Wood and pellet fuels are a renewable and cost-effective way to heat your home or business. Pellets and wood are a popular fuel choice due to their affordability over fossil fuels and the fact that Maine has significant, locally-produced wood fuel supplies. High efficiency wood and pellet heating systems are eligible for Home Energy Savings Program (HESP) Incentives.
Advances in stove and boiler design have dramatically increased output efficiency and convenience, while reducing particulate emissions. Look for EPA-certified equipment when making a wood or pellet heating system purchase for highest efficiency and lowest emissions. Use our online calculator to “Compare Heating Options” and evaluate the cost of heating with wood or pellets compared to other fuels.
Efficiency Maine supports the installation of high efficiency wood stoves, pellet stoves, and pellet boilers through incentives and financing in the Home Energy Savings Program. Eligible high efficiency wood stoves and pellet stoves installed with ducted make up air are eligible for a $250 incentive. While the limited number of Ultra Low Green House Gas central heating system rebates have been fully subscribed for the current fiscal year, there are still two ways you can get help from Efficiency Maine to install pellet boilers:
First, pellet boilers are eligible for up to $1,500 in incentives following the “custom” pathway in HESP. Contact an energy advisor or wood fuel contractor on our Residential Contractor Locator Tool today to access these incentives! Click here for a list of EPA-certified equipment eligible for rebates.
Second, wood and pellet heating systems are also eligible for financing through Efficiency Maine’s Home Energy Loan Program. Eligible homeowners can receive up to $25,000 with 4.99% APR with no closing fees. Click Here to learn more.
For more information on biomass heating options, please visit the Maine Pellet Fuels Association’s website.