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Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling

 
Type
Home
 
Category
 
Rebate
$30
  • Appliances & Electronics

If you have a second, inefficient refrigerator or freezer in the garage or basement, you can recycle it at no cost and save.

Save up to $125 per year

A second, inefficient refrigerator or freezer may be costing you up to $125 per year to run. You can now responsibly recycle that refrigerator at no cost. You will save energy and money plus earn a rebate.

A $30 rebate is available to Eversource and United Illuminating electric customers that recycle their second, still working refrigerator or freezer. 

Key Features

Eversource and United Illuminating have contracted with ARCA to provide this service. 

Step 1 – Determine your eligibility

Review the “Who is Eligible” section of this web page to determine if your appliance is eligible for no-cost pick up and the rebate.

Step 2 – Schedule your pickup

Customers may call ARCA at 888-997-8892 or schedule online. Have your electric account number handy.

Step 3 – Redeem your rebate

Your rebate check will arrive approximately 6 weeks after your pick up.

  • You must be a valid residential electric account holder of Eversource or United Illuminating.
  • Due to concerns regarding the transmission of COVID-19, contactless pickup is available. Customers are asked if the unit works over the phone. ARCA works with the customer to determine the best place for the customer to leave the unit - for example, garage, adjacent to garage, porch or patio. ARCA then picks up the unit from the agreed upon location. In-home pickup is also available. You may choose whichever option you are most comfortable with. 
  • Refrigerators and freezers must be in working condition and have an inside measurement between 10 and 30 cubic feet, which is the standard size for most units.
  • A maximum of two units per electric account per calendar year will be accepted.

If you are looking to purchase a new refrigerator or freezer, remember to look for the ENERGY STAR®

Visit the Appliance and Electronics page to learn more about energy-efficient appliances.

Smart-E Loans

 
Type
Home
 
Category
  • Appliances & Electronics
  • Financing
  • Gas Water Heating
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Hot Water
  • Insulation
  • Lighting
  • Renewable Energy

Now you can enjoy a whole home of energy efficiency. Upgrade your home’s efficiency & energy performance with a limited-time 1.99% Smart-E Loan with no money down and flexible terms. Realize more savings and comfort when bundling multiple home energy improvements. The more you do, the more you save.

Key Features

The Connecticut Green Bank – in partnership with Energize CT and select local lenders and contractors – offers long-term, low-interest financing to help you upgrade your home’s energy performance with no money down.

  • Unsecured personal loan (no lien is placed on the property)
  • Fixed monthly payments
  • No pre-payment penalty

Financing with rates as low as 1.99% (and even 0% for income-qualified homeowners) is available. See all rate information here.

Property requirements:

  • Property must be located in Connecticut
  • Property must be owner-occupied
  • Property must be a 1-4 unit residential building
  • Condominiums must be individually metered

From home performance and efficiency, to heating and cooling, to water heating and renewables, there are more than 40 eligible home energy upgrades that quality for Smart-E loans. Click here for a complete list of eligible improvements and efficiency criteria.

  1. Find a Contractor to discuss your energy improvements.
    If your contractor is not on the approved list, they should contact smarte@ctgreenbank.com for Smart-E training.

    Using multiple contractors? Select one to act as your general contractor. They will help facilitate this process for you.
     
  2. Select your home energy upgrade.
    Your contractor will work with you to be sure the improvements meet our eligibility requirements. 
     
  3. Get pre-approved by a participating lender.
    Apply directly with your selected lender before your contractor begins the project.
     
  4. Close your loan with your lender.
    Your lender will reach out to schedule a loan closing once the project is approved.

Learn how homeowners across Connecticut are improving their homes and lowering energy costs with Smart-E.

Smart-E Loans Myers

“What we’ve seen since we’ve converted is stability. The house is so much more comfortable now.”


– Myers family, natural gas conversion and heating equipment
 

About The Project

Location: Norwich, CT
Building Type: Ranch
Building Size: 1.428 sq ft
Year Built: 1960
Project: Converted to natural gas and upgraded to a high efficiency boiler
Total Project Cost: $8,318.09
Annual Energy Cost Savings: $1,200

 

Smart-E Loans Hemeon

 “Smart-E helps get you where you want to be, and where you want to be is self-sufficient with solar energy."

– Hemeon family, installed solar PV

 

 

About The Project

Location: Pomfret, CT
Building Type: Colonial
Building Size: 2,944 sq ft
Year Built: 1982
Project: 36 Solar Panels
Total Project Cost: $31,125
Estimated Annual Energy Cost Savings: $1,794
Estimated Solar Panel Energy Production:
9,763 kWh/year
Approximate Total Home Energy Usage:
11,835 kWh/year

Smart-E Loans Curran

“Applying for the loan was very easy; the application process was just a few pages; and the closing took no more than half an hour.”

