The Ultimate Guide to Mass Save Rebates for Landlords: What to Know

Massachusetts has been a leader in energy efficiency for more than 10 years, in large part to the Mass Save program.

But did you know that homeowners aren’t the only ones who can benefit? If you own rental property in the state, Mass Save rebates for landlords can pay for improvements to your property that increase its energy efficiency. This improves its value and its appeal to tenants.

Let’s take a look at the Mass Save Energy Program and the types of rebates you can qualify for as a landlord in Massachusetts.

Who Qualifies For Mass Save Rebates for Landlords

Through the Mass Save program, landlords with one to four units qualify under the same criteria as homeowners and renters. You can own separate houses or a single building with multiple units.

Any property with five or more units falls under the multi-family part of the program, which has a different set of options and available rebates.

Rebates You Can Get

The rebate options available cover a range of different improvements that can be made. Some involve rebates on purchases like energy-efficient dishwashers or other appliances. Others involve paying for building upgrades like better insulation or water heating.

Most of the rebates require that you complete an energy assessment first. A few of the options available for you and your tenants include:

  • Heating and Cooling
    • Up to $500 for electric HVAC to up to $2,500 for propane
    • Up to $500 for oil water heaters or up to $750 for electric heat pump water heaters
    • Installation of outdoor reset controls for a boiler up to $225
    • Up to $125 for wireless and programmable thermostats

  • Insulation and Air Sealing
    • Cover 75-100 percent off insulation
    • No-cost air sealing

  • Lighting and Appliances
    • LED bulbs and two smart power strips included in an assessment
    • Price discounts on LED light bulbs and energy-efficient light fixtures
    • Price discounts for additional smart power strips
    • Shower fixtures and faucet aerators installed at no cost
    • $50-$250 toward energy-efficient appliances

How to Get Them

Just like a homeowner, you need to start by having a building assessment done by a program energy specialist. If your rental property has two to four units, you need to request a whole building assessment. For a single-family property, you need a home energy assessment.

Collect all the information for electricity and gas account holders, including account numbers. You’ll also need permission from your tenants to have the specialist walk through the units.

Your specialist will spend time with you during the assessment to talk about the building and what subsidies might help you make it more efficient. They should work with you to coordinate any work that needs to be done and the paperwork to file for the rebates.

More on Energy Programs for Landlords

Mass Save rebates for landlords are a good way to bring your houses and small multifamily units up-to-date with the latest energy-efficient equipment. Better heating and lighting options improve the appeal of your properties and can draw in better tenants and higher rents.

If you want to learn more about Mass Save and rebates for landlords, contact us for more information about the program. We can schedule you for an energy assessment to get you started on the road to improving your energy efficiency and bottom line.

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