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Program advises on home energy conservation


Coginchaug Area Transition is co-sponsoring a series of free programs with the Joint Task Force on Clean Energy and Sustainability. The March 27 program, at 7 p.m. in the Durham Public Library, will feature a speaker from Home Energy Solutions.

Winter is the ideal time to take advantage of this opportunity to participate in the Home Energy Solutions program, supported by Energize Connecticut. A modest fee is charged and some people may qualify for free services. Payment is collected at the time of the assessment, but it will be easily earned back through savings.

A professional auditor who is trained and equipped to evaluate your home’s energy efficiency will visit your home. Auditors generally use equipment such as blower doors, which measure the extent of air leaks; or infrared cameras, which reveal areas with hard-to-detect air leaks and missing insulation. They do a duct test to assess air leaks within the ductwork system.

The auditor also may perform important safety tests on your furnace and water heater. After making an assessments, the auditor will do on-the-spot improvements, such as changing outdated light bulbs, and caulking and sealing of critical air leaks. Hot water-saving measures, including low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators, may also be installed.

After your home energy audit, the auditor provides a ’kitchen table wrap-up,’ where he or she will review the work that was done in your home and tell you about additional resources that can help you save energy and money.

The auditor will then offer valuable rebates on qualifying central air conditioning systems, rebates on replacing inefficient appliances with qualifying energy-efficient models, and valuable insulation upgrades.

For more information visit the CL&P website and look for “Home Energy Solutions” or call 1-877-WISE-USE (1-877-947-3873). Have your CL&P account number handy. There may be a waiting list for appointments. There are options for renters, as well as an income-eligible free program. In addition, there is information for those who have already had the Home Energy Assessment and want to go the extra mile of savings.

— Submitted by Jen Huddleston, C.A.T.



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