How To Improve The Energy Efficiency Of Your Home

The cost of electricity, gas and oil have increased over the last year. Heating and cooling a home is getting expensive. But energy costs include more than heating and cooling expenses. Appliances, hot water heaters, electronic equipment, light fixtures, and even light bulbs all contribute to the total energy cost of your home.

Would you like to save money on your utility bills and reduce your energy costs? If the answer is yes, check out the information below on how you can reduce the energy consumed in your home and save money on your utility bills.

  1.  An In-Home Energy Assessment – Connecticut Light & Power, with support from Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund offers a Home Energy Solutions Program (HES). Under this program, you can select an approved contractor  from a list on CL&P’s website to perform an energy assessment of your home. The contractor will may caulk and seal air leaks, provide rebates on energy efficient appliances, heating and cooling systems, and insulation, and may even provide energy efficient light bulbs. You must apply for the HES Energy Assessment on CL&P’s website. Currently, the cost for the energy assessment of your home is $75, payable to the contractor at the time of assessment.
  2. Special Offers and Rebates from Energy Star Partners – if you are thinking about replacing an appliance or making improvements to your home, go to Energy Star’s website, enter your zip code and select the appliances and/or improvements to find special offers and rebates.
  3. High Efficiency HVAC Rebate – CL&P in partnership with the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund will provide a rebate up to $250 to home owners who upgrade their heating and cooling systems to qualifying systems.
  4. Gas Hot Water Heater Rebate – Yankee Gas, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas in partnership with the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund offer an incentive up to $300 to home owners who install a qualifying indirect gas hot water heater attached to a gas Energy Star rated boiler or an on demand tankless hot water heater.
  5. Qualify Installation & Verification (QIV) Program –  the QIV Program insures that your air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace has been installed correctly. Home owners who participate in this program can receive a $500 rebate per qualifying system.
  6. Energy Calculator – this is an online tool that will walk you through all the appliances, lighting and other electronics in your home and the amount of electricity each consumes.
  7. Energy Tips – go to http://www.cl-p.com/energycalculator/energysavingtips.aspx to view energy saving tips, including tips about phantom loads (electronic devices you believe are off but are still using electricity). There are even tips about holiday lighting!

I hope you found the above information helpful. For more detailed information on reducing your home’s energy costs go to http://www.cl-p.com/Home/CustomerService/Save_Energy/?MenuID=4294984943 or call 1-877-WISE-USE (1-877-947-3873).

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