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Energy upgrades to help YMCA save money

March 26, 2018

An investment of more than $60,000 to make its more than century-old building more energy efficient is expected to pay off big for the Naugatuck YMCA.

Westport Community Leaders Participate in Energy-Saving Service

March 22, 2018

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe recently participated in Home Energy Solutions, an Energize ConnecticutSM in-home energy improvement service provided by Eversource, as a way to increase energy efficiency awareness across the community.

Report: Every dollar invested in Connecticut energy efficiency generates $7 into state economy

March 5, 2018

Every dollar invested in energy efficiency generates $7 back into Connecticut’s economy, according to a report by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board.

Gaduns Auto Body Recognized with Energy Efficiency Business of the Year Award

November 21, 2017

The Clinton Energy Committee recently recognized Gaduns Auto Body, 212 East Main Street, with the “Energy Efficiency Business of the Year” award.

Stretch Your Dollar: Tips for making your home more energy efficient

October 2, 2017

Making just a small change here or there to show you’ve done work to lower their bills will go a long way with a buyer who’s about to take on years of mortgage payments.

Bethel earns $10,000 grant to promote energy efficiency

September 25, 2017

The town earned the Bright Idea Grant from Clean Energy Communities, a program that allows municipalities to earn points for being energy efficient. Towns can then exchange these points for a grant to complete an energy-saving project that will benefit the community, according to the program’s website.

Don’t Miss ‘Downtown Milford Goes Green'

September 5, 2017

A weeklong adventure of fun, prizes and energy efficiency is coming to Milford Sept. 16 through Sept. 23.

Lower rates for Energize CT’s heating loans

August 24, 2017

A ratepayer-backed lending program for energy-saving heating upgrades has lowered its interest rates from 2.99 percent to 0.99 percent well in advance of winter.

Connecticut utilities drop interest rates on energy efficiency improvements

August 23, 2017

Connecticut’s major utilities are reducing interest rates for financing new, more energy efficient heating equipment.

Energize Connecticut Center Hosts ‘Water Powers the World’ Family Activity Day

August 3, 2017
On Friday, Aug. 18, the Energize Connecticut Center will conclude its Renewable Energy Summer Series with a kid-friendly exploration on water energy.
The event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Energize Connecticut Center, 122 Universal Drive North, North Haven (next to Panera Bread in the Target Plaza). It is free of charge and open to the public.

Naugatuck Mayor Encouraging Residents To Sign Up For Energy-Saving Program

August 3, 2017

Naugatuck Mayor Pete Hess II recently participated in Home Energy Solutions from Eversource and Energize Connecticut, a low-cost way to save money and improve your apartment or home.

John Winthrop Students Place in Essay Contest

July 27, 2017

Two 7th graders from John Winthrop Middle School in Deep River were selected in a state-wide EESmarts essay contest on energy conservation in Connecticut and were honored at the state capital building in Hartford on June 2. Jolie Edwards won first place and Ella Pitman won second place in 7th grade in a field of more than 1,200 entrants.

Energize Connecticut Center Hosts Science Series

July 26, 2017

The Energize Connecticut Center hosted a kid-friendly, hands-on science series on July 21 that explored light, wind, and solar energy. One of the projects involved making a solar-powered fan—here Tarah Cherny watches from the doorway as Noah Cruz puts his to work as Peter and Joshua Britto ready theirs.

Litchfield High School recognized for energy efficiency

July 26, 2017
Representatives from Eversource recently recognized the Town of Litchfield for the ENERGY STAR® certification of Litchfield High School.

New Milford mayor encourages residents to sign up for energy-saving program

July 26, 2017

New Milford Mayor David Gronbach recently participated in Home Energy Solutions, an Energize ConnecticutSM in-home energy improvement service provided by Eversource.

Save money, energy this summer

July 25, 2017
Eversource and Energize Connecticut offer tips to save money and energy at home during these dog days of summer:
Clean or replace air conditioning filters regularly to keep the unit running as efficiently as possible.
Set air conditioning to the highest comfortable temperature. Every degree you lower the thermostat can drive up your bill by 6 percent.

Energize Connecticut Center Hosts ‘Water Powers the World’ Family Activity Day

July 25, 2017
On Friday, August 18, the Energize Connecticut Center will conclude its Renewable Energy Summer Series with a kid-friendly exploration on water energy. 

Free for the first 80 callers from Danbury: Eversource energy upgrade

July 24, 2017

A utility company is offering to fit a limited number of homes with free energy-saving devices.

The free program by Eversource, available to the first 80 Danburians who sign up, features a home visit by contractors who will:

Montville High upgrades may save school thousands

July 23, 2017

MONTVILLE — Montville High School is now equipped with technology that could save the school $55,000 in annual energy costs. The school partnered with Eversource, its New England-based energy provider, to switch to LED lighting and install modern air controls and sensors.

Wallingford student recognized at eesmarts contest

July 20, 2017
Wallingford area student Olivia Cabrera St. Pierre was honored last week as a finalist at the 13th annual eesmarts™ Student Contest ceremony which took place at the State Capitol on Friday, June 2.
Presented by Energize Connecticut in partnership with Eversource and AVANGRID, Inc. subsidiaries United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas, the eesmarts Student Contest invites Connecticut students in grades Kindergarten to 12 and college to create projects about energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability.