– Curran family, installed solar PV

About The Project

Location: Waterbury, CT
Building Type: Split Ranch
Building Size: 2,600 sq ft
Year Built: 1979
Project: 26 Solar Panels
Total Project Cost: $35,000
Annual Energy Cost Savings: $1,353
Estimated Solar Panel Energy Production:
8,457 kWh/year
Approximate Total Home Energy Usage:
26,781 kWh/year
 

Smart-E Loans Kennedy

 “We are getting the most out of our money and it feels good to know that we are not over spending on energy.  We are excited about the improvements hold for our future.”


– Kennedy family, Conversion to Natural Gas, upgrade to a high efficiency boiler, asbestos remediation

About The Project

Location: Berlin, CT
Building Type: Dutch Colonial
Building Size: 3,698 sq ft
Year Built: 1800
Project: Conversion to Natural Gas, upgrade to a high efficiency boiler, asbestos remediation
Total Project Cost: $12,934.88
Estimated Annual Energy Cost Savings: $1,800

Smart-E Loans Watson

 “We were in the black from day one. As it turns out, the cost of the loan payment is less than what we’re saving in heating costs. Eventually, when the loan is paid off, it will be all profit."

– Jeff and Liliya Watson, switched to natural gas

About The Project

Location: Hamden, CT
Building Type: Ranch
Building Size: 1,589 sq ft
Year Built: 1956
Project: Conversion to Propane/ Natural Gas, upgrade to a high efficiency boiler
Total Project Cost: $11,750
Estimated Annual Energy Cost Savings: $1,200


 

 

 

 

Multifamily

 
Type
Home
 
Category
 
Incentive
Various Incentives Available
  • Appliances & Electronics
  • Energy Assessment (Audit)
  • Financing
  • Gas Water Heating
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Hot Water
  • Insulation
  • Lighting
  • Rebates

Reduce energy and operating costs and make the multifamily property you own or manage more comfortable and environmentally friendly with the Multifamily Initiative.

Key Features

This program provides customized solutions for multifamily buildings or complexes with five or more units, and includes:

  • Assistance with energy efficiency upgrade projects already planned
  • An assessment of your building's energy-saving opportunities
  • Resources to support in-depth assessment of a full range of strategies for further improvements including solar and other renewable energy, as well as health and safety measures
  • Incentives and financing for energy efficiency upgrades

Provide your contact information and any project information with this application. For energy efficiency projects, submit it to your electric utility company. For renewable energy and/or financing  projects only, submit your application to the Green Bank. If your application is for both energy efficiency and renewable energy or financing, submit it to both your electric utility and the Green Bank.

Eversource     UI     Connecticut Green Bank

At this point, if you already have an energy efficiency or renewable energy project, additionally submit any project proposal(s) and a completed Project Form to your electric utility company (for energy efficiency projects) and to the Connecticut Green Bank (for projects including renewable energy and/or financing). After we’ve helped you address this proposal, if you’d like to evaluate your property in a more holistic way, follow the steps below.

Need help designing your project?

Once you’ve completed Step 1 above, a utility or Green Bank representative (as appropriate) will contact you. A professional consultant or in-house representative is available to visit your property to identify the cost-effective energy improvement opportunities that make the most sense for your property. Technical and financial assistance is available through the Multifamily Initiative for a wide variety of design and predevelopment tasks, including: 

Potential Measures Assessed Technical & Financial Assistance Available
  • Air sealing
  • Domestic hot water saving measures
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Insulation
  • Windows
  • High-efficiency heating, ventilation or air conditioning
  • ENERGY STAR® appliances
  • High-efficiency water heating systems
  • Energy saving control strategies on building equipment
  • Solar PV and other renewable energy systems
  • Energy benchmarking
  • Green design and charrettes
  • Assessment of capital improvements 
    (including green physical needs assessments (PNAs))
  • Assessments of energy-related health and safety issues
  • Designing, engineering, and bidding work
  • Predevelopment loans
  • Financial packaging

Using the recommendations from the energy assessment and any technical assistance you select, design and price a comprehensive project that will maximize your energy savings, as well as the incentives and financing you will receive.

If your project qualifies based on your submitted proposals, plans, specifications, and pricing, you will receive a commitment of incentive dollars and, if requested, an offer for financing the balance of the project cost. You can also provide your own financing or explore one of these sources. After construction and required inspections are complete, incentives are paid.

It is recommended that owners track utility use and verify that equipment is working properly during the warranty period and beyond.

Existing properties of five or more residential units may be eligible for the Multifamily Initiative. 

