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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
States like California, New 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 >> 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
(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 — 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Even on rainy April mornings, Mike Randich's house is collecting energy.
Randich, along with Avon-based building company Wolfworks, completed a home this year that was awarded a $10,000 prize from the Zero Energy Challenge, a competition put on by Energize Connecticut -- which is overseen by Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating.
As is the purview of the contest, Randich's home is zero energy. According to Enoch Lenge, an energy efficiency spokesperson for Connecticut Light & Power, the home doesn't consume any more energy than it produces.
Renaissance Farm in Warren recently won an energy saving prize from Energize Connecticut, Connecticut Light & Power and The United Illuminating Company among the five winners announced last month. The fourth-annual Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge is a statewide design and build competition for single and multi-family homes, according to a press release. The farmhouse in Warren was among the 11 homes across the state built between June 1, 2012 and December 1, 2013, featured in this year’s competition.