Kids can learn about wind, build a wind turbine Friday

July 17, 2017
The Energize Connecticut Center invites children and parents to become ‘Clean Energy Champions’ this summer and learn about Earth’s renewable energies – sun, wind and water. On Friday, July 21, the kid-friendly series explores wind power and how we can use it.
The event will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Energize Connecticut Center, 122 Universal Drive North, North Haven (next to Panera Bread in the Target Plaza). It is free of charge and open to the public.

Family-friendly event coming to Energize Connecticut

July 7, 2017

The Energize Connecticut Center, 122 Universal Drive North, has scheduled a family-friendly event where children and parents become “Clean Energy Champions” for Friday, July 21, 2 to 4 p.m. The free program explores wind power and how we can use it.

Renewable Energy Series

July 3, 2017

The Energize Connecticut Center invites children and parents to become ‘Clean Energy Champions’ this summer and learn about Earth’s renewable energies – sun, wind and water. On Friday, July 21, the kid-friendly series explores wind power and how we can use it.

Deep River Students Recognized at 13th Annual eesmarts™ Student Contest at State Capitol

June 23, 2017

John Winthrop Middle School classmates Jolie Edwards and Ella Pitman were honored last week at the 13th annual eesmarts™ Student Contest ceremony held at the State Capitol for their winning entries in the seventh-grade category.

Presented by Energize Connecticut in partnership with Eversource and AVANGRID, Inc. subsidiaries United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas, the eesmarts Student Contest invites Connecticut students in grades K-12 and college to create projects about energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability.

Stamford Residents Boost Energy Efficiency and Community Efforts

June 21, 2017

The Stamford Boys & Girls Club recently received a $4,125 donation as a result of residents’ participation in Home Energy Solutions, a popular in-home energy improvement service provided by Eversource and Energize Connecticut.

Stonington couple wins Zero Energy Challenge award from Energize Connecticut

June 19, 2017

Energize Connecticut, in partnership with Eversource, has named Stonington homeowners Sandy and Jeff Alexander one of five winners of its annual Zero Energy Challenge.

Stonington Residents Encouraged To Participate In Energy-Saving Campaign

June 15, 2017

The Town of Stonington and Eversource are working together to help residents save energy and support the Stonington Fuel Bank by encouraging their participation in the Home Energy Solutions program, a popular in-home energy improvement service provided by Eversource and Energize Connecticut, according to a release.

West Hartford Student Among Winners of Energize Connecticut ‘eesmarts’ Contest

June 2, 2017

Fourth grader Alexander “Alex” Patt of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford was chosen as a finalist in Energize Connecticut’s 13th annual “eesmarts” statewide student contest. Alex’s newspaper article was selected from more than 1,200 entries and he attended the ceremony Friday at the State Capitol.

Local Students Win Essay Contest

June 2, 2017
Students from around the state were honored Friday morning at the State Capitol during the 13th annual eesmarts Student Contest Awards Ceremony.
The event was to honor 43 finalists that participated in the contest – which asks students to showcase their knowledge of energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability.

Clinton Business Makes Upgrades Through Energize CT

May 23, 2017
Clinton-based Kenyon International, Inc., is seeing its commitment to being more energy efficient pay off to the tune of $4,100 in annual savings thanks to EnergizeCT, a partnership between utility Eversource and the State of Connecticut.

Ellington Home Wins Energy Efficiency Contest

May 23, 2017

A recently built Ellington home is one of the most energy-efficient homes in the state.

The home of Steve and Janis Moser, at 55 Kreyssig Road, Broad Brook (the property, which also contains the Mosers' Sunset Valley Farm, straddles the East Windsor/Ellington line, and the house is in Ellington) was completed in August of 2016 and recently won the 7th annual Zero Energy Challenge.

Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge Winners Announced

May 17, 2017

Energize Connecticut has announced the five winners for the seventh annual Energize Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge (ZEC), a statewide design and build competition for single and multi-family homes. This year’s competition featured 17 homes from across the state built between June 1, 2016 and Jan. 31, 2017.

In this nationally recognized initiative, participants are challenged to construct high efficiency homes that consume little to no energy by using sustainable building practices.

Energy Efficiency Programs Rev Up Manufacturer's Growth

May 2, 2017

Energy efficiency programs are a major reason behind the expansion of a Connecticut manufacturer whose client list includes some of the most recognizable names in the gun and military hardware industries.

Farmington-based Connecticut Spring & Stamping, also known as CSS, says it has added a second manufacturing facility and boosted its workforce by 200 workers during the past four years thanks in part to savings obtained through energy efficiency programs. The latest move is expected to save $8,171 a year on natural gas expenses in a state that has some of the nation’s highest energy prices, according to a press release.

Earth Day Celebrations Over the Weekend

April 29, 2017

Planet earth was the focus at a celebration at Energize CT Center in North Haven on Saturday.

