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Demand Response

 
Type
Business
 
Category
  • Gas Water Heating
  • Heating & Cooling
  • New Construction or Major Renovation
  • Process Equipment
  • Sustainability

Get paid to help reduce strain on the grid and keep carbon emissions and energy costs low for everyone.

Key Features

Demand response helps relieve strain on the electrical grid by telling participating customers to reduce their energy use at times of peak demand. This extends the life of grid infrastructure and reduces the need for replacements and repairs, keeping energy costs low. Times of peak demand are also when carbon emissions are highest because they require additional power generation from dirtier fuels. By participating in demand response, your business can earn incentives for helping reduce carbon emissions and keep energy costs low. 

Step 1

Get started by learning more about ways to participate and incentives offered by your utility:

Eversource ConnectedSolutions

Step 2

Once enrolled, your utility will send out notifications when a peak demand event is expected. All you have to do is reduce your energy use during that period. This can be done manually by doing things like shutting off lights or shifting processes, automatically through a building management system, controlled device, or discharging storage such as a battery, or with the help of a curtailment service provider. Contact Eversource for more information on eligible participation strategies.

Step 3

At the end of the season, in most cases summer or winter, your utility will calculate your incentive, often based on how much you reduced your energy use during events, and sends you a check.

Commercial, industrial or municipal customers of all sizes are eligible to participate.

For more information or other questions contact your utility below:

Eversource

Demand Response

 
Type
Home
 
Category
 
Incentive
Up to $300
  • Gas Water Heating
  • Heating & Cooling
  • New Construction or Major Renovation
  • Process Equipment
  • Sustainability

Smart energy use is not just about how much you use, but when you use it. You could earn rewards for using your smart devices to help lower peak demand, which reduces strain on the grid and keeps carbon emissions and energy costs low for everyone.

Key Features

Demand response helps relieve strain on the electrical grid by making small adjustments to Wi-Fi connected devices to reduce energy use during times of peak demand. These adjustments have little to no impact on comfort, but by bringing together the power of thousands of devices we can make a big difference.

Lowering demand helps extend the life of grid infrastructure and reduces the need for replacements and repairs, keeping energy costs low. Times of peak demand are also when carbon emissions are highest because they require additional power generation from dirtier fuels. By enrolling your eligible Wi-Fi connected devices, you can earn incentives for helping reduce carbon emissions and keep energy costs low for everyone.

Step 1

Get started by learning more about ways to participate and incentives offered by your utility:

Eversource ConnectedSolutions

Step 2

Once enrolled, your utility will send out notifications when a peak demand event is expected. All you have to do is reduce your energy use during that period. This can be done manually by doing things like shutting off lights or shifting processes, automatically through a building management system, controlled device, or discharging storage such as a battery, or with the help of a curtailment service provider. Contact Eversource for more information on eligible participation strategies.

Step 3

At the end of the season, in most cases summer or winter, your utility will calculate your incentive, often based on how much you reduced your energy use during events, and sends you a check.

Residential electric customers in Connecticut with eligible devices are eligible to participate.

For more information or questions contact your utility:

Eversource

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

 

High-Efficiency Natural Gas Water Heater Instant Discounts

 
Type
Home
 
Category
 
Instant Discount
Up to $300
  • Gas Water Heating
  • Hot Water
  • Rebates

Say goodbye to your tank water heater. Install an ENERGY STAR®-certified high-efficiency natural gas-fired tankless water heater and enjoy hot water on demand, energy savings and an instant discount up to $300.

Key Features

You don't use hot water 24 hours a day. Yet a standard tank-type water heater consumes energy around the clock to keep the water in its tank hot.

ENERGY STAR-certified natural gas tankless water heaters give you hot water when you need it, without an energy-consuming storage tank. Using a tankless water heater can trim your water heating costs up to 30 percent. You’ll also enjoy these benefits:

  • Continuous hot water – Tankless water heaters provide a continuous flow of hot water, on demand. That means you don’t have to suffer through a cold shower if you're the last one in line. Unlike a conventional tank-type water heater, hot water is always there when you need it.
     
