A dozen New England-area HVAC contractors received 18 COOL SMART awards for their dedication to energy efficiency, as shown by their use of Energy Star®-qualified residential HVAC systems.

The awards were presented at the annual ACCA – New England Golf Tournament, held at the Stow Acres Country Club in Stow, MA.

Sponsored by National Grid, NSTAR Electric and Western Massachusetts Electric Co., the winners were recognized at a luncheon awards ceremony following the tournament.

Launched in 2003, COOL SMART is a central air conditioner rebate program for National Grid, NSTAR Electric and Western Massachusetts Electric Co. residential customers in Mass. and R.I. The initiative promotes the purchase and installation of ENERGY STAR®-qualified residential HVAC systems.

The COOL SMART program has been the exclusive presenting sponsor of the ACCA Golf Tournament for four consecutive years. The ACCA’s awards provide the utility sponsors with an opportunity to recognize and applaud identified HVAC contractors for displaying a strong commitment to their customers and the environment.

Ellis Guiles, vice president of TAG Mechanical Systems, Syracuse, NY, and advocate of quality installation programs, was the keynote speaker at the luncheon.

“By participating in the COOL SMART program, you all have a tremendous opportunity to distinguish yourselves from the competition and preserve the environment through energy efficiency," Guiles said. "Quality installation means less pollution. By installing more energy efficient systems, you are helping customers by cutting their energy bills. The COOL SMART program ensures they get the highest performing system that will save them a lot of money in the long run.”

(TAG Mechanical received a ContractingBusiness.com Quality Home Comfort Award in July, 2009. See http://bit.ly/TAGQHCA)

The COOL SMART awards are based on leadership, quality installations and active program participation. First place award recipients from Massachusetts are:

  • Berry Mechanical Services (Haverhill)
  • Boucher Energy Systems – three awards (Mendon)
  • Central Cooling & Heating – two awards (Woburn)
  • Chaves Heating and Air Conditioning – two awards (Hudson) Distributor Corporation of New England (Malden)
  • Eaton Mechanical (Brockton)
  • Heating and Air Conditioning Services, Inc. (West Bridgewater)
  • Mark Meacham (Charlton)
  • Needham Oil and Air – two awards (Needham)
  • Wilson Services (Northampton)

Top Rhode Island award recipients are:

  • Carjon Air Conditioning and Heating – two awards (Smithfield)
  • Restivo’s Heating and Air Conditioning (Johnston).


Conservation Services Group (CSG), a Westborough, MA-based energy services firm, is the administrator of the COOL SMART program for National Grid, NSTAR Electric and Western Massachusetts Electric Co. To find out about becoming a COOL SMART contractor, or for general program information, visit www.mycoolsmart.com