The City launched Renew Boston in 2009 and its mission is fourfold:
- to help Boston residents, businesses, and institutions save energy and money;
- help the City meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050;
- create local green jobs;
- and increase renewable energy in the City of Boston.
The program achieves these goals by making energy efficiency as easy as possible for the City’s property owners, landlords, and tenants. Renew Boston provides educational resources and workshops on energy efficiency, and connects residents to home energy assessments - all free of charge. The program also connects Boston residents with rebates and incentives for improvement projects through the Mass Save program and also helps them access the Mass Save Heat Loan.
During a Renew Boston Home Energy Assessment, a certified Energy Specialist will perform a walk-through, assess a property’s energy efficiency, and install no-cost instant energy saving measures like water-saving devices and efficient light bulbs (LEDs) where applicable. At the end of the assessment, eligible property owners may receive free air sealing and rebates for insulation and weatherization improvements which include:
- 75 percent off - up to $2,000 - for insulation and improvements
- 90 percent off up - to $3,000 - for duplexes and triple deckers where all eligible units are weatherized as a part of the Whole Building Program
- 0 percent financing offered through the HEAT Loan program to finance qualified energy efficiency upgrades and heating systems
Renew Boston works to make it easier for all Bostonians to save energy and money. It's working to better reach and serve Boston’s renter population and low- to middle- income households.
Renew Boston hosts regular workshops on saving money and energy. We'll post updates to this site.