  • Space-saving design – A qualified tankless model saves you an extra closet's worth of space compared to a tank-type water heater. Gas tankless water heaters are small and wall-mounted, unlike bulky tank-type water heaters.
     
  • Fewer worries – Tankless water heaters typically last 20 years, much longer than any conventional tank-type water heater. And because it’s tankless, you don’t have to worry about tank leaks and water damage.

Going tankless is more affordable with an instant discount up to $300. It’s available if you install an ENERGY STAR-certified tankless natural gas water heater with electric ignition. Whether you’re replacing an old water heater or installing one in a new home, you'll save money up front.

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. By using less energy, these products also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Learn more at the ENERGY STAR website.

Go tankless today and enjoy hot water and savings you can count on.

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

Step 1 - Talk with your plumbing contractor to decide which ENERGY STAR-certified unit works best for you.

Step 2 - Your plumbing contractor can find details on qualifying units* and approval requirements at participating equipment distributor locations or refer to your utility’s website.

CNG     SCG     Eversource

Step 3 - Have your qualifying unit installed. Simple!

*Instant Distributor Discounts: HVAC equipment distributors automatically apply our instant discount to the price they charge your contractor for qualified equipment.  Multiple instant discounts for the same unit (equipment serial number) will not be accepted. Your installer should pass this instant discount along to you through a lower equipment installation cost.

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

Residential customers of CNG, SCG or Eversource can participate.

Eligible Equipment

Instant discounts* are available for:

  • ENERGY STAR-certified Natural Gas Tankless Water Heater with Electric Ignition. Units must have an EF1 of .94 or greater.
  • ENERGY STAR-certified Natural Gas Condensing storage water heater. Units must have a Thermal Efficiency of 0.95 or greater. 

EF - Energy Factor.

Funding for this instant discount program is limited to the period indicated or while funds last.

Finding ENERGY STAR-certified units is easy. Just talk to your plumber or look for the ENERGY STAR label. Qualifying units are available through local plumbing distributor supply stores.

*Instant Distributor Discounts:  HVAC equipment distributors can now automatically apply the Energize CT instant discount to the price they charge your contractor for qualified equipment. Multiple instant discounts for the same unit (equipment serial number) will not be accepted.

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.  

We have instant discounts for the following hot water heater:

  • A $300 instant discount for ENERGY STAR-certified Condensing Storage Tanks with a Thermal Efficiency of 0.95 or greater

High efficiency models have better insulation, heat traps, and more efficient burners than standard models. Improvements that have a modest impact on price but increase efficiency by about 7.5%.

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

Plumbing Contractors:  Offer your customers high efficiency water heating equipment at a reduced cost without the hassle of a rebate form.

The electric and gas utilities have partnered with many Connecticut equipment distributors to offer an instant discount at your point of purchase.  Help your customers make the decision to switch to high efficiency equipment by offering it at pricing comparable to standard equipment. 

When you purchase eligible equipment from a participating distributor, the instant discount amount has already been deducted from your purchase cost.  The distributor will request some information from you including the name and address of the customer and their housing type.

Now, you have the opportunity to offer your customer the equipment at a lower price because the instant discount is already applied.  You saved your customer the hassle of completing and mailing a rebate form and provided them with superior, energy-saving equipment.

All Eversource, UI, CNG, and SCG customers are eligible for rebates, but only licensed contractors may purchase equipment with the instant discount applied at the distributor. 

Below is a list of the types of water heating equipment included.  

Equipment Type Minimum Efficiency for Instant Discount Instant Discount $/Unit
ENERGY STAR certified Natural Gas Tankless Water Heater Greater than or equal to .94 EF with Electronic Ignition $300 
ENERGY STAR certified Natural Gas Standalone Condensing Water Heater Greater than or equal to .95 TE² $300 

1 UEF– Uniform Energy Factor
2 TE – Thermal Efficiency

Natural Gas Water Heating Rebate

 
Type
Business
 
Category
  • Gas Water Heating
  • New Construction or Major Renovation
  • Process Equipment
  • Rebates

With efficiencies of up to 85 percent or more, installing high-efficiency natural gas water heating equipment is a smart way for businesses to save gas and cut energy costs. Rebates let you enjoy the energy-saving benefits without paying a premium price.

