Expert Energy-Saving Advice and Help
Getting a handle on your home's energy use is an important first step toward saving energy and money by improving efficiency and reducing heat loss. We can help.
What is a Home Energy Assessment?
A home energy assessment is a good first step to determine how much energy your house uses and what improvements you can make to save money and energy. Often called a “home energy checkup” or audit, it can:
- Pinpoint where your house is losing energy
- Determine if your heating and cooling systems are operating efficiently
- Show you ways to save energy and make your home more comfortable
- Identify improvements that will save you the most money
The best approach is to have this service performed by a professional auditor who is trained and equipped to evaluate your home’s energy efficiency. Auditors generally use equipment such as blower doors, which measure the extent of air leaks, and sometimes use infrared cameras, which reveal areas with hard-to-detect air leaks and missing insulation. They also may perform important safety tests on your furnace and water heater. After your home energy audit, the auditor provides a report listing recommended energy-saving improvements and information about rebates and financing options that can help offset the cost of improvements.
How We Help: Home Energy Assessment Offers
The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund offers two options for you to learn about the energy-saving opportunities in your home. Both offer rebates and flexible payment options specific to your home.
Option 1 - Home Energy Solutions
The Home Energy Solutions program offers two tracks based on income: Core Services and Income-Eligible. Both include an in-home energy check-up , a safety check on your furnace and water heater and on-the-spot services such as air sealing and installation of energy-saving lighting, faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads (items may vary).
See what to expect from a Home Energy Solutions home energy checkup and get energy-saving tips for your home. The video segment was produced by Ron Hazelton Productions in conjunction with the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund and The United Illuminating Company’s Conservation and Load Management team. This video will walk you through the steps of a Home Energy Solutions in-home weatherization assessment and may provide other tips on weatherizing your home. Note: the Kill-A-Watt meter in this video is not part of the current HES program services.
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No matter how you heat your home, there’s an easy way to lower your energy bill that’s good for the environment – and can even make your home more comfortable. For as little as $75, Home Energy Solutions offers on-the-spot, energy-saving services to homeowners and renters for immediate savings. We empower you with recommendations and resources for deeper savings, too. Learn more.
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If your family's combined gross annual income is below the state's 60 percent income median, you may qualify for our Home Energy Solutions – Income-Eligible program. The $75 fee is waived and you may receive additional energy-saving services for free. Learn more.
Option 2 - Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program
If you’re ready to make deeper energy-saving improvements – such as insulation or a high-efficiency heating and cooling system – or are planning a big home remodeling project, check out our Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program.
Sponsored in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency, it is a one-stop approach to energy efficiency. You select one of our certified contractors to work with you and receive a custom proposal from the contractor to do all the work. You decide which improvements to make and apply to your utility to pre-authorize incentives for the upgrades. The utility inspects the completed upgrades and sends you an incentive check.
Learn more about the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.
For information on common recommendations surfaced during a home energy assessment please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.