Energize CT Center’s 3rd Annual Earth Day

April 29, 2017

The Energize Connecticut Center is hosting their 3rd annual Earth Day celebration today. Lisa Sarubbi stopped by our studio to tell us what to expect from the events and how the center can help save you money while becoming more energy efficient.

Energize CT: Upcoming Deadline for Statewide Student Contest

April 10, 2017

As the April 28th deadline approaches, Energize Connecticut, in partnership with Eversource and AVANGRID, Inc. subsidiaries United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas, is reminding students that submissions are still being accepted for its 13thannual eesmarts Student Contest.

HVAC Systems Help Take a Connecticut House to Zero Energy

April 4, 2017

With nearly two-thirds of a home’s energy consumption coming from space heating, air-conditioning, and water heating, a home’s mechanical systems are just as important as a home’s building envelope. This is particularly true when designing and building to the Passive House standard.

'Earth Day, Every Day' Tours Schools Statewide

April 3, 2017

A zany cast of characters performed by Eastern Connecticut State University alumni is amid an ambitious month-long tour for a children's theatre production called "Earth Day, Every Day." Brought to audiences by eesmarts™, an Energize Connecticut initiative managed by Eversource and the United Illuminating Company, the play will tour Connecticut elementary schools from March 27-April 21.

Energize Connecticut Center Holds STEM Night

March 30, 2017

On Feb. 24, the Energize Connecticut Center welcomed more than 60 children and parents to its first STEM night of the year with Connecticut STEM Academy. 

Ellington Fuel Banks Receive Donation via Home Energy Solutions

March 29, 2017

The Ellington and Coventry fuel banks recently received a $1,075 and $700 donation, respectively, as a result of residents’ participation in Home Energy Solutions (HES), a popular in-home energy improvement service provided by Eversource and Energize Connecticut.

Lyman recognized for ‘green’ efforts

March 22, 2017

Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the towns of Durham and Middlefield, and Eversource celebrated the Energy Star certification of John Lyman Elementary School recently with a ceremony at the school.

Community News For The West Hartford Edition

March 6, 2017
WEST HARTFORD — Nearly 300 West Hartford residents recently participated in the town's light bulb swap, where they exchanged over 1,500 incandescent light bulbs for new, energy-efficient ENERGY STAR® LED bulbs, free of charge.
Energy experts from Eversource were on-hand at the light bulb swap to answer questions and provide information about additional opportunities to save money by making their homes more energy efficient, including information on the popular in-home service, Home Energy SolutionsSM.

Energize Connecticut Center in second year at new location

February 8, 2017

The Energize Connecticut Center, an energy efficiency resource and hands-on learning laboratory located in North Haven, concluded 2016 by celebrating its first full year of service.

Energize Connecticut invites eesmarts contest entries

February 6, 2017

Energize Connecticut, in partnership with Eversource and AVANGRID, Inc. subsidiaries United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas, is now accepting entries for its 13th annual eesmarts Student Contest, a competition encouraging students to create projects about energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability. The deadline for entries is April 28.

State's First Zero Energy Ready Subdivision Open In Derby

February 4, 2017

DERBY >> State and local lawmakers including state Rep. Themis Klarides, Rep. Linda Gentile and Derby Mayor Anita Dugatto, as well as representatives from Energize Connecticut, Home Builders and Remodelers Association and the Green Building Council were on hand to tour Connecticut’s First Zero Energy subdivision, Singer Village in Derby, recently.

Thousands of lightbulbs exchanged in Danbury

February 2, 2017
Nearly 700 Danbury residents participated in the city’s light bulb swap, exchanging more than 3,500 incandescent light bulbs for new, energy-efficient bulbs for free.
Danbury residents who swapped out five of their home’s old, inefficient light bulbs are expected to save more than $50 in annual energy costs, according to a news release on the swap.

Brookside Development Receives Best Green Energy-Efficient Awards

January 11, 2017

Brookside Development of Woodbridge has been recognized and selected to receive two 2016 Home Building Industry (HOBI) Awards from the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut (HBRA) for its development at Singer Village in Derby, Connecticut.  The HBRA of Connecticut HOBI Awards are the most prestigious awards presented in Connecticut for excellence in design, construction, sales and marketing, and financing by members of the organization.

Energize Connecticut Home Energy Solutions

December 21, 2016

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – With the start of winter it is important to remember that the cost of your energy bill will be increasing. Our friends over at Energize CT can help you save with a few home improvements to help keep your home warm.

Zero Energy Challenge Participant Receives Connecticut Home Building Industry Award

December 12, 2016

A Connecticut home builder has been recognized for energy efficient construction. The Hartford Courant reports:

Eversource and United Illuminating announced today that Brookside Development, an Energize Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge participant, was recognized at the 2016 Home Building Industry (HOBI) Award ceremony for their efforts in zero-energy home construction.

LED Christmas lights smart choice for saving energy

December 1, 2016

This is the time of year when many people are looking to decorate the house and trim the Christmas tree. If you like to decorate in a big way, you probably see a big spike in your electric bill this time of year, but with improvements in LED lighting technology recently, you can actually save a lot of money now.

Those LED lights are right next to the incandescents on the store shelf, but they do cost more. News8 asked United Illuminating Program Administrator Lisa Sarubbi what LED lights actually give you for that extra money.

