Northern Utilities - Commercial Energy Efficiency Programs

September 09, 2009


Northern Utilities offers rebates for multifamily customers, small/medium businesses and large businesses. Eligible multifamily buildings have more than four units, a master-metered account, and use gas heat and/or gas hot water. Customers who have a commercial or industrial building that has an annual gas usage of 40,000 therms or less qualify for the small/medium business customers program. All gas customers whose annual use exceeds 40,000 therms, plus all municipal buildings, hospitals, and universities, qualify for the large business program. Eligible energy efficient upgrades are similar for all three programs with slight variations; customers should check the website for which measures qualify in which programs. Upgrades include: attic, roof, wall, ceiling, floor, basement, heating pipe, duct and hot water pipe insulation, temperature turn down, boiler reset control, automatic temperature controls, water heater tank rap, low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators, heat recovery potential, chillers, etc. Each program also offers a custom program that includes all of the above as well as heating system electronic/pilotless ignition, burner replacement, and other measures determined on a site-specific basis. Northern Utilities will also perform an energy audit for commercial and industrial customers, make recommendations, and pay 50% of the qualified installation cost of suggested upgrades, up to a maximum of $50,000. In addition, Northern Utilities will pay large business customers 50% (up to $7,500) of the cost of a scoping study. Customer must sign a Partners in Energy Installation Agreement prior to the commencement of any energy-related work. Northern Utilities, as a member of GasNetworks, also offers high efficiency space and water heating equipment rebates. Rebates range from $25 to $1,300, depending on equipment type. All equipment must meet certain energy efficiency standards listed on the program web site.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: New Hampshire
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Partners in Energy Intake Center
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Water Heaters
  • Chillers
  • Furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Heat recovery
  • Programmable Thermostats
  • Building Insulation
  • Custom/Others pending approval
  • Food Service Equipment
Incentive Amount: Base Rebate: 50% of installation cost
Scoping study rebate: 50% of cost
ECM Furnace: $400
Warm Air Furnace: $100
Hot Water Boiler: $500-$1000
Steam Boiler: $200
Combined High Efficiency Space and Water Heating Unit: $1300
Indirect Water Heaters: $300
Tankless water heaters: $300
Thermostat: $25
Low-intensity infrared heating: $500
High efficiency fryers: $1000 ENERGY STAR Label
Maximum Incentive: Base Rebate: $50,000
Scoping study: $7,500
Additional equipment rebates: $500
Equipment Requirements: ECM/Warm Air Furnace: 92% or > AFUE
Hot Water Boiler: 85%, or > AFUE
Steam Boiler: 82% or > AFUE
Tankless water heaters: 0.82 Energy Factor
Combined High Efficiency Space and Water Heating Unit: 90% or > AFUE and model must identify a water heating option/feature as part of the standard unit without additional external components
Thermostat: ENERGY STAR Label
High efficiency fryers: ENERGY STAR Label


Name: Northern Utilities
Address: 300 Friberg Parkway
Westborough MA 01581
Phone: (800) 852-3339

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.