Key Features

When it comes to high-efficiency natural gas water heating equipment, you have two great choices. A high-efficiency domestic storage unit provides better insulation, heat traps and more efficient burners than traditional models. An on-demand (tankless) domestic water heater provides hot water when you need it without the use of a storage tank. Both are capable of reaching thermal efficiencies of 85 percent or more.

With an on-demand, or tankless water heater, the gas burner is activated by the flow of water whenever a hot water faucet is turned on. The water heater delivers a constant supply of hot water until the faucet is turned off. No water is stored, so standby heat losses are low. These water heaters can be installed centrally or at the point of use.

Commercial water heaters can consume a considerable amount of energy, accounting for about 16 percent of the total energy load in food service and health care facilities and more than 30 percent in hotels. Upgrading to a higher-efficiency water heater can result in recognizable energy savings.

The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund enables you to install high-performance natural gas water heating equipment without a premium price. Rebates for qualifying equipment make it affordable to save energy and improve comfort and performance. Whether you’re replacing old equipment or installing it in new construction, you'll save money up front.

Call 1-844-342-4575 with rebate questions or for more information. 

Steps to Take Smart Energy Action

Getting started is easy.

Step 1 -

Work with your HVAC contractor to install a qualifying energy-efficient unit that works best for you. Refer to the rebate application website for details on qualifying units and pre-approval requirements. Pre-approval before installation from your participating utility will be required if the rebate total is greater than $7,500.

Step 2 -

We encourage you to apply online - the quickest way to obtain your rebate!

Click the link to your natural gas utility below:

CNG      SCG    Eversource

 

For mail-in rebates, submit your rebate application with required documentation. Rebates are per-unit fixed amounts paid directly to customers.

Rebates are available to industrial, commercial and institutional customers on firm gas rates. Equipment must be installed in the service territory of CNG, SCG or Eversource.

Eligible systems are commercial and industrial high-efficiency gas heating equipment. Steam boilers are not eligible. Used or rebuilt equipment is not eligible.

Starting the process is easy. Click the link to your utility below:

CNG (via UI)      SCG (via UI)     Eversource

If you are a Connecticut business 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 1-844-342-4575 with rebate questions or for more information. 

Small Business Energy Advantage

 
Type
Business
 
Category
 
Incentive
Up to 50% of Install Cost
  • Building Controls/Energy Mgmt.
  • Drives, Refrig. Controls, Timers & ECMs
  • Energy Assessment (Audit)
  • Financing
  • Gas Water Heating
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Insulation
  • Lighting
  • Rebates

A utility-authorized contractor performs a no-cost, no-obligation energy assessment (audit) of your facility and then manages the installation of the energy-saving improvements. This one-stop service, combined with our incentives and zero-interest, on-bill payment plans, allows you to get started right away.

Key Features

The Companies continue to work in coordination with public health experts and officials and members of the contractor community to discuss how contractors can resume services as quickly and safely as possible. We must continue to make safety the highest priority.

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

A Virtual Pre-Assessment for Small Businesses 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 contractor at no cost. Connect with us to learn more about how we can help you reduce your energy costs.

If you’re like many small commercial and industrial customers, you do not have the time, financial resources or in-house expertise necessary to analyze and reduce your energy usage. We can help. Our utility-authorized contractors will come to your business and perform a no-cost, no-obligation audit of your facility that includes lighting, HVAC and refrigeration systems. You’ll receive a customized recommendation that shows you how much energy and money you could save by upgrading to energy-efficient equipment. The contractor manages the whole installation process for you. And with our incentives and low-interest on-bill payment plans, you won’t have to worry about cash flow. It couldn’t be easier to save money. Just pick up the phone and call. That’s all you need to do.

Features:

  • Free energy assessment
  • Comprehensive proposal includes all eligible energy efficiency measures, complete with material and installation costs and estimated savings
  • You decide what improvements make sense for you; there’s no obligation to install  
  • No upfront costs for installed upgrades
  • Incentives up to 50 percent of the installed cost
  • Zero-interest and low-cost financing * (payable on your monthly electric bill, so you only have one monthly payment)
  • One-year warranty on contractors’ parts and labor

*Must qualify for financing. Zero-interest financing available to qualified customers.