Connecticut's First Zero-Energy Ready Subdivision Is Taking Shape

November 14, 2016

5 Singer Village Drive, the latest home in Brookside Development’s Singer Village community in Derby, Connecticut, has been completed and is currently available for sale. Singer Village is Connecticut’s first zero-energy ready subdivision, which when complete will feature seven net zero energy ready homes arranged around the property’s existing Historic Singer Home.

Follow the Construction of a Connecticut Passive Home

November 3, 2016

While vacationing at a sustainable treehouse resort in Costa Rica, Deb and Russell Heinrich were inspired to build their eco-friendly dream home on their 8-acre farm in North Guilford, Conn. 

New Lighting System, Campus Expansion Part of Two Roads’ Growth

November 3, 2016

At Two Roads Brewing Co., it’s all about trying new things. And that doesn’t just apply to its craft beers.

The attitude is behind the company’s two latest projects: the installation of a new LED lighting system and plans to build a $12 million brewery next to its present facility on Stratford Avenue.

The company finalized the purchase of the 2.5 acres next door earlier this year for $550,000. The property had been the remaining piece of land owned by the U.S. Baird Co. that was not under Two Roads’ ownership.

Home Honored for Energy Efficiency

November 2, 2016

Paul Torcellini was named the winner in the Innovation for Custom Homes (for Buyers) category at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2016 Housing Innovation Award ceremony held in Frisceco, Texas, for renovating his home to make it energy-efficient.

Advanced lighting saving Stratford Brewery 17K a year

October 27, 2016

The state's largest brewery says it's on pace to save $17,356 a year in electricity costs thanks to the installation of an advanced LED lighting system, according to tracking by utility parent Avangrid.

More than 200 LED fixtures at Two Roads Brewing's Stratford headquarters were replaced earlier this year. The Digital Lumens system has advanced controls, including the ability to tune lighting levels for certain uses, as well as sensors that adjust the lighting depending on daylight, according to Energize Connecticut, which along with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) provided funding for the nearly $159,000 upgrade.

DOE first announced funding for a commercial building technology demonstration project in July 2014. Among the four recipients that ultimately shared $6 million in funding was the New England Energy Partnership (NEEP), which had proposed an advanced lighting control project in 10 buildings in the region.

Nine were ultimately selected, including Two Roads, which was the first Northeast project completed.

According to the DOE, which visited Two Roads last month to see the new system, the commercial building program is meant to promote "technologies that are ready for market adoption but that may be underutilized due to market barriers including perception of risk, gaps in information and data on performance as well as cost."

The energy-use monitoring by United Illuminating at the site is meant to help validate the technology.

Family STEM Night Presented by Energize Connecticut

October 1, 2016

Come to the Energize Connecticut Center for a fun night exploring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math with CT STEM Academy! During the free, family-friendly event, guests will build rockets, create towers, control a Superhero robot, and code with Ozobots.

Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge Under Way

September 26, 2016

States like CaliforniaNew York, andFlorida are well-known for their energy efficiency and conservation policies and programs, and have served as national models since the 1970s. However, since the early 2000s, Connecticut has consistently ranked in the top ten nationally for its energy efficiency policies and programs. 

Energize Connecticut to Host Annual Family Science Day

September 15, 2016

On Saturday, October 1, the Energize Connecticut partners – Eversource and AVANGRID, Inc. subsidiaries United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas – will host their annual Family Science Day at the Energize Connecticut Center. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 122 Universal Drive North, North Haven. It is free of charge and open to the public.

You May Save Money with a More Energy Efficient Cooling System

August 4, 2016

Your current cooling system may still be operating, but there’s a chance it may not be running efficiently and running up your electric bill. As the summer heat continues over the next couple of months, take a look at your current system and see if it’s time to upgrade to an energy efficient cooling system.

Trumbull Center Fire District shines, Saves Thanks to Affordable Energy Upgrades

July 15, 2016

A modern, energy-efficient building that saves money — what else could anyone ask for?

The Trumbull Center Fire District headquarters, located at 860 White Plains Road, has seen exactly that type of makeover over the last year thanks to the state’s Energize Connecticut’s Small Business Energy Advantage Program.

Don’t let your money fly out the window

July 11, 2016

With summer underway, many of us are trying to wrap up home improvement projects so that we can kick back and relax when we have time off.

However, as you are finishing up these projects, don’t forget about making sure that the cool air you’ll be paying for this summer stays in your home.

Torrington mayor has home energy audit; hopes to inspire public

July 6, 2016

TORRINGTON >> Mayor Elinor Carbone had an energy audit conducted at her home Wednesday morning, in an effort to increase the energy efficiency of her family residence, save a few dollars over the course of the year, and inspire other residents to do the same.

Representatives of Wesson Energy moved through the domicile Wednesday, running their hands over the nooks and crannies between walls, windows and doors, while an air blower attached to a door created a vacuum effect — simulating, according to Wesson building analyst Chris Borucki, a 25 mile-per-hour wind on all sides of the building.

