Electric Vehicle Smart Charger Program

Electric vehicles (EVs) have significant environmental benefits and are becoming increasingly cost-effective for residents and businesses thanks to federal and state incentives. Belmont Light's EV Program will add to these incentives, making EV adoption even more feasible for Belmont residents. 
 

Free Home Energy Audits

Belmont Light offers no-cost, comprehensive energy audits to all residential customers. As part of the audit, a professional energy advisor will conduct a thorough analysis of your home's energy use, offer tips on appliance usage, and provide a report detailing recommendations and payback times for any suggested improvements. (Participants are under no obligation to proceed with project work suggested during audits.) The advisor will also install up to $30 of energy savings materials during the audit. The 2017 audit program includes a free thermal imaging scan and blower door test.

To schedule your assessment or receive advice about saving energy in general, call our Energy Hotline, hosted by Energy New England, at 1-888-772-4242.

Belmont Light Energy Hotline

Energy New England

1-888-772-4242

 

Discounts on High Efficiency Heating/Cooling Systems

Highly efficient electric heat pump systems can help residents reduce energy bills and carbon footprints by up to 50%. For this reason, Belmont Light set a goal of 50 residential heat pumps in town through its Energy Grant Program (read more below).

Belmont Light offers discounts between $500 and $1,500 for heat pumps, depending on the size of the system. These discounts are available to homes currently heated with any fuel type. To learn more, please click here or call Sagewell, the program administrator, at 617-963-8141. 

Heat Pump Discount
Sagewell, Inc
617-963-8141
Click here for Program Website
 

Success for the 2015-2016 Energy Efficiency Grant Program 

Belmont Light is pleased to announce that the Belmont Light Energy Grant program attracted over 300 participants. As a result, over 140 Belmont homes were awarded grants to facilitate weatherization or heating and cooling (heat pump) upgrades.
 
Weatherization Grants Between October 2015 and March 2016, 107 Belmont homes were awarded grants of up to  $1,200 towards insulation and air sealing projects.  The program is now closed. Residential customers interested in free home energy audits should call the Belmont Light Energy Hotline at 1-888-772-4242.
 
Heat Pump Grants By April 2016, 39 Belmont homes were awarded grants of up to $1,500 toward the installation of energy efficient heat pumps for heating and cooling.  Although the program is now closed, Belmont Light maintains its goal of 50 heat pumps in town and continues to award grants for the installation of appropriate heat pumps. Click here for more details. 
 
100 LED Streetlights As part of the Energy Grant Program, Belmont Light converted 100 of Belmont's high pressure sodium streetlights to efficient LED bulb—a project that will save Belmont an estimated 26 MWhs of electricity a year. 
 
Municipal Heat Pump Project Belmont Light funded the conversion of an antiquated, inefficient heating system for Belmont's DPW to a highly efficient heat pump system. The DPW's new heat pump is expected to save over 458 MMBtu of energy each year. 
 
Belmont Light thanks all the residents who made the Energy Grant Program a success! 
 

ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Program

Purchasing a new appliance this year? Choose an ENERGY STAR qualified appliance and receive a rebate on your electric bill!

2017 Appliance Rebate Program

The 2017 ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Program features rebates for ENERGY STAR qualified dehumidifiers and room air conditioner replacements, as well as rebates for central air conditioners, refrigerators, and room air conditioner additions. The 2017 Appliance Rebate Program is designed to help you save even more energy and money in 2017 and beyond. Download the 2017 Appliance Rebate Application and Brochure and return it with your sales receipt, proof of the ENERGY STAR qualification and proof of removal* to the address below. 

Return all appliance rebate applications to:

Energy New England
Belmont Light Appliance Rebate Program
100 Foxborough Blvd., Suite 110
Foxborough, MA 02035

Please do not include your applications with your electric bill payments.

*Please note that proof of proper removal of your old appliance is required for all refrigerator rebates and for the full-room air conditioner rebate. Rebates are limited to $200 per household per calendar year. See the ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Application and Brochure for more information or call 1-888-772-4242. For information on ENERGY STAR qualified products, vendors, and potential savings, visit www.energystar.gov.

2017 Appliance Rebate Application and Brochure

Energy Efficient Lighting

A simple and effective way to save energy and reduce your electric bill is to replace incandescent light bulbs with light-emitting diode light bulbs (LEDs). Complimentary 9 Watt LEDs are available to all Belmont Light customers at our office at 40 Prince Street  (limit one bulb per customer per visit).

According to the Department of Energy, LEDs use at least 75% less energy and last 25 times as long as incandescent light bulbs. For more information on LEDs, click here.

CFL Recycling

It is important to Belmont Light that all CFLs are safely recycled. Spent CFLs can be dropped off at our 40 Prince Street office during normal business hours (M-F 8 AM to 4 PM) and there are many other recycling centers in and around Belmont, including:

  • Belmont Department of Public Works (DPW) Main Office, Homer Building, 19 Moore St., from 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday
  • Hillside Gardens, 280 Blanchard Rd., from 8 am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday
  • Home Depot, 615 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472
  • Or search for recycling centers near you at http://earth911.com/ .

For more information on CFLs, LEDs, and efficient light fixtures, please visit www.energystar.gov . For information on CFL mercury content, proper usage, recycling, and clean up, please visit www.epa.gov/cfl/.

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 review our Policy on Emission-Free Renewable Energy Facilities effective December 1, 2015

The 2015 Policy replaces Belmont Light's 2011 Net Metering and Buyback Tariff. Under the 2015 Policy, the buyback price for excess solar PV generated by new solar PV customers will change from Belmont Light's full retail rate to 11 cents per kilowatt hour. 

Before beginning installation, distributed generation host customers are required to submit an Interconnection and Service Agreement Application together with the application processing fee and a copy of the signed electrical permit. Please email us at interconnections@belmontlight.com with any questions regarding the interconnection process. 

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. If you have questions regarding our policy or rate for solar PV customers please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Interconnection and Service Agreement Application

2015 Policy on Emission-Free Renewable Energy Facilities

Rate EFR Effective December 1, 2015

Green Choice Program

Belmont Light is committed to supporting clean and renewable energy resources. Every Belmont Light customer also 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 sustain and support renewable energy resources for as little as $6 per month added to your electric bill.

Each $6 “block” represents the production of 100 kilowatt-hours of electricity from renewable resources. Customers may elect to purchase as many 100 kilowatt-hour blocks per month as they wish, and may cancel their participation at any time with 30 days notice.

To participate in the Green Choice Program, download the application below and return to our office at:

Belmont Light Green Choice Program
40 Prince Street
Belmont, MA 02478

Funds from the Green Choice Program will be used to purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from Class I qualified renewable energy resources. For each megawatt-hour of electricity produced by a qualified renewable resource, 1 REC is created on the New England Power Pool Generation Information System (NEPOOL GIS). Since it is physically impossible to determine where a unit of electricity comes from or flows to on the grid, the RECs market helps ensure that renewable resources remain competitive in New England by capturing their environmental value or “attributes” as a second product. As a Green Choice participant, you choose to contribute to a more sustainable power supply for New England.

Green Choice Program Application