The following types of properties are eligible:

  • Apartment buildings and complexes
  • Condominiums and co-operatives
  • Congregate and senior housing
  • Mixed-use residential and commercial properties

Questions? Contact your utility or the Connecticut Green Bank using a link below:

Eversource     UI     Connecticut Green Bank

If you are a Connecticut resident and are not served by one of the utilities listed above, please visit your municipal utility's website to see what energy efficiency programs are available to you. The Connecticut Green Bank provides renewable energy programs and financing to all Connecticut municipalities

 

Commercial Multifamily Properties

 
Type
Business
 
Category
  • Appliances & Electronics
  • Energy Assessment (Audit)
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Hot Water
  • Insulation
  • Lighting
  • Rebates

Reduce energy and operating costs and make the multifamily property you own or manage more comfortable and environmentally friendly with the Multifamily Initiative.

Key Features

This program provides customized solutions for multifamily buildings or complexes with five or more units, and includes:

  • Assistance with energy efficiency upgrade projects already planned
  • An assessment of your building's energy-saving opportunities
  • Resources to support in-depth assessment of a full range of strategies for further improvements including solar and other renewable energy, as well as health and safety measures
  • Incentives and financing for energy efficiency upgrades

Provide your contact information and any project information with this application. For energy efficiency projects, submit it to your electric utility company. For renewable energy and/or financing  projects only, submit your application to the Green Bank. If your application is for both energy efficiency and renewable energy or financing, submit it to both your electric utility and the Green Bank.

Eversource     UI     Connecticut Green Bank

At this point, if you already have an energy efficiency or renewable energy project, additionally submit any project proposal(s) and a completed Project Form to your electric utility company (for energy efficiency projects) and to the Connecticut Green Bank (for projects including renewable energy and/or financing). After we’ve helped you address this proposal, if you’d like to evaluate your property in a more holistic way, follow the steps below.

Need help designing your project?

Once you’ve completed Step 1 above, a utility or Green Bank representative (as appropriate) will contact you. A professional consultant or in-house representative is available to visit your property to identify the cost-effective energy improvement opportunities that make the most sense for your property. Technical and financial assistance is available through the Multifamily Initiative for a wide variety of design and predevelopment tasks, including: 

Potential Measures Assessed Technical & Financial Assistance Available
  • Air sealing
  • Domestic hot water saving measures
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Insulation
  • Windows
  • High-efficiency heating, ventilation or air conditioning
  • ENERGY STAR® appliances
  • High-efficiency water heating systems
  • Energy saving control strategies on building equipment
  • Solar PV and other renewable energy systems
  • Energy benchmarking
  • Green design and charrettes
  • Assessment of capital improvements 
    (including green physical needs assessments (PNAs))
  • Assessments of energy-related health and safety issues
  • Designing, engineering, and bidding work
  • Predevelopment loans
  • Financial packaging

Using the recommendations from the energy assessment and any technical assistance you select, design and price a comprehensive project that will maximize your energy savings, as well as the incentives and financing you will receive.

If your project qualifies based on your submitted proposals, plans, specifications, and pricing, you will receive a commitment of incentive dollars and, if requested, an offer for financing the balance of the project cost. You can also provide your own financing or explore one of these sources. After construction and required inspections are complete, incentives are paid.

It is recommended that owners track utility use and verify that equipment is working properly during the warranty period and beyond.

Existing properties of five or more residential units may be eligible for the Multifamily Initiative. 

The following types of properties are eligible:

  • Apartment buildings and complexes
  • Condominiums and co-operatives
  • Congregate and senior housing
  • Mixed-use residential and commercial properties

Questions? Contact your utility or the Connecticut Green Bank using a link below:

Eversource     UI     Connecticut Green Bank

If you are a Connecticut resident and are not served by one of the utilities listed above, please visit your municipal utility's website to see what energy efficiency programs are available to you. The Connecticut Green Bank provides renewable energy programs and financing to all Connecticut municipalities

 

ENERGY STAR ® Retail Products

 
Type
Home
 
Category
  • Appliances & Electronics
  • Rebates

Improve your home’s energy use and the planet when you buy ENERGY STAR®-certified products. Start saving right away with reduced pricing or rebates for qualifying products. 

Key Features

Energy efficient appliances made to fit the style of your home with modern designs and premium features

When you buy an appliance, there are two price tags: the price of the appliance and the cost of the energy (and sometimes water) to run it. Choosing energy-saving ENERGY STAR certified appliances can reduce those operating costs by 10 to 50 percent compared with standard models and even more compared with older models in your home.

The Energize Connecticut sponsors work with retailers and manufacturers to promote ENERGY STAR appliances. ENERGY STAR is a widely recognized and trusted label on products that meet strict energy efficiency requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. These products use less energy and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change without sacrificing performance or design.

You’ll find the ENERGY STAR label on more than 65 different kinds of products, including appliances. Look for refrigerators, freezers, room air conditioners, dishwashers, clothes washers and dehumidifiers that carry the ENERGY STAR. They’re made to fit the style of your home with modern designs and premium features.