Bright Idea: Stamford Residents Enjoy Successful Light Bulb Swap

May 16, 2016

Nearly 1,000 residents recently participated in the city’s first-ever light bulb swap at the Stamford Government Center, where they exchanged nearly 5,000 incandescent light bulbs for new, energy-efficient Energy Star LED bulbs, free of charge.

Each Stamford resident who swapped out five of their home’s old, inefficient light bulbs is expected to save more than $50 in annual energy costs. Combined, these residents will save $50,000 annually. Over the lifetime of the new LED bulbs, they will collectively save $1.15 million.

Litchfield couple wins in CT Zero Energy Challenge

April 16, 2016

LITCHFIELD >> Eversource and the United Illuminating Company have selected four winners for the sixth annual Energize Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge (ZEC), a statewide design/build competition for single and multi-family homes. This year’s competition featured nine homes from across the state built between June 1, 2014 and Dec. 31, 2015.

In this nationally-recognized initiative, participants are challenged to construct high efficiency homes that consume little to no energy.

New London to host free light bulb swap for residents

March 30, 2016

The city will host a free light bulb swap day for residents on April 9 and hand out up to five free energy-efficient LED bulbs in exchange for incandescent bulbs in any condition.  

The event will be held between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the New London Senior Center, 120 Broad St.

Hundreds attend lightbulb swap event in Torrington

March 5, 2016

Thousands of lights across the city were replaced with higher-efficiency options as a result of a recent lightbulb swap event organized by the municipal government, according to an announcement sent out by the Office of Mayor Elinor Carbone Friday afternoon.

About 920 city residents attended to the event, according to the announcement, leading to the exchange of 4,600 traditional lightbulbs with LED alternatives.

Groton joins program to increase energy efficiency

February 12, 2016

The town of Groton has joined the Clean Energy Communities Program, which helps cities and towns save energy and boost the use of renewable energy.

To join the program, municipalities must pledge to reduce their building energy use by 20 percent, get 20 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources and take other steps to support clean energy.

Once a pledge is signed, residents and businesses that take advantage of Energize CT energy efficiency programs can help the community earn a $10,000 grant for a community-selected energy saving project. 

How to Lower Your Electric Bill During the Holiday Season

December 11, 2015

To find out how to save some money on your holiday energy bills, News 8 went to the Energize CT Center in North Haven. Even if you’re just lighting a 6-foot tree for 40 days, the cost can still add up. Find out how to save now and in the future.

Energize Connecticut helps winterize homes

December 8, 2015

While most Connecticut residents have turned on the heat, some are bringing in a professional to winterize their homes.  Through Energize Connecticut's Home Energy Solutions Program, homeowners can bring in Lantern Energy Inc. to figure out where their residence is losing out.

Connecticut maintains nationwide energy efficiency ranking

October 21, 2015

A new study released Wednesday ranks Connecticut sixth among all states for its energy efficiency efforts.

This is the second straight year Connecticut has been ranked sixth in the annual study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Three other New England states finished in the top six spots in the survey with Massachusetts in first, Vermont in third and Rhode Island finishing fourth.

Mica Corporation Teams with United Illuminating on Energy Usage Round Table.

October 15, 2015

Mica Corporation, a manufacturer of water-based primers and coatings for the flexible packaging industry, and a participant of United Illuminating Company's (UI) Business Sustainability Challenge (BSC), hosted a round table discussion on sustainability and energy efficiency in the workplace on Wednesday, October 14th.

Representatives from several Connecticut-based businesses gathered to network, exchange ideas, discuss Energy Usage Assessments, and the advantages of being involved in the only existing utility-backed sustainability program in Connecticut, the BSC.

How to save on your Heating Bill

October 2, 2015

(WTNH) — Just days ago, it seemed like all of us were cranking up our air-conditioners. Just like that, now we will be turning on the heat, and bracing ourselves for those heating bills. So how do you keep your heating bills from skyrocketing?

“Through the Energize Connecticut Program, we have a really good opportunity for homeowners to save energy and money through a program called home energy solutions,” said Enoch Lenge, Eversource Energy Efficiency Expert. “It’s 99 dollars to a homeowner and we also have that same service at no cost to income eligible customers. It pays itself back in less than six months. We see an average savings of about 200 dollars per year.”

Redding joins energy efficiency program

September 25, 2015

REDDING — More than 95 percent of Connecticut’s towns are now committed to make greener energy decisions.

Redding has signed a pledge to become a Clean Energy Community, an Energize CT program that promotes smarter energy choices. By signing the pledge, a municipality commits to reduce its energy consumption by 20 percent in all town-owned buildings and to purchase 20 percent of its energy supply from renewable sources by 2018. There is no penalty if the goal isn’t met.

Energy Audit Helps Homeowners Find Problems Before Winter Cold

September 22, 2015
Summer may be fresh in our minds, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to prep your house for winter, and one way to do that is with an energy audit.
Charles Houlihan and his wife Shelley did an audit. They said once their kids moved out of their 33-year-old Simsbury home, they noticed the house was feeling draftier in the winter.
"We've noticed it in some windows; we've noticed that we've burned more wood. We knew something needed to be done," said Charles Houlihan.
Enter Energize CT and its Energy Audit Program for Eversource and United Illuminated customers. For $99, homeowners can put their homes to the test.

