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The mission of Belmont Municipal Light Department (BMLD)​​ is to deliver safe, reliable electric power service to the community of Belmont by embracing new technology and providing superior customer service.


Energy Assessment Free $.08/ square foot – customer copay
Appliance $200 max per household per calendar year. Heat pump clothes dryers, heat pump water heaters & controllers do not count towards maximum.  
Central AC $100 (SEER rating 14+)
Dehumidifier $75
Refrigerator* $100 (15 cubic feet minimum & proof of disposal required)
Room AC: Remote-controlled, Sensibo-compatible  $100 (with proof of disposal) $25 (without proof of disposal)
Heat Pump Clothes Dryer and Hybrid Heat Pump Clothes Dryer*** $300
Sensibo Smart Controller $120  
Water Heater (WiFi-enabled Hybrid Heat Pump only) $500  
Wi-Fi-enabled Smart Thermostat $100  
Smart Aquanta Controller $165  
Electric Vehicles (EVs) $250 and $8 per month for charging smart
Heat Pump $650 – $3,500
CFL Recycling
Commercial Lighting Retofit Rebate Program 50% of project cost up to $4000
Green Choice Program – Renewable Energy Certificates Payment of $6 per month Payment of $6 per month

*With disposal
**Without disposal
***Standard dryers, even those with ENERGY STAR labels do not qualify

Energy Saving Rebates and Programs

Purchasing a new appliance this year? Choose an ENERGY STAR qualified appliance and receive a rebate on your electric bill!


The 2018 ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Program features rebates for ENERGY STAR qualified dehumidifiers, room air conditioners, central air conditioners, and refrigerators. The 2018 Appliance Rebate Program is designed to help you save energy and money in 2018 and beyond. Download the 2019 Appliance & Smart Devices Rebate Application, and return it with your sales receipt, proof of ENERGY STAR qualification, and proof of removal* to the address below.

Energy New England
Belmont Light Appliance Rebate Program
5 Hampshire St. Ste. 100
Mansfield, MA 02048

Please do not include your applications with your electric bill payments.

*Please note that proof of proper removal of your old appliance is required for all refrigerator and full-room air conditioner rebates. Rebates are limited to $200 per household per calendar year. For more information, view the ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Application and Brochure or call Energy New England (ENE) at 1-888-772-4242. Visit ENERGY STAR for information on ENERGY STAR qualified products, vendors, and potential savings.

2019 Appliance & Smart Devices Program Brochure & Application


Through June 30, 2019, BMLD is offering a $250 rebate for Wi-Fi-enabled level 2 charging equipment. The following models are currently eligible:

  • eMotorWerks JuiceBox
  • ChargePoint Home

In order to reserve your rebate, please inform BMLD of your plan to acquire an EV or charger before June 30th.


Belmont residents with a Level 2 electric vehicle charger (240V) may enroll in the Bring Your Own Charger (BYOC) Program and earn $8/month when they “charge smart.”

To enroll:

  • After you install your charger, request an enrollment form from BMLD.
  • When you return the signed form, include a screenshot of your car set to charge between the hours of 10 P.M. and 1 P.M. during weekdays and anytime during the weekend (10 P.M. Friday – 1 P.M. Monday).
  • You are able to charge during the daytime (M-F 1 P.M. – 10 P.M.) up to 3 times each month, in case of emergency.
  • Participants earn $8/month – That’s the equivalent of about 1,600 FREE miles per year.

Note: In February 2018, BMLD updated its Load-Controlled Smart Charging Program to replace the 15% rebate with a more predictable $8/month rebate. Participants currently enrolled in the 15% program may elect to remain in this program through 2018. All new participants will be enrolled in the Bring Your Own Charger program.


BMLD is partnering with Belmont Drives Electric (BDE) to promote the use of smart chargers for electric vehicles. Find out more information about Belmont Drives Electric by visiting the BDE website.

BDE will help you find a certified electrician to connect the charger to your electrical panel and complete the installation. Email BDE at if you have any questions about this process.

Make sure to drop by an upcoming BDE event to drive an electric car, talk with Belmont residents who own electric vehicles, and learn about BMLD’s Smart Charger Program.

BMLD offers no-cost, comprehensive energy assessments to all of its residential customers. As part of the assessment, a professional energy advisor will conduct a thorough analysis of your home’s energy usage, offer tips on appliance usage, and provide a report detailing recommendations and payback times for any suggested improvements. Participants are under no obligation to proceed with project work recommended during the assessment. The advisor will also install up to $30 of energy savings materials during the assessment. If requested, the 2019 energy assessment program includes a free thermal imaging scan and blower door test.

Call Energy New England (ENE) at 888-772-4242 to schedule your Home Energy Assessment or SIGN UP today.

Energy New England

Highly efficient electric heat pump systems can help residents reduce energy bills and carbon footprints by up to 50%. For this reason, BMLD has set a goal of reaching 50 residential heat pumps in town through its Energy Grant Program.

Depending on the size of the system, BMLD offers discounts between $500 and $3,500 for heat pumps. These discounts are available to homes currently heated with any fuel type. To learn more, please visit Belmont Light’s Heat Pump Grant.