Refrigerators/Freezers

Refrigerators are one of the biggest energy users in your home. ENERGY STAR-certified refrigerators are about 9-10 percent more energy efficient than standard models, and freezers are at least 10 percent more energy efficient.

Room Air Conditioners

ENERGY STAR certified room air conditioners are at least 10 percent more efficient than standard models. They often include timers for better temperature control, allowing you to use the minimum amount of energy you need to cool your room. By choosing an ENERGY STAR-certified model room air conditioner and using the energy-saving features, you make your home more comfortable and save energy and money.

Dishwashers

ENERGY STAR-certified dishwashers are 10 to 20 percent more energy efficient than standard models. They also minimize water use and water heating costs through innovative design features and controls.

Clothes Washers

The average American family washes about 300 loads of laundry each year. ENERGY STAR-certified clothes washers use about 20 percent less energy and 35 percent less water than regular washers. Available in front-load and top-load models, most have a greater tub capacity, which allows you to do fewer loads.

Dehumidifiers

Dehumidifiers reduce the amount of moisture in the air and help prevent mold, mildew and odor. An ENERGY STAR-certified dehumidifier is 15 percent more energy efficient than standard models.

The Energize Connecticut sponsors work with retailers throughout the state to make sure ENERGY STAR products are available to you. Look for the ENERGY STAR wherever you purchase appliances for energy savings. You can also learn more at the ENERGY STAR website.

Visit your utility provider’s energy marketplace below for more on ENERGY STAR products.

Eversource Search for the model that is right for you and redeem rebates for humidifiers and air purifiers. Purchase ENERGY STAR certified Wi-Fi smart thermostats and LEDs online and receive instant discounts.

United Illuminating Purchase energy-saving products including ENERGY STAR certified Wi-Fi smart thermostats and LEDs online and receive instant discounts.

Learn more about Wi-Fi smart thermostats.

Residential New Construction Program

 
Type
Home
 
Category
 
Rebate
Up to $7,000
  • Appliances & Electronics
  • Energy Assessment (Audit)
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Hot Water
  • Insulation
  • Lighting
  • New Construction or Major Renovation
  • Rebates

Make energy efficiency a priority from the beginning when you build a new home. Enjoy lower energy costs and greater comfort and have access to incentives for building to high performance standards.

Key Features

If you’re planning to build a new home, you have a great opportunity to minimize energy costs, maximize comfort and do your part for a clean energy future. You can be a leader in the energy- efficient technology revolution and have a profound impact on how we use energy today and in the future.

Better for You and the Planet

Designing and building your home with the latest energy-efficient technologies does a lot more than save energy. It gives you greater comfort and convenience and healthier indoor environments that add up to enhanced value.

And don’t forget the bigger picture – the environmental benefit. Building a high-performance home gives you the satisfaction of doing your part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and live more sustainably.

Let Us Be Your Guide

The Residential New Construction program helps you, your architect and your builder, design and construct a home that is a model of energy efficiency. The program provides:

  • Expert guidance from energy specialists  Home Energy Rating Systems (HERS) Raters – who help you tap into energy-efficient home certifications, high-efficiency equipment, high-performance building practices and the latest material options. See the section below for more information about HERS.
  • Your Certified HERS Rater works with your building team throughout the construction process. Based on your new home’s final HERS index you may qualify for a rebate of $1,500 to $7,000 or more!

You can consider the rebates as a kind of housewarming gift to you for reducing your new home’s carbon footprint!

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information. 

It is easier than you may think to build an energy efficient home – and we will be with you every step of the way. Getting started is the easiest.  Just give us a call.  In just a few more steps you will have a rebate check in hand. Easy!

Who is Eligible? Residential customers building a new home or gut rehab that will receive electric or gas service from Eversource, UI, CNG or SCG may qualify for this program. Single-family and multi-family projects are eligible. Because new construction rebates require an insulation and thermal bypass inspection, applications MUST be submitted before your home is insulated in order to be eligible.

While you are still in the planning stage, contact the Program Administrator shown below to connect with the proper program. Your builder or your Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater can make the call for you if you prefer.


UI Customers Eversource Customers
Program Administrator Program Administrator
Call 877-WISE-USE Nicholas Jones
(877) 947-3873 (860) 665-5825
ui.wiseuse@uinet.com nicholas.jones@eversource.com 

Contact a HERS rater during the planning stages. The rater will review your plans and provide you with a pre-construction HERS Index score. Working with your architect or builder, they will identify energy-efficient improvements needed.

Click here for a list of participating Connecticut HERS raters.

Once you have hired a HERS Rater, they will review your plans with you and your team, explain the program and discuss how to maximize the use of energy-efficient technologies that make sense for your home, your goals and your lifestyle. Your HERS Rater will also explain the benefits – including rebates* – and the steps to earn additional certifications. (See the section below for more information about HERS.)