Don’t wait - call today to start saving. Your investment will deliver energy cost savings, year after year.

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

Steps to Take Smart Energy Action

Step 1 -

Schedule your no obligation energy assessment with a Small Business Energy Advantage (SBEA) program-authorized contractor. These licensed professionals have been selected by your utility, work throughout the state and are fully trained in how the program works. 

Getting started is easy. Call our toll-free number, contact a program-authorized contractor, or contact your utility provider:

  • Call 1-877-WISE-USE.
     
  • Click Find-A-Professional to locate a SBEA program-authorized contractor.
     
  • Click the link of your utility provider: Eversource     UI

Step 2 - 

Once your utility determines that you are eligible for the program, the SBEA-authorized contractor calls you to schedule a visit.

Step 3 -

During the visit, the contractor conducts an energy assessment of your facility free of charge. Your utility reviews the assessment and, if approved, the contractor presents you with a proposal. The comprehensive proposal includes energy-saving improvements that make sense for your business, complete installation costs and estimated energy savings, along with the incentives that you qualify for and your financing options.

Step 4 -

After the paperwork is signed, your project can get started - in some cases within 30 days. SBEA program incentives offset a portion of the cost of qualifying measures.

Step 5 -

Interest-free financing for the balance of the project is available for qualified customers. The financed amount will appear on your monthly electric bill, allowing you to make just one monthly payment for both your SBEA loan and your electric bill.

Financial incentives help get your project completed the right way, the first time. The energy-saving benefits will continue, year after year.

Examples of typical energy-efficient upgrades include:

Lighting – interior/exterior
  • High-performance lighting
  • Induction and LED lighting
  • Occupancy sensors
  • Photocells
Heating/ventilation/air conditioning
  • Energy-efficient equipment upgrades
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Energy management systems
Refrigeration
  • Anti-condensation door heater controls
  • Evaporator fan controls
  • Night covers
  • Electronically commutated motors
  • Energy-efficient kitchen equipment
Natural gas-saving equipment
  • Spray nozzles
  • Showerheads
  • Aerators
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Pipe and duct insulation
  • Energy management systems
  • Indoor boiler reset controls
  • Heating equipment
  • Water heating equipment
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Infrared space heaters
  • Envelope measures
Other improvements
  • Air compressors
  • Variable frequency drives
  • Premium-efficiency motors
  • Custom measures

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

Commercial and industrial Eversource and UI customers with an average 12-month peak demand between 10 and 200kW. For natural gas measures, must be a firm customer of CNG, SCG or Eversource.

Many types of small businesses can benefit:

  • Restaurants
  • Car washes
  • Churches/synagogues/meeting centers
  • Bed and breakfasts
  • Private buildings: libraries, museums and more
  • Retail stores
  • Office settings: insurance and real estate brokers, law offices, accounting firms, etc.
  • Grocery and convenience stores
  • Gas stations

Starting the process is easy. Just contact one of the SBEA contractors listed on your utility’s website or call 877-WISE-USE to start the process. Click the link to your utility below:

Eversource     UI  

If you are a Connecticut business 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. 

Thousands of Connecticut small business and commercial customers have benefited from SBEA - and you can too. Some example projects include:

Examples of Small Business and Commercial Customers that have Benefited from SBEA
PROJECT: Family Farm Independently Owned Grocery Store Museum
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Energy Efficient Lighting and Occupancy Sensors Energy Efficient Lighting, Occupancy Sensors, Cooler Night Covers, Motors, and Controls Energy Efficient Lighting and Occupancy Sensors
TOTAL COST: $5,899 $218,597 $32,175
CONNECTICUT ENERGY EFFICIENCY FUND INCENTIVE: $2,947 $69,945 $9,605
MONTHLY LOAN PAYMENT
(ZERO PERCENT INTEREST):
$227/13 months $5,946/25 months $940/24 months
NET MONTHLY ELECTRIC SAVINGS
(DURