Contractors Honored with Energy Efficiency Awards at Air Conditioning Association Golf Tournament

Posted by Lisa Rinkus on October 19, 2015
Contractors Honored with Energy Efficiency Awards at Air Conditioning Association Golf Tournament
(Left to right) Keith Miller, of National Grid, takes a break on the green with winning contractors Brian and Aaron Lawrence, of Lawrence Air, in Barrington, R.I.

Nine New England-based contractors are recipients of the 2015 COOL SMART awards, presented recently at the annual golf tournament of the Air Conditioning Association of New England (ACA/NE). The awards are sponsored by the Massachusetts/Rhode Island COOL SMART program, and given out during the annual event held in Stow, Mass.  The winning contractors specialize in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning and were honored for the quality installation of energy saving equipment and their overall contributions to the program. The golf tournament draws more than 100 participants throughout the region each year.    

COOL SMART, now in its 11th year, is a high efficiency heating and cooling rebate program for residential customers of National Grid, Eversource, Unitil and the Cape Light Compact. These program administrators sponsor the awards and the tournament to recognize contractors in Mass. and R.I. for outstanding service and an ongoing commitment to energy efficiency. Launched in 2004, COOL SMART promotes the purchase and installation of Energy Star-qualified and high efficiency air conditioners, heat pumps and water heaters. Awards are distributed annually to recognize outstanding contractors for leadership, quality work and active program participation.

Award recipients from Massachusetts are as follows:

  • A Plus HVAC, Inc. – Westfield
  • Central Cooling & Heating -- Woburn
  • Heating & AC Services/ARS – West Bridgewater
  • Mucciarone Mechanical Services – Attleboro
  • Nashoba Air, Inc. -- Littleton
  • Rodenheiser Plumbing and Heating – Holliston
  • Robies Refrigeration, Inc. – Hyannis

Rhode Island award winners are:

  • CARJON AC & Heating – Smithfield
  • Lawrence Air Systems – Barrington

Eversource Residential Program Manager Bill Stack has seen the ACA/NE tournament grow over the years.  He said, “For the past decade, we have witnessed more and more contractors participating in COOL SMART. This program is important to public health, because greenhouse gas emissions and pollution are reduced by up to 30 percent as a result of their outstanding work. On behalf of Eversource, we are proud to be affiliated with the program and its committed contractors throughout the region. We applaud the winners and hope to see even more participants next year.” 

National Grid Residential Program Manager Ishaga Diagana attended the event for the second consecutive year. He said, “Congratulations to all of the winners. By installing energy efficient systems, these dedicated contractors are doing a significant service for the environment by reducing the demand on our natural resources. They are also performing a great service for their customers, as the equipment installed through the COOL SMART program will help them save them money on energy bills.” 

To find out about becoming a COOL SMART contractor, or for general program information, visit or call 1-800-473-1105.


Lisa J. Rinkus is the president of LJPR.


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