Homes that receive a HERS Index score within the required threshold*, can receive incentives through by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund. Home that meet the requirements of the program typically show they are at least 25 percent more efficient than a typical home. Single-family home incentives range up to $7,000, depending on HERS Index scores.

Your HERS Rater or the utility Program Administrator will also work with you to identify additional financial incentives and rebates available through other state or federal programs - including any federal tax credits. Plus, we can help you to connect to the green building community.

At this point, you should also review the Requirements and Submission Checklist as well as the EV Ready and PV Ready program checklist with your HERS rater.

* See the project application for all terms and conditions that may apply.

The program offers multiple whole-home certifications, including ENERGY STAR®, LEED for Homes, DOE Zero Energy Ready Home, or National Green Building Standard® requirements and you may qualify for an additional rebate. You might also want to enter your home in the CT Zero Energy Home Challenge. (See the Bonus Rebate section below for information about each of these programs.)

You, your building team and your HERS rater will review your construction plans. Based on what you intend to build the HERS rater will prepare a pre-construction HERS Index. Once you have this index our energy experts can help you complete the program application, which will include your pre-construction HERS Index score and estimated incentive.


Download the application now. Be sure to read all of the instructions, rules and terms and conditions very carefully to avoid processing delays. New construction rebates require an insulation and thermal bypass inspection, so applications MUST be submitted before the home is insulated to be eligible. The ideal time to submit your application is before construction starts.

Your HERS rater will conduct insulation and thermal bypass inspections at various stages of construction. On-site tests typically include a blower door test to measure air tightness and a duct test to measure air flow through the ducts. The test results, along with information from the plan review, help determine your home’s final HERS Index score. Inspections must be conducted prior to drywall installation and after construction is complete.

When your home is completed and you have the final HERS Index score, your HERS Rater will submit the completed application and testing documentation to the Utility Program Administrator. This is a good time to also review the Requirements and Submission Checklist again with your HERS rater Refer.

Once the program administrator reviews and approves, a rebate check will be sent to you – the (new!) homeowner.

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information. 

Residential customers building a new home or gut rehab that will receive electric or gas service from Eversource, UI, CNG or SCG may qualify for this program. Single-family and multi-family projects are eligible. Because new construction rebates require an insulation and thermal bypass inspection, applications MUST be submitted before your home is insulated in order to be eligible.

Getting the process started is easy. While you are still in the planning stage, just contact your utility program administrator:

 

UI Customers Eversource Customers
Program Administrator Program Administrator
Call 877-WISE-USE Nicholas Jones
(877) 947-3873 (860) 665-5825
ui.wiseuse@uinet.com nicholas.jones@eversource.com

If you are a Connecticut resident and are not served by one of the utilities listed above, please visit your municipal utility's website to see what energy efficiency programs are available to you.

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information. 

About Home Energy Ratings and the HERS Index

The Connecticut building code requires that all new homes meet a minimum level of energy efficiency.  Most new home buyers expect more than this minimum and most new home builders claim their homes are energy efficient.   But without an objective, third-party measurement of energy efficiency there is no way for you to make informed comparisons between homes and between builders’ claims.

A Home Energy Rating (HER) solves this problem by assigning a numerical rating, called the HERS Index, to a home. The HERS index is the industry standard used to measure the energy efficiency of a newly constructed home. It’s also the nationally recognized system for inspecting, calculating and estimating a home’s energy performance.

The HERS index is determined by the Home Energy Rater, who assesses the energy efficiency of a home, assigning it a relative performance score. The lower the score, the more efficient the home or dwelling unit. A typical resale home scores around 130 on the HERS index (on average), while a standard home, built to energy code, scores around 100. Every point below 100 on the HERS index, translates to roughly 1% energy savings compared to a code built home.

 

The scale to the right shows the range of HERS indexes you might encounter when you buy a home. Older, less efficient homes have HERS Indexes over 100. The US Department of Energy estimates that a typical resale home has a HERS index of about 130. Some drafty, poorly insulated homes may have indexes as high as 200! Newer or energy-retrofitted homes have indexes under 100.

All new Connecticut homes should have a HERS Index below 100 since the State adopted higher energy efficiency standards in 2011. A home built to the current building code standard should have a HERS Index close to 85. However many new homes are built to be much more energy efficient and achieve HERS Indexes below 60.

A few new homes achieve HERS Indexes close to zero.  These homes produce as much energy as they use by combining high-performance insulation and mechanical systems with renewable energy systems.  If you are interested in constructing a Zero Energy Home, contact your utility Program Administrator or visit our CT Zero Energy Challenge page

HERS ratings are determined by trained Home Energy Raters who are certified by RESNET (www.resnet.us), a national, non-profit organization that oversees the standards for Rater certification, quality assurance and the calculation of home energy ratings.