Norwalk lands $15K grant for free light bulb exchange Sept. 19

August 23, 2015

The City of Norwalk landed a $15,000 grant that will be used to help residents replace old, incandescent light bulbs with modern, energy-efficient bulbs. Mayor Harry W. Rilling and Councilman John Kydes, chairman of the Mayor's Energy and Environment Task Force, on Friday were presented the check for the city's participation in Clean Energy Communities program.

Teens In Green Canvas For Energy Efficiency

July 15, 2015

A team in green will be once again be canvassing New Haven streets this summer, hoping to improve the city’s energy efficiency. The team, members of the Youth Conservation Corps program, now in its second year, will take high school and college students around the city, introducing neighbors to the benefits of energy efficiency.

Outside of City Hall on Wednesday, the group of students, all dressed in green, spoke with neighbors about the Home Solutions Program from Energize Connecticut, where professionals visit apartments, homes and business to advise the occupant on how to improve their energy efficiency. The service is offered at a low-cost, with eligible residents receiving it for free.

St. Luke’s Student Wins Energy Contest

June 27, 2015

St. Luke’s School 10th grader Mary Zech recently won first place in the eleventh annual eesmarts student contest.

Mary’s project won the high school category, which asked students to design a community-based project to solve an energy-related issue in their city or town. Representatives from Eversource came to St. Luke’s School and presented Mary with her award.

Presented by Energize Connecticut in partnership with Eversource and the United Illuminating Company (UI), the eesmarts Student Contest invites Connecticut students in grades K-12 to create projects about energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability.

Energize Connecticut Opens in North Haven

June 22, 2015

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection commissioner Robert Klee cut the ribbon to open the Energize Connecticut Center earlier this month while children and adults discovered energy-efficient and renewable energy ideas and solutions through hands-on learning in a fun-filled environment. The Energize Connecticut Center is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through Labor Day.

New Energize Connecticut Center in North Haven - Part Efficiency Resource, Part Fun

June 10, 2015

Efforts by Connecticut’s two legacy electric utilities to promote energy efficiency and the public understanding of how they operate have taken on a new name and a new location. The Energize Connecticut Center opened recently at 122 Universal Drive, North Haven, CT. 

School project earns an 'E'

May 20, 2015

The house recently completed in the rear corner lot at Kaynor Technical High School has about 160 square feet of floor space. It would be small for a garage, large for a shed.

It's a small house with a big job. It carries the legacy of a beloved teacher to whom it was dedicated during a ceremony Tuesday. It also carries a share of the potential to rescue Connecticut's environmental future, according Rob Klee, commissioner of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

New Canaan Police recognized for energy efficiency

May 1, 2015

Even with a number of Town Hall employees occupying the same building, the New Canaan Police Department received a Summer Saver Bronze Award for reducing energy consumption.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection gave the award to 11 organizations or businesses across the state that reduced electricity demand and consumption by 5 to 10 percent last summer.

Energy audit can save money, fight homelessness

April 19, 2015

NEW BRITAIN — Thanks to an innovative program sponsored by Eversource, residents can save money on their energy bills and help the Mayor’s Building Hope Together plan to end homelessness in the process.

Two area companies doing energy audits through the Clean Energy Community program sponsored by Eversource and other members of Energize Connecticut will donate $25 of the $99 fee to the plan.

Energize CT saved customers $81M in 2014

March 31, 2015

More than 990,000 Connecticut businesses, municipalities, and residents used the various Energize Connecticut programs last year, saving a total of $81 million in energy costs for the year.

Energize Connecticut is an initiative of the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board, which receives the majority of its funding from a charge on ratepayers' utility bills.

JAX Lands $1.2M Energize Incentive

March 24, 2015

To help its sustainability efforts, The Jackson Laboratory of Bar Harbor, Maine, received a $1.2 million Energize Connecticut incentive for its new Farmington facility, which has since been certified LEED Gold.

Prior to construction of the Genomic Medicine lab in Farmington, which opened in October, Senior Facilities Director John Fitzpatrick worked with Hartford utility, Eversource Energy, to utilize Energize Connecticut programs and create a customized plan to reduce the lab’s energy footprint.

Energize Connecticut Announces Statewide Student Contest

February 25, 2015

Energize Connecticut, in partnership with Eversource Energy and the United Illuminating Company, is now accepting entries for its eleventh annual eesmarts Student Contest for students in grades K-12. The contest is open to all students in Connecticut and the deadline for entries is April 24, 2015.

The eesmarts Student Contest invites students to create projects about energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability. Finalists for each grade level will be honored at a special awards ceremony on June 5 at the State Capitol in Hartford.

Wilton Builder, Ridgefield Architect Finish 3rd In Statewide Energy Contest

February 25, 2015

A Wilton builder and a Ridgefield architect were among the winners in the fifth-annual Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge (ZEC), a statewide design/build competition for single and multi-family homes.

Energize Connecticut with its utility partners, Eversource (formerly Connecticut Light & Power) and the United Illuminating Company, named three winners in the contest, which included 11 homes from across the state built between June 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2014.

