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As the summer heat continues, Southington residents are encouraged to participate in Home Energy Solutions℠, a convenient, in-home service provided by Eversource and Energize Connecticut.

Home Energy Solutions includes an energy assessment and on-the-spot energy improvements performed by an Eversource-authorized contractor. This service is valued at an average of $1,000 and saves a typical customer $200 each year. The cost for this visit is only $99 but it will increase to $124 beginning September 1. The fee is waived for income-eligible residents.

“Home Energy Solutions is one of the most effective ways Southington homeowners and renters can tackle head-on those areas where conditioned air is leaking out of their home,” said Eversource energy efficiency spokesperson Enoch Lenge. “It is a great opportunity to save money on your energy bills and make your home more comfortable year round.”

During the service, Southington residents will receive:

-Sealing around doors, windows, floor joists, and any other areas where air-conditioned air can escape (this service alone is valued at an average of $600)

-Energy-saving light bulbs

-Safety tests on heating equipment

-Water-saving showerheads and faucet aerators

-A report detailing your home’s performance before and after the changes

-Recommendations for future upgrades and available incentives to help pay for them

Through November 30, Eversource is offering an insulation special for Southington residents that participate in Home Energy Solutions. During the visit, the Eversource-authorized contractor will provide the rebate for $1.00 per square foot of insulation installed.

Since 2015, Southington has been active in Clean Energy Communities, the nationally-recognized Energize Connecticut program to help cities and towns save energy and increase the installation of renewable energy. Eversource is currently working with Southington to help it reach its energy goals and reduce municipal building energy consumption by 20 percent by 2018.

For each Southington homeowner and renter that participates in Home Energy Solutions, the town earns points toward a $15,000 Bright Idea Grant. These grants can fund community-selected energy saving project, like the installation of an electric car charging station at town hall, new LED lighting for a school or a community-wide light bulb swap.

For more information or to sign-up for Home Energy Solutions, please visit EnergizeCT.com/HES or call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873).