Certified HERS Raters use energy modeling software to determine the home’s HERS Index. The energy models use information collected by the Rater from on-site inspections of the home during construction, from testing the air-sealing of the building and its duct systems, from building plans and from independent reports of the efficiency of the installed heating, cooling, water heating, ventilation and on-site generation systems.

To learn more about HERS visit the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET). Use their interactive HERs Index model to see the impact on savings, carbon footprint and comfort from making your home more energy efficient.

Make your home standout and earn a bonus rebate

Build your home to ENERGY STAR®, LEED for Homes, DOE Zero Energy Ready Home, or National Green Building Standard® requirements and you may qualify for an additional rebate. You might also want to enter your home in the CT Zero Energy Challenge or consider building your home to meet the All Electric Home standards.

Read more below about how each of these national programs might be the right fit for you and your new home.

ENERGY STAR® Homes
You may have heard your neighbors or your builder talk about ENERGY STAR homes. ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Products such as light bulbs, fixtures and appliances can earn the ENERGY STAR rating if they meet certain energy-efficiency standards. New homes can also earn an ENERGY STAR rating. Through our Residential New Construction program your home may also qualify for an ENERGY STAR rating and an additional incentive. To learn more, visit the ENERGY STAR website.
LEED for Homes
This voluntary rating system promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes and multifamily buildings.  LEED-certified homes are designed to maximize fresh air indoors, minimize exposure to airborne toxins and pollutants, and to save energy and water.  Your project team must work with a designated LEED for Homes Green Rater (as classified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), and a project registration must be completed.  Certified LEED home may qualify for an additional incentive through our Residential New Construction program. Find out more about the certification process at the U.S. Green Buildings Council’s website.
DOE Zero Energy Ready Home
U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Zero Energy Ready Home fosters a new level of home performance. Rigorous requirements ensure outstanding levels of energy savings, comfort, health, and durability. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home are constructed to outperform both an ENERGY STAR V3 certified home and an existing home in six major categories:
  • Comfort/Quiet
  • Healthy Environment
  • Enhanced Durability
  • Advanced Technology
  • Quality Construction
  • Energy Efficiency

Certified DOE Zero Energy Ready Home may qualify for an additional incentive through our Residential New Construction program. Find out more about the certification process at the U.S. DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website.

ICC 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS)®
The National Green Building Standard is the leading green rating system for new and remodeled single- and multifamily buildings as well as residential subdivisions in the United States.  The NGBS is the first and only such residential green rating system to have earned the approval of the American National Standards Institute.

Green building, also known as high-performance building or sustainable construction, incorporates environmental considerations and resource efficiency into every step of the home building and land development process with the goal to minimize the home's environmental impact.  Choosing green means making intentional decisions in your homes construction about:

  • Energy-efficiency
  • Water conservation
  • Resource conservation
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • Site design

Certified NGBS homes may qualify for an additional incentive through our Residential New Construction program. Find out more about the certification process at the Home Innovation Research Labs website.

CT Zero Energy Home Challenge
 Singer Estate Model Home Receives Award from Derby Mayor
Derby Mayor Anita Dugatto presents a 2013 Challenge Award to Brookside Development. The Singer Estate high efficiency model home was designed and built to fit into the current estate property featuring a large, stone home.
If you participate in the Residential New Construction program, consider entering the CT Zero Energy Challenge. The challenge is a design-build competition that awards cash prizes to winners and demonstrates how to build super-high-efficiency homes.

Participating homes demonstrate that it’s possible to build near zero energy homes today, while representing the technologies and techniques it takes to get there. A zero net energy home is designed to exceed minimum code standards and may also produce some of its own energy, using no more energy than it produces on-site. All homes entered in the CT Zero Energy Challenge must participate in the Residential New Construction program. Learn more about the CT Zero Energy Challenge

Did you know you might be able to take advantage of federal income tax incentives for Solar Energy Systems? Congress first passed the incentives in 2005 as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and has amended them several times since then.

Current incentives* expire December 31, 2021. Find out more at ENERGY STAR®.

You should contact a tax professional with questions specific to your situation.

*All other ENERGY STAR federal tax credits expired at the end of 2016.

See how the sponsors of Energize Connecticut helped Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity build thier first Zero Energy Ready home, which won a Grand Prize from the U.S. Department of Energy Housing Innovation Awards.

Overall Winner and Lowest HERS Index and Lowest HERS Index before Renewables, Best Overall Envelope (Tied) Winner

Project: Michael Debari Residence, Preston, Conn.

Builder: Nick Lehto of Lehto Design Build, Danielson, Conn.

HERS Index
Code-Built Home100
Before Renewables37
With Renewables-14

““Sustainability, country living aesthetics, and a place where our blended family of eight could call home were deciding factors in building our new home in Preston,” said Michael Debari. “Working with Eversource and Nick Lehto’s team was a true partnership. After six years, we are excited to have this dream become a reality.”

Home Energy Solutions - Income Eligible

 
Type
Home
 
Category
  • Appliances & Electronics
  • DOE Home Energy Score
  • Energy Assessment (Audit)
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Help for Income Eligible
  • Hot Water
  • Insulation
  • Lighting
  • Rebates
Energy assessment (audit), no-cost energy upgrades for income-qualified homeowners and renters.

Key Features

In-home services have resumed with health and safety guidelines in place.

Please visit our Energize CT COVID-19 Energy Efficiency Program Update page for more information and frequently asked questions or visit:

Virtual pre-assessment to Home Energy Solutions is now being offered as a safe, convenient first step for you to make energy-saving improvements. This pre-assessment is available through live, virtual discussions with a technician at no cost. Connect with us to learn more about how we can help you reduce your energy costs.

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.

Six Steps to Take Smart Energy Action

Check the “Who is Eligible” section below to see if you qualify for this no-cost program.

Submit an application to your local utility online, by phone or by mail. To apply:

  • Online, click the link of your utility provider:

Eversource     UI     CNG     SCG

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.

Your utility will review your application. If you qualify, they will assign an authorized contractor or your CAP agency will contact you and ask you to provide them with your name, address and contact information. If you do not qualify, the utility will contact you and suggest other programs that might help you.

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:
     
    • Insulation
       
    • 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.

One of the additional energy saving measures may be an ENERGY STAR certified Heat Pump Water Heater. Learn more about Heat Pump Water Heaters.

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?

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 2019-2020 Fuel Season
Yearly Income Limits All Household Members)

Family Size Maximum Annual Income
1 Under $37,644.67
2 Under $49,227.64
3 Under $60,810.62
4 Under $72,393.60
5 Under $83,976.57
6 Under $95,559.55
7 Under $97,731.36
8 Under $99,903.16

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:

Eversource     UI     CNG     SCG

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 36 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 in Home Energy Solutions - Core Services for a co-pay.

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

WE ALSO OFFER TWO SIMILIAR PROGRAMS:
Home Energy Solutions - Core Services

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. Home Energy Solutions offers on-the-spot services to homeowners and renters for immediate savings. For a limited time, Home Energy Solutions is available to eligible customers at no-cost. You may also receive up to 100% off approved insulation projects recommended during your visit. We empower you with recommendations and resources for deeper savings, too. Learn more about this program.

Multi-family
The multi-family building (5+ units) you live in or own may be eligible for energy-efficiency upgrades through more than one program. This one-stop program brings them all to your door, making it easy for you to save energy. Learn more about this program.

Home Performance with ENERGY STARENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to the ENERGY STAR program for guidance on saving energy, saving money, and protecting the environment. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR is a systematic approach to improving energy efficiency and comfort in homes, while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

Join the millions already making a difference at energystar.gov.

 

If you are struggling to pay your monthly energy bill, Eversource and UI offer programs to help. You can learn more about these programs on your utility website: Eversource  UI

Home Energy Solutions - Core Services

 
Type
Home
 
Category
 
Rebate
Up to $7500
  • Appliances & Electronics
  • DOE Home Energy Score
  • Energy Assessment (Audit)
  • Financing
  • Gas Water Heating
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Hot Water
  • Insulation
  • Lighting
  • Rebates

Key Features

In-home services have resumed with health and safety guidelines in place.

Please visit our Energize CT COVID-19 Energy Efficiency Program Update page for more information and frequently asked questions or visit:

Virtual pre-assessment to Home Energy Solutions is now being offered as a safe, convenient first step for you to make energy-saving improvements. This pre-assessment is available through live, virtual discussions with a technician at no cost. Connect with us to learn more about how we can help you reduce your energy costs.

Do you ever wonder how much energy you lose through leaky doors, windows and ductwork? Do you suspect that your insulation isn’t making the grade? What about your major appliances? Wouldn’t it be great if you could have an expert give your home an energy checkup - and do some of the work right then and there? You can.

In one easy visit, utility-approved technicians will evaluate your home’s energy performance and install basic weatherization and energy-saving measures such as sealing air leaks and installing energy-efficient lighting, faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads. The average home in Connecticut receives about $1,000 in services and realizes $200-$250 in savings on their annual energy bills. Additionally, the technicians will provide written recommendations for deeper energy-saving measures such as Wi-Fi thermostats, insulation, high-efficiency heating and cooling, water heating, windows and appliances. To help you in making smart energy choices, your recommendations will include information on rebates and financing along with payback and investment information specific to your home. 

