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Cape Light Compact offers two paths to help you save energy and money. For both paths, you will want to make sure you reach out early on in the planning of your project to make sure you don't miss out on savings opportunities.
The Residential New Construction path offers financial incentives to make newly constructed homes more energy-efficient than typical code-built homes.
- Residential new construction homes are defined as being three stories or less.
- We also offer enhanced incentives for multi-family homes that achieve Passive House accreditation. Please visit our Passive House incentives and training pages for more information.
The Renovations and Additions path provides incentives for incorporating energy efficiency upgrades to the renovations and/or additions of existing homes. Here's what you need to know:
- Renovations consist of 50% or more of the original home undergoing renovation. Additions meet a minimum of 500 square feet total floor area.
- A Sponsor representative or third-party verifier conducts a preliminary site visit at your home prior to the start of construction or demolition.
New homes, renovations, and additions on Cape Cod or Martha’s Vineyard are eligible to apply for incentives. Additional incentives including no-cost light-emitting diodes (LEDs) bulbs, heating and hot water systems, and central air conditioning are also available through this program.
Your home energy project may also be eligible for a 0% Mass Save HEAT Loan.
Find details of how each path works below
Renovations and Additions Path
How to participate:
- Get Started. Fill out the Interest Form. Within a few days, a representative will contact you to proceed. If you have questions, please call us at 1-800-628-8413 or email RenovateAddMA@icf.com.
- Want to work with a third-party verifier or HERS rater? Contact one of our third-party verifiers to get started instead.
- Schedule a preliminary site visit prior to the start of construction or demolition of your home. A Sponsor representative or third-party verifier will schedule a preliminary site visit at your home.
- During the preliminary site visit, A Sponsor representative or third-party verifier will perform a baseline evaluation, review your plans, estimate possible energy savings, and may recommend additional energy efficiency upgrades. This visit takes 1-2 hours.
- Receive a preliminary report. Customers typically receive an estimate of the savings and incentive amount after the preliminary site visit.
- Schedule insulation inspection. If you are installing new insulation, contact a Sponsor representative or third-party verifier to schedule your insulation inspection, or to receive instructions on how to complete a remote inspection. Please ensure you schedule this inspection to take place once the insulation work is complete but before the wallboard has gone up. In lieu of an onsite inspection, you may be eligible for a virtual inspection.
- Schedule a final inspection. As you near completion, set up a final site visit with your Sponsor representative or third-party verifier. They will finalize all the details, and your final inspection typically takes about 30 minutes.
- Receive your incentive. After the final inspection is processed, you’ll receive an incentive completion notification and post-participation survey via email. Within 10–12 weeks of your final inspection, you’ll receive an incentive check in the mail.
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New Construction Path
How it works:
Participants work with approved HERS (Home Energy Rating System) companies to enroll their homes for our incentives. Your HERS rater can guide you and help ensure that you receive all the eligible incentives.
How we calculate incentives
To be eligible for incentives, the home must meet minimum energy savings requirements. Incentives are determined by the amount of electric savings, fuel savings (natural gas, propane, or oil), and overall performance compared to the average new home in Massachusetts. Read more about how to receive incentives on a Pay for Savings basis.