Air Source Heat Pump Conversions
Air source heat pumps provide an energy efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioning systems. Acting like a refrigerator, heat pumps use electricity to transfer heat from cool spaces to warm spaces. Depending on climate conditions, homes heated with heat pumps may see a reduction in energy bills of up to 30-40%. As heat pumps do not require combustion, they produce less particulate matter and risk of carbon monoxide leaks in the air, ultimately contributing to improved indoor air quality.
Community Climate Fund investments will amplify the impact and reach of Ipswich Electric Light Department’s (IELD) initiative to provide heating system replacement to low-income households. In 2022, CET initiated funding for replacement of oil heating systems with air source heat pumps for two income-eligible customers in Ipswich, MA. The conversions in total cost $60,300 with the Community Climate Fund contributing $20,300. IELD also contributed additional funds to the projects. The first installation completed at the end of 2022 and the second completed in the beginning of 2023. Community Climate fund investments cover the installed cost of new, energy efficient heating systems, saving recipients energy and money, creating local jobs, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2023, CCF will support the installation of a 276,000 BTU, 23 ton Air Source Heat Pump system at Roundabout Books’ new, expanded location in Greenfield, MA. Along with a renovated HVAC system, this small business has also added solar panels and improved accessibility in their new space.