hot Water

Unlike solar photovoltaic electric, solar hot water takes free solar energy from the sun and converts it to heat (not electricity). The sun heats up a panel through which a liquid is circulated, and a tube then transfers this heat to water for both domestic water use and radiant heating. Solar hot water has been around for more than 50 years, and modern collectors are now 75 percent efficient.

“We are excited to offer residents this opportunity to work with these experienced, vetted installers at a special discount to HeatSMART/CoolSMART Melrose participants,” says HeatSMART Coach Susan Murphy.  “These clean heating and cooling systems can improve home comfort and save energy.  The available discounts and incentives can make them very affordable, particularly for people who are going to need to replace an older heating or cooling system or who are on a higher cost fuel such as propane, electric baseboards or oil.  And they reduce carbon emissions from home heating, one of the largest contributors to Melrose’s carbon footprint.”

HeatSMART/CoolSMART Melrose is a partnership between the City of Melrose, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources.  For more information, or to sign up for a free site assessment, visit  Or email HeatSMART Coach Susan Murphy at [email protected] with any questions or to see if HeatSMART may be right for you!