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Higgins Energy Alternatives – Barre, MA

Higgins Energy Alternatives is one of the oldest & largest fireplace shops in the United States. We are a family owned & operated business that launched in 1975. Ron & Sue Higgins originally opened the business as an antique shop which then diversified into wood stoves & chain saws during the energy crisis in 1979. Since then, Higgins Energy Alternatives has grown and expanded both the facility and the product line to include fireplaces, inserts, and solar energy systems. Our staff has decades of combined experience and many of our employees have been with the company for over 20 years. Even though we’ve expanded, we still remain a local small town favorite that focuses on friendly customer service and quality products.

Company History

Higgins Energy Alternatives is one of the oldest and largest alternative energy stores in the United States.

Facilities & Showroom

We have recently moved into our spectacular new energy efficient building that contains a beautiful showroom featuring over 125 stoves and fireplaces on display, with over 40 of them operating to let you see exactly how they will look in your house. Our new location also includes a huge warehouse so we have the products you need, when you need them.

Services We Provide

We offer complete installation on the products we sell by qualified techs. You can trust in our technicians to complete repairs and perform maintenance in a safe & professional manner.


Alternative heating is our specialty. We know there are many options in alternative heating fuels these days, but Higgins has over 30 years of knowledge and experience in the industry so we are able to serve smart consumers throughout Central Massachusetts. If you are looking for dependability & integrity, Higgins Energy Alternatives is the best choice!

Some of our services include:

  • Fireplace Installation
  • Insert Installation
  • Stove Installation
  • Gas Log Installation
  • Gas Appliance Service
  • Pellet Stove Service
  • Wood Appliance Service
  • Chimney / Flue Cleaning
  • Chimney / Flue Installation
  • Chimney Liners
  • Chimney Caps
  • Chimney Chase Tops

Brands We Carry (Partial List)

Fireplaces & Inserts

Fireplace Xtrodinair, Jotul, Ambiance, Harman, Lopi, Hearthstone


Lopi, Harman, Jotul, Hearthstone, Vermont Castings, Enerzone


Solatube, Stoll

Speak with one of our experts to obtain more information, whether for a new product and its installation, a repair or simply our latest arrivals.