WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Time is running out for a rebate program that may help you save thousands of dollars as you prepare for winter.
22News is working for you Monday night with information you need to know about upgrading your furnace before the temperatures drop.
Fuel assistance programs are now accepting applications.
Keith Gedney of West Springfield told 22News, “My grandmother, she gets a lot of the fuel assistance, so luckily with that, she gets a lot of help through that part.”
Home owners and renters have started checking off items on their to-do list to make sure their house is ready for winter.
Ben Os of Chicopee said, “We make sure our windows are sealed. Our landlord just put in a new double pane window, so that should also help with heating bills as well.”
Experts told 22News one of those to-do items should be cleaning your furnace and replacing it if needed.
Luis Dinis from Alves Fuels in Ludlow told 22News, “The more efficient system you have, the less fuel you're going to use. Someone who typically uses 800 gallon a year of fuel, and you put in a new, efficient system, you're looking at reducing about 100-200 gallons a year.”
A new system will cost you anywhere from $3,000 to $8,000 depending on the model, but after you replace your old boiler, you can apply for the Mass Save Rebate Program.
Upgrade to an oil furnace with a 85% or higher Annual Fuel Usage Efficiency Rating, you get $1,750 back. Upgrade to a natural gas furnace with a 90% or higher efficiency rating, you get $3,500 back.
Now is also a good time to switch from oil to natural gas if that's what you've been considering, but first, you have to check the availability of a gas line in your neighborhood.
Converting also requires an upfront investment, but in the long run, experts say you will save hundreds of dollars per year.