It is important to BMLD that all CFLs are safely recycled. Spent CFLs can be dropped off at BMLD’s 40 Prince Street office during normal business hours (M-F 8 AM to 4 PM) or at other recycling centers in and around Belmont, including:

  • Belmont Department of Public Works (DPW) Main Office, Homer Building, 19 Moore St. (M-F 8 AM to 4 PM)
  • Hillside Gardens, 280 Blanchard Rd. (M-Sat. 8 AM to 6 PM)
  • Home Depot, 615 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472

Please visit ENERGY STAR for more information on CFLs, LEDs, and efficient light fixtures. For information on CFL mercury content, proper usage, recycling, and clean up, please visit the Environmental Protection Agency.

BMLD is committed to supporting clean and renewable energy resources. Every BMLD customer has the option of further supporting renewable energy resources through BMLD’s voluntary Green Choice Program. By electing to participate in Green Choice, you can help sustain and support renewable energy resources for as little as $6 per month added to your electric bill.

Each $6 “block” represents the production of 100 kilowatt-hours of electricity from renewable resources. Customers may elect to purchase as many 100 kilowatt-hour blocks per month as they wish, and may cancel their participation at any time with a 30 day notice.

To participate in the Green Choice Program, download the Green Choice Program Application and return it to BMLD’s office at:

Belmont Light Green Choice Program
40 Prince Street
Belmont, MA 02478

Funds from the Green Choice Program will be used to purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from Class I qualified renewable energy resources. For each megawatt-hour of electricity produced by a qualified renewable resource, 1 REC is created on the New England Power Pool Generation Information System (NEPOOL GIS). Since it is physically impossible to determine where a unit of electricity comes from or flows to on the grid, the RECs market helps ensure that renewable resources remain competitive in New England by capturing its environmental value or “attributes” as a second product. As a Green Choice participant, you choose to contribute to a more sustainable power supply for New England.

Heating assistance is available for low income Belmont residents. Please visit BMLD for more information on the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

To learn more about the Good Neighbor Energy Fund, please visit BMLD.

Belmont homeowners who are eligible for the LIHEAP fuel assistance can get help with heating system repairs or replacement through the Heating Energy Assistance Retrofit Task Weatherization Assistance Program (HEARTWAP).

During the heating season, eligible homeowners whose heating systems are not working can get free emergency repairs. In some cases, homeowners can have their heating systems replaced. Priority for HEARTWAP services is given to those clients in an emergency no-heat or unsafe heating situation.

For more information on HEARTWAP, please visit BMLD.

BMLD shares its customers’ commitment to emission-free renewable energy. If you are considering installing solar panels or a wind turbine to supply energy to your home or business, please review BMLD’s Policy on Emission Free Renewable Generation Facilities, effective December 1, 2015.

The 2015 Policy replaces BMLD’s 2011 Net Metering and Buyback Tariff. Under the 2015 Policy, the buyback price for excess solar PV generated by new solar PV customers will change from BMLD’s full retail rate to 11 cents per kilowatt hour.

Before beginning installations, distributed generation host customers planning to install systems sized 20kW or smaller are required to submit an Interconnection and Service Agreement Application together with the application processing fee and a copy of the signed electrical permit. To apply for interconnection for a system larger than 20kW, please contact BMLD’s Engineering Department at or 617-993-2800.

BMLD recognizes that the decision to host an emission-free renewable distributed generation facility requires careful consideration of many economic and physical factors. BMLD’s distributed generation policy is designed to provide customers with flexibility of contract and fuel options while maintaining low rates and the reliability and safety of its system. If you have questions regarding the policy, rate, or interconnection process for solar PV, please do not hesitate to contact BMLD.

Interconnection and Service Agreement Application
2015 Policy on Emission Free Renewable Energy Facilities
Rate EFR for solar and wind customers

Belmont Light offers commercial customers financial incentives to replace inefficient light fixtures and bulbs with energy savings products and devices. Rebates are available on a range of eligible lighting equipment for every kind of business.  Belmont Light will offer a rebate check of up to 50% of the cost of the installed upgrades and associated labor with a cap of $4,000 per account*. 

To read more about the program, visit: BMLD’s program page.

To apply to the program, compete the 2019 Belmont Light Commercial Lighting Retrofit Application.

Belmont Light offers discounted comprehensive energy assessments to commercial customers in partnership with Energy New England (ENE).  This audit will assess the efficiency of all major end uses, including, but not limited to, lighting and HVAC operations.  All fuel sources will be evaluated during the assessment. At the conclusion of the assessment, the auditor will go over possible improvements that can be made. A full energy conservation report will be made available within thirty (30) days of the site visit.

Commercial energy assessments are offered to Belmont Light customers on a cost-sharing basis.  The co-payment by the customer is based upon square footage of the commercial space.

If you are interested in an energy assessment for your business, please call the Belmont Light Energy Hotline, hosted by ENE, at 1-888-772-4242.

Any other questions can be sent to

Energy New England

  • 5 Hampshire St., Suite 100
    Mansfield, MA 02048
  • 508-698-1200
  • 508-698-0222

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