C-PACE allocated $65M in first two years

February 10, 2015

Connecticut's C-PACE program allocated $65 million for more than 90 energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in its first two years, according to a report by administrator Connecticut Green Bank.

The Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy program allows business property owners to make energy upgrades with no upfront costs by providing low-cost financing where the monthly debt service is less than the energy cost savings achieved.

Malloy to propose $1B residential solar program

February 10, 2015

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will propose a residential solar credit program he hopes will attract $1 billion in private investment, he announced Tuesday.

As part of the legislative package he will introduce later this month, Malloy will propose a Solar Home Energy Renewable Credit program where owners of solar arrays on residential property can receive 15-year contracts from the state's utilities to sell the credits they receive by generating renewable power.

Norwalk City Hall Upgrades Equipment To Be More Energy Efficient, Cut Costs

January 31, 2015

Norwalk officials gathered Friday to celebrate new energy conservation efforts at City Hall that they say will save the city money and reduce its carbon footprint.

The project spearheaded by the Mayor’s Energy and Environment Task Force will see more than 2,000 fluorescent light fixtures at City Hall replaced with high efficiency T8 bulbs. The city has also replaced two 27- year-old boilers in City Hall’s basement with three new condensing boilers. The new fixtures are expected to save the city thousands of dollars a year in energy costs.

Connecticut Science Center's Revamped Energy Exhibit Aims at Engagin Children

January 9, 2015

Will a hands-on energy efficiency exhibit aimed at children help them to think about their carbon footprint? 

That's the hope at the Connecticut Science Center, where a recently-updated "Energy City" exhibit includes interactive features that invites children to understand energy efficiency.

The exhibit surrounds visiting children  with replicas of alternative sources such as wind turbines, solar panels, hydropower, and fuel cells. An energy-efficient house with model appliances encourages children to think about how their families may be overusing their own heating system and other appliances.

New Energy City Exhibit unveiled at CT Science Center

December 31, 2014

The Connecticut Science Center has “amped” up the fun factor in its Energy City gallery with brand-new hands-on activities that teach visitors all about energy. Science Center guests will discover the importance and benefits of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy-saving measures that can be applied in their own homes. The new exhibits are made possible with the generous support of Energize Connecticut, an initiative dedicated to showing Connecticut residents how to make smart energy choices.

Training the workforce of tomorrow that's needed today

December 19, 2014

Students who helped to construct an "E-House" using energy-efficient systems on the campus of Abbott Technical High School likely won't have any trouble finding a job when they graduate.

In fact, representatives from at least one area company were on hand recently to see the project and check out some of the soon-to-graduate students as prospective employees.

"We have a real labor shortage in the industry," said Stephen Hartmann, a manager with the Danbury-based Ross Solar Group. "We just can't find enough people who know how to do this stuff."

Thomaston residents swap 2,500 light bulbs

December 16, 2014

More than 400 Thomaston residents participated in the town's first ever light bulb swap, exchanging more than 2,500 traditional incandescent light bulbs for efficient LED bulbs, free of charge.

The swap was funded through a $5,000 grant administered by Berlin electric utility Connecticut Light & Power. Thomaston received the grant because of the community's participation in the Energize Connecticut program, administered by CL&P and Orange electric utility United Illuminating.

Cromwell to join energy-saving initiative

November 13, 2014

The Town Council on Wednesday agreed to join a voluntary energy conservation initiative.

The council voted 7-0 to join the Clean Energy Communities program, sponsored by CL&P and Yankee Gas. The council agreed to a non-binding pledge, as have 116 other communities in the state, CL&P Community Relations Specialist Patricia C. Banzes said.

The program seeks to reduce municipal energy consumption by 20 percent by 2018. It also commits member towns to increase to 20 percent the amount of energy they receive from renewable energy sources by the same 2018 deadline.

New Energize CT Video Series Aims to Help Consumers Save Energy, Money

October 22, 2014

Energize Connecticut recently launched a new video series on its website, EnergizeCT.com, to help Connecticut residents understand the value of energy efficiency and make smart energy choices.  According to Energize Connecticut, the overall goal of the series is to help residents get the most efficient energy performance out of their home or small business so that they can start saving money on their monthly energy bills.

Upgrades, weatherizing benefit Conn. housing

October 19, 2014

Residents of a Naugatuck apartment complex are expected to save $200 a year in electric costs and more than $350 annually in gas costs with the completion earlier this month of an energy efficiency project.

Thirty-two apartment units were renovated with energy-saving technologies and weatherization at no cost to the Naugatuck Housing Authority or residents.

Upgrades include installing insulation, new bulbs for lighting fixtures, low-flow showerheads and faucets and weatherizing interior, exterior and basement areas.

Energy Saving Campaign Kicks Off in Brookfield

September 15, 2014

The Town of Brookfield is working to help residents reduce their energy consumption, save money on their energy bills, and support Brookfield Social Services by encouraging participation in Energize Connecticut’s Home Energy SolutionsSM (HES) program.

Home Energy Solutions, brought to you by CL&P and Yankee Gas, is a convenient in-home service designed to help you save money on your energy bills and make your home more comfortable year round.

