DARIEN, Conn. – Darien has joined more than 150 other Connecticut cities and towns in a pledge to increase energy efficiency and support renewable energy by joining the Clean Energy Communities program.
Clean Energy Communities is a nationally recognized Energize Connecticut program administered by Eversource, United Illuminating and the Connecticut Green Bank to help cities and towns save energy and increase the installation of renewable energy. To join the program, municipalities pledge to reduce their municipal building energy consumption by 20 percent, attain 20 percent of municipal electricity needs from renewable sources and take other actions to support the deployment of clean energy by 2018.
Public involvement is critical to helping a community reach its energy goals. Once the pledge is signed, residents and businesses that take advantage of Energize CT energy efficiency programs can help their community earn a grant, ranging from $5,000 to $15,000, which can be used toward a community-selected energy saving project. Through participation in Energize CT renewable energy programs, they can also help their community earn a solar photovoltaic energy system that can be installed on a municipal building.
One energy-saving program Eversource customers can participate in is Home Energy Solutions, an in-home service designed to help homeowners save money on energy bills.
Eversource-authorized contractors will come to homes or apartments and perform a thorough energy assessment to locate inefficiencies and pinpoint critical drafts and air leaks. Once identified, the specialists make on-the-spot energy improvements, which include caulking critical areas, installing weatherstripping as needed and adding hot water pipe insulation. Residents will also receive compact fluorescent and LED light bulbs.
At the end of the visit, the specialists review all of the tests they performed. They will discuss additional opportunities to improve the home’s energy performance.
While these services are valued at an average of $1,000, the cost for the HES service is only $99, with the fee waived for income-eligible residents. The average home in Connecticut will save about $250 annually after completing the initial HES visit.
For more information, visit EnergizeCT.com or call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873).
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