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

REBATES OVERVIEW
INCENTIVE OFFERINGS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL
Energy Assessment (Virtual or In-person) Free Free
My Energy Expert Online Assessment Free  
Central AC $100 (SEER rating 14+)  
Dehumidifier (max of 2 per lifetime of acount) $75  
Refrigerator* $75 (15 cubic feet minimum & proof of disposal required)  

Induction Stoves

$75 – $500

Electric-to-electric $100

Gas-to-electric $500

New Construction $500

Portable Induction Unit $75

 
Room AC: Max of 3 per lifetime of account.

$25 or $100

with proof of disposal $100

without proof of disposal $25

 
Chain & Pole Saw $40  
Hedge Trimmer $40  
Leaf Blower $30  
Pressure Washer $40  
Push Lawn Mower $100  
Riding Lawn Mower (no zero-turn) $200  
Rototiller $40  
String Trimmers & Hedgers $25  
Zero-Turn Riding Lawnmower $400  
Resi Energy Storage System $500  
Heat Pump/Hybrid Clothes Dryer $300  
Sensibo Smart Controller $100  
Water Heater (WiFi-enabled Hybrid Heat Pump only)

$250-$500

Tier 1 & 2 $250

Tier 3 & 4 $500

 
Wi-Fi-enabled Smart Thermostat (Max of 3 per lifetime of account.) $100  
Smart Aquanta Controller $100  
Electric Vehicle (EV) Smart Charger Application $250 and $8 per month for charging smart  

Heat Pump

Tier 1: $650 or $1150 with fossil fuel adder)

Tier 2: $1000 or $1750 with fossil fuel adder)

Tier 3: $1500 or $2500 with fossil fuel adder)

Tier 4: $2000 or $3500 with fossil fuel adder)

 
Air Sealing $500  
Insulation $500  
CFL Recycling  
Solar/Wind
Commercial Lighting Retrofit Rebate Program   50% of project cost up to $4000
Green Choice Program – Renewable Energy Certificates Payment of $6 per month Payment of $6 per month​

 

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!

2021 APPLIANCE REBATE PROGRAM

The 2021 ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Program features rebates for ENERGY STAR qualified dehumidifiers, room air conditioners, central air conditioners, and refrigerators. The 2021 Appliance Rebate Program is designed to help you save energy and money in 2021 and beyond. Apply for a rebate via the online rebate portal.

*Please note that proof of proper removal of your old appliance is required for all refrigerator and full-room air conditioner rebates. Rebates are limited to $500 per household per calendar year. The maximum exlcudes the following: heat pump dryers, water heaters, and controllers.

ELECTRIC VEHICLE REBATES & PROGRAMS

CHARGING EQUIPMENT REBATE

BMLD offers a $250 rebate for Wi-Fi-enabled level 2 charging equipment for the following models:

  • Any JuiceNet-enabled device
  • ChargePoint Home
  • Flo Home X5
  • Tesla Wall Connector Gen 3

EV Smart Charger Rebate Application 

BRING YOUR OWN CHARGER PROGRAM (BYOC)

Belmont residents with a Level 2 electric vehicle charger (240V) may enroll in the Bring Your Own Charger (BYOC) Program and earn $8/month when they “charge smart.”

To enroll:

  • After you install your charger, request an enrollment form from BMLD.
  • When you return the signed form, include a screenshot of your car set to charge between the hours of 10 P.M. and 1 P.M. during weekdays and anytime during the weekend (10 P.M. Friday – 1 P.M. Monday).
  • You are able to charge during the daytime (M-F 1 P.M. – 10 P.M.) up to 3 times each month, in case of emergency.
  • Participants earn $8/month – That’s the equivalent of about 1,600 FREE miles per year.

Note: In February 2020, BMLD updated its Load-Controlled Smart Charging Program to replace the 15% rebate with a more predictable $8/month rebate. Participants currently enrolled in the 15% program may elect to remain in this program through 2020. All new participants will be enrolled in the Bring Your Own Charger program.

BELMONT DRIVES ELECTRIC

BMLD is partnering with Belmont Drives Electric (BDE) to promote the use of smart chargers for electric vehicles. Find out more information about Belmont Drives Electric by visiting the BDE website.

BDE will help you find a certified electrician to connect the charger to your electrical panel and complete the installation. Email BDE at BelmontDrivesElectric@gmail.com if you have any questions about this process.

