City of Boston - Renew Boston Residential Retrofit Program

January 10, 2012


NOTE: This offer expired December 31, 2011.  The summary provided here is for information only.

Using funding provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the City of Boston is offering income-eligible residents and landlords an opportunity to increase the energy efficiency of their homes and residences. Residents must be between 60% and 120% of the state's median income and in the case of renters, they must get written permission from landlords to proceed with any installations. After an initial eligibility verification process, Renew Boston will conduct an on-site energy assessment for free. Pending the results of the assessment, the Renew Boston representative will recommend and make improvements in insulation, air sealing, and lighting among other efficiency upgrades. Up to $3,500 in improvements will be made at no cost to the resident. Only improvements made through the Renew Boston program by Renew Boston representatives (and official, authorized partners) are eligible.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Massachusetts
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: City of Boston
Start Date: 09/2010
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Lighting
  • Caulking/Weather-stripping
  • Duct/Air sealing
  • Building Insulation
  • Other EE
Maximum Incentive: $3,500 (provided in the form of free energy audit, insulation, and sealing services)
Installation Requirements: Renew Boston determines eligibility and installs recommended improvements directly for participating residents.


Name: Renew Boston Information
Organization: City of Boston
Boston MA
Phone: (617) 635-7283

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.