Home Energy Solutions – Income-Eligible (HES-IE)
Is your home drafty and cold in the winter? Does it need more insulation? Do your energy bills feel overwhelming? We can help.
If your family’s combined gross annual income is below the state’s 60 percent income median (see the "Who is eligible" section below), you may qualify for no-cost energy-saving services. A technician certified by the Building Performance Institute will come to your home and make energy-saving improvements to reduce drafts and help you save on your lighting and hot water bills. If your home qualifies for additional services such as insulation or a more energy-efficient refrigerator, they will arrange for contractors to come back to your home and do the work. Depending on your circumstances, you may receive these services at no cost.
Read "How it works" below to find out how to sign up.
Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information.
How it Works
Six Steps to Take Smart Energy Action
Submit an application to your local utility online, by phone or by mail. To apply:
- Online, click the link of your utility provider:
- By phone, call 1-877-WISE-USE.
- By mail, click the link of your utility provider, download the application and mail to the return address:
If you rent, we will need your landlord to sign a form giving us permission to perform the energy-saving services. You are responsible for getting your landlord’s signature on the form.
If you receive fuel-assistance through your local Community Action Program (CAP) agency, you may also apply through their office.
A local utility-authorized contractor or your CAP agency will contact you to schedule your service with a certified technician.
(Note: Because of high demand for this program, there may be a waiting list. The program is subject to available funding.)
- The home energy checkup begins with important safety tests on your furnace and water heater.
- Next, the technician pinpoints drafts and air leaks using a blower-door test. Then they seal the leaks to reduce the drafts.
- If you have forced hot air or central air conditioning, the technician tests your ductwork to check air flow and seals any major leaks.
- The technician may install hot water-saving devices, including low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators, and energy-efficient lighting (subject to program caps).
- The visit ends with a kitchen table wrap-up. The technician reviews the work done around your home and discusses any deeper energy-saving measures they plan to install. These may include:
- ENERGY STAR® certified appliances to replace old, inefficient appliances. This may include refrigerators, freezers and dehumidifiers.
- Gas heating system burner and furnace repairs or replacements (limited to Eversource and CNG customers)
- ENERGY STAR certified windows to replace single-pane windows if you use electric heat or gas heat exclusively (Windows may require a co-payment.)
- The technician gives you a Home Energy Solutions program booklet, which shows the areas of your home that were serviced during the visit. It includes information about easy ways to save energy wherever you live, and it contains utility and state resources that can help make your energy bills more manageable.
If your home qualifies for additional energy-saving measures, then your contractor will install them. A different contractor may do the work, but your technician will make all of the arrangements.
In some cases, your landlord may be asked to pay some of the costs of these deeper energy-saving measures.
That’s it! Your savings begin with your energy checkup, so don’t delay. Sign up now.
Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information.
Who is Eligible
Who is Eligible?
Residential customers of Eversource, UI, CNG and SCG who meet income-eligibility requirements may qualify for this program. To determine if you are income-eligible, locate your family size on the chart below and the dollar amount next to it. If your family’s combined gross annual income does not exceed this amount, you meet the state’s 60 percent income median and qualify for the program.
Income Guidelines for the 2015-2016 Fuel Season
Yearly Income Limits All Household Members)
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Assets, like your home and car, are not included.
You may also qualify if you meet your utility’s hardship criteria. Please contact your utility to find out more.
Applying is easy. Just submit your completed application form to begin:
If you rent your home, your landlord must complete the Landlord Service Agreement that is included with the application.
If you have received an HES energy checkup on your home within the last 18 months, you may not be eligible to participate again.
If your family’s combined gross annual income is above the state’s 60 percent income median, you may qualify to participate for just $99.
If you are a Connecticut resident and are not served by one of the utilities listed above, please visit your utility’s website to see what energy efficiency programs are available to you. Please click here for information on how to contact your municipal utility.
Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information
Other Energy Assessment (Audit) Options
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No matter how you heat your home, there’s an easy way to lower your energy bill that’s also good for the environment, and it can even make your home more comfortable. For as litle as $99 Home Energy Solutions offers on-the-spot services to homeowners and renters for immediate savings. We empower you with recommendations and resources for deeper savings, too. Learn more about this program.
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What Our Customers Say
- “The services were the best thing ever! They insulated from the inside out and from the outside in. I’m really happy! I haven’t had to order oil in three months which saves me money.”
- “On a low income, upgrading your appliances to be more energyefficient is a lot of money to put out, but this program helped me to do it.”