Make sure to drop by an upcoming BDE event to drive an electric car, talk with Belmont residents who own electric vehicles, and learn about BMLD’s Smart Charger Program.

HOME ENERGY ASSESSMENT

BMLD offers no-cost, comprehensive energy assessments to all of its residential customers. As part of the assessment, a professional energy advisor will conduct a thorough analysis of your home’s energy usage, 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 recommended during the assessment. The advisor will also install up to $30 of energy savings materials during the assessment. If requested, the 2019 energy assessment program includes a free thermal imaging scan and blower door test.

Call Energy New England (ENE) at 888-772-4242 to schedule your Home Energy Assessment or signup online today.

BELMONT LIGHT ENERGY HOTLINE
Energy New England
1-888-772-4242

DISCOUNTS ON HEAT PUMPS

Highly efficient electric heat pump systems can help residents reduce energy bills and carbon footprints by up to 50%. For this reason, BMLD has set a goal of reaching 50 residential heat pumps in town.

Depending on the System Cooling Capacity (BTU/h), BMLD offers a base rebate of $650-$2000. Additional rebates for full fossil fuel displacement start at $500 to $1500. Residential Rate A low-income and Small Municipal Rate MB customers can submit a recent BMLD electric bill for an additional $500.

To qualify, heat pumps must be installed in the 2020 calendar year and must appear NEEP’s Cold Climate Air Source Heat Pump list. Please visit BMLD’s heat pump rebates page for additional information.

Apply to the program via our online rebate portal.

CFL RECYCLING

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

  • Belmont Department of Public Works (DPW) Main Office, Homer Building, 19 Moore St. (M-F 8 AM to 4 PM)
  • 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.

GREEN CHOICE PROGRAM

BMLD is committed to supporting clean and renewable energy resources. Every BMLD customer has the option of further supporting renewable energy resources through BMLD’s 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 a 30 day notice.

To participate in the Green Choice Program, download the Green Choice Program Application and return it to BMLD’s 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 its 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.

LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIHEAP)

Heating assistance is available for low income Belmont residents. Please visit BMLD for more information on the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

GOOD NEIGHBOR ENERGY FUND

To learn more about the Good Neighbor Energy Fund, please visit BMLD.

HEATING EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE RETROFIT TASK WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (HEARTWAP)

Belmont homeowners who are eligible for the LIHEAP fuel assistance can get help with heating system repairs or replacement through the Heating Energy Assistance Retrofit Task Weatherization Assistance Program (HEARTWAP).

During the heating season, eligible homeowners whose heating systems are not working can get free emergency repairs. In some cases, homeowners can have their heating systems replaced. Priority for HEARTWAP services is given to those clients in an emergency no-heat or unsafe heating situation.

For more information on HEARTWAP, please visit BMLD.

EMISSION-FREE RENEWABLE DISTRIBUTED GENERATION

BMLD 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 BMLD’s Policy on Emission Free Renewable Generation Facilities, effective December 1, 2015.

The 2015 Policy replaces BMLD’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 BMLD’s full retail rate to 11 cents per kilowatt hour.

Before beginning installations, distributed generation host customers planning to install systems sized 20kW or smaller are required to submit an Interconnection and Service Agreement Application together with the application processing fee and a copy of the signed electrical permit. To apply for interconnection for a system larger than 20kW, please contact BMLD’s Engineering Department at interconnections@belmontlight.com or 617-993-2800.

BMLD recognizes that the decision to host an emission-free renewable distributed generation facility requires careful consideration of many economic and physical factors. BMLD’s distributed generation policy is designed to provide customers with flexibility of contract and fuel options while maintaining low rates and the reliability and safety of its system. If you have questions regarding the policyrate, or interconnection process for solar PV, please do not hesitate to contact BMLD.

Interconnection and Service Agreement Application
2015 Policy on Emission Free Renewable Energy Facilities
Rate EFR for solar and wind customers

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*. 

To read more about the program, visit: BMLD’s program page.

To apply to the program, compete the 2020 Belmont Light Commercial Lighting Retrofit Application.

COMMERCIAL ENERGY ASSESSMENTS

Belmont Light offers free 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.

If you are interested in an energy assessment for your business, please call the Belmont Light Energy Hotline, hosted by ENE, at 1-888-772-4242.

Any other questions can be sent to energysolutions@belmontlight.com.