CL&P Recognizes the MDC

September 10, 2014

The Metropolitan District (MDC) was recognized by Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) and Energize Connecticut for the installation of new energy efficient equipment at the Hartford Water Pollution Control Facility. MDC officials received a special plaque during a ceremony, held at the MDC’s headquarters, celebrating completion of the energy-saving upgrades.

The MDC and its consultants, JK Muir and Arcadis, worked with energy experts from CL&P to complete the energy efficiency upgrades as part of the Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) Phase II Project.

Norwalk Promotes Energy Efficiency Assessments

August 27, 2014

Norwalk is taking further steps toward green energy efficiency.

"The first thing that we do is a blower-door test, which will depressurize the home and show all of the leaky and drafty areas of the home," said Collin Babbage, community outreach coordinator for New England Smart Energy. 

Firestone Building Products' Bristol facility chosen as Northeast business leader for energy efficiency

August 21, 2014

Firestone Building Products Company, LLC announced that its Bristol, Conn. manufacturing facility was recognized by the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) as a 2014 Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency. The Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency recognition program highlights the accomplishments of organizations that are participating in energy efficiency programs across the region.

“I’m proud that the energy efficient renovations at our Bristol, Conn. facility were recognized by NEEP,” said Clint Baty, Bristol plant manager. “The energy reduction improvement project demonstrates our focus on sustainability and reducing our environmental footprint. When it comes to energy efficiency, Firestone Building Products is committed to producing results.”

Clean Energy points adding up

July 16, 2014

The town of New Milford needs just 40 more homes to join in the Clean Energy Communities Municipal Pledge to be in the running for a $10,000 grant from Connecticut Light & Power.

In May, town officials entered the pledge, saying they would reduce municipal building energy consumption 20 percent by 2018. The town also pledged to purchase 20 percent of its municipal building electricity from clean, renewable energy sources by 2018.

Nine New London County Towns Sign Clean Energy Communities Pledge

June 26, 2014

The towns of East Lyme, Franklin, Ledyard, Lisbon, Lyme, Old Lyme, Preston, Sprague, and Waterford have all recently signed a pledge to commit to Clean Energy Communities, an Energize Connecticut program that incentivizes Connecticut municipalities to support energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Under the Clean Energy Communities program, each town pledged to reduce municipal building energy consumption by 20 percent by 2018, attain 20 percent of municipal electricity needs from renewable sources by 2018, or take other actions to support the deployment of clean energy.

Local tech students attend Clean Trades Summit

June 18, 2014

Trade-school students at Norwich Technical High School and Ella T. Grasso Southeastern Technical High School in Groton participated in the first-ever Connecticut Clean Trades Summit at Central Connecticut State University last month.

Students from five schools statewide presented findings and recommendations from a year-long investigation of their school's energy usage and sustainability practices. The schools will receive grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 for students to implement their energy-saving proposals during the next school year.

Bright Ideas Grant: Yellow farmhouse gets efficient makeover

June 9, 2014

Thanks to hard work from the Wilton community on green initiatives and a resulting $10,000 Bright Ideas grant funded by CL&P and Yankee Gas, the yellow farmhouse at Ambler Farm was made significantly more energy efficient last week.

The farmhouse — a town-owned antique building that is the home of Ambler Farm’s program coordinator Kevin Meehan and his family — has been completely retrofitted with advanced-technology insulation and high-efficiency light bulbs thanks to the grant. New England Smart Energy Group performed much of the work on the house as its general contractor, while Sky Property Services installed the insulation.

Silver Star Diner's Energy Initiative Saves Big Bucks

June 3, 2014

NORWALK -- For over 30 years, the family-owned Silver Star Diner on Connecticut Avenue has been a popular location for Norwalk residents, and passersby who can see the diner's iconic sign going down I-95 near Exit 14.

Yet with any eatery comes a boatload of expenses, no matter how popular the establishment.

However, the Silver Star, working with the contracting company Earthlight Technologies as well as Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) and Yankee Gas, through the state regulated Energize Connecticut's Small Business Advantage Program, recently instituted several energy efficient changes, which will end up saving owner Alex Savvidis almost $20,000 a year.

Wilton builder wins "green" award for Danbury project

May 2, 2014

BPC Green Builders is quickly becoming one of the leaders in the region in green building methods.

The company, which is based in Wilton, recently won the Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge for using green construction methods to build a home near Lake Waubeeka in Danbury that uses 90 percent less electricity than the typical house.

Know your options in the supplier market

April 21, 2014

Recent events in Connecticut's competitive electric marketplace underscore the need for customers to understand their electric bills and competitive service options to make the best choices.

CT’s energy programs spur solar demand

April 21, 2014

Nearly three years after Connecticut enacted a landmark energy law, demand for solar installations is rising — not at the same pace of neighboring Massachusetts, but giving the industry here all the work it can handle for now.

Today, more than 100 businesses are authorized to install solar photovoltaic systems under varying Connecticut incentive programs, which businesses and residents have snapped up even as installers have struggled to keep up with burgeoning demand.

CL&P launches Home Energy Reports program

April 21, 2014

Beginning this week, more than 340,000 Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) customers will be automatically enrolled in a new, free energy-saving service called Home Energy Reports, an Energize Connecticut initiative.