Check out our video to see what happens during a typical energy assessment (audit). Read more below to find out how to get started and if your home qualifies.

Steps to Take to Smart Energy Action

ONLINE: Visit your utility provider's website below:

Eversource     UI     CNG     SCG

PHONE: Call 1-877-WISE-USE.

AUTHORIZED CONTRACTOR: use the Find-a-Contractor tool to locate a contractor in your area.

A local utility-authorized contractor will contact you to schedule your service with their HES-approved technicians. (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 technicians perform a blower-door test to pinpoint drafts and air leaks, then seal critical air leaks.
     
  • If you have forced hot air or central air conditioning, the technicians test your ductwork to assess airflow within the ductwork system and seal significant leaks.
     
  • Hot water-saving measures including low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators may be installed.
     
  • Energy-efficient light bulbs may be installed (subject to program caps).
     
  • The visit ends with a kitchen table wrap-up. The technicians review the work done in your home and tell you about deeper energy saving measures that can help you save even more energy and money. They will also go over financing options to help you make the energy efficiency upgrades. During this wrap-up, they will provide you with:
     
    • An easy-to-read Home Energy Solutions workbook, which shows what areas in your home were addressed during the visit, the results of the blower-door test, 101 easy ways to save energy and other information resources and forms specific to your home.
       
    • Payback and investment information for deeper energy saving measures, such as insulation, high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, water heaters, ENERGY STAR-certified windows and appliances.
       
    • Information about rebates.

Now that you have your Home Energy Solutions workbook, it is up to you to take the next step toward saving more energy. Decide what you can do on your own and what you may need to hire a contractor for. The sooner you take action, the sooner you’ll see savings!

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information.

During your Home Energy Solutions kitchen table wrap-up, the HES-technician will provide you with rebate information based on their recommendations for your home. Rebates may include the following:  

  • Up to $1.70 per square foot on approved insulation projects recommended during your visit.
  • Up to $200 for qualifying central air conditioning systems
  • Up to $50 for replacement of certain inefficient appliances with qualifying energy-efficient models
  • Up to $650 for replacement of inefficient gas furnaces with qualifying gas furnaces
  • Up to $750 for replacement of inefficient gas boilers with qualifying gas boilers
  • $50 for replacement of each single pane window with a qualifying ENERGY STAR double pane window
  • Air Source Heat Pumps:
    • up to $15,000 per home for qualifying Air Source Heat Pumps for existing electric heated homes (ONLY with a Home Energy Solutions visit)*
    • up to $15,000 per home for qualifying Air Source Heat Pumps for existing oil or propane heated homes (ONLY with participation in the heat Pump Pilot)*
    • up to $1,500 per home for qualified integrated controls for Air Source Heat Pumps
  • Ground Source Heat Pumps:
    • up to $7,500 per home for qualifying Ground Source Heat Pumps for existing electric or natural gas heated homes
    • up to $15,000 per home for qualifying Ground Source Heat Pumps for existing oil or propane heated homes

*Please note: this solution is very popular, may have a waiting list and is subject to available funding.

All residential customers of Eversource, UI, CNG, and SCG are eligible for this program. Applying is easy. Just complete the application form online (if you own the home) found on your local electric or gas company’s website or mail in a completed form:

Eversource     UI     CNG     SCG

If you rent the home, you will need to obtain your landlord’s approval.

If your family’s combined gross annual income is below the state’s 60 percent income median, you may qualify for our HES - Income-Eligible (HES-IE) program, which provides free services to qualified customers.

The program is ideally suited for one- to four-family homes. If you live in a 5+-unit apartment building, our Multi-family Initiative may be better suited for you – and your neighbors.

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.

 

Programs for Income-Eligible Customers and Multi-Family Properties

Home Energy Solutions - Income-Eligible (HES-IE)

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 (HES-IE) program. The co-pay fee is waived and you may receive additional energy-saving services at no cost. Learn more and to see if you qualify.

Multifamily

The multi-family building (5+ units) you live in or own may be eligible for energy-efficiency upgrades through more than one program. This one-stop program brings them all to your door, making it easy for you to save energy. Learn more about this program.

 

Not Sure if an In-Home Visit is Right for You? Take a No-Cost Online Assessent

EVERSOURCE CUSTOMERS

 

UI CUSTOMERS

 

Home Performance with ENERGY STARENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to the ENERGY STAR program for guidance on saving energy, saving money, and protecting the environment. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR is a systematic approach to improving energy efficiency and comfort in homes, while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

Join the millions already making a difference at energystar.gov.

Similar to the miles per gallon (MPG) rating on your car, the Home Energy Score is a way to see how much energy your home uses compared to others and guide your home improvement decisions. Administered by the U.S. Department of Energy, this score is available to Home Energy Solutions program participants. You may opt-in at the start of your scheduled Home Energy Solutions visit.

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