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Efficient, Comfortable Heating with Canton Valley Housing

Canton Valley is an affordable housing complex in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Built in the 1950s for WWI veterans, its 48 units were serviced by old and oversized boilers that could only operate at 75 percent capacity. An upgrade to a more energy efficient system was long overdue, and a partnership with Unitil allowed for significant savings on the project.

Canton Valley Housing view of front of unit
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of project cost covered by rebates
new high-efficiency boilers & water heaters installed
less natural gas used annually
kWh of electricity saved annually
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This is a significant project that will not only save money, but improve the comfort and reliability of the heating systems.

Karen Hulette
Manager, MOC’s Heating System Repair and Replacement Program (HEARTWAP)

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The Fitchburg Housing Authority, which oversees the town’s public housing and HUD Section 8 programs, worked with the Montachusett Opportunity Council (MOC) and Unitil to calculate the proper heating equipment and energy usage. Because the old heating system operated at only 75 percent efficiency, the upgrade to a more energy efficient system qualified for a 100 percent rebate relative to project cost (approximately $150,000).

The residential complex had four high efficiency boilers and water heaters installed. It’s anticipated that new heating equipment will use about 20 percent less natural gas annually (or save 6,233 therms). The electric upgrades include variable motor drives that will save 8,211 kWh of electricity annually — enough energy to supply a home for an entire year.

“We’re thrilled that Fitchburg Housing Authority was able to take advantage of this efficiency rebate program,” Unitil Media Relations Manager Alec O’Meara said. “We hope that the savings that will be seen through making this upgrade will help in the mission to provide additional affordable housing options for the region.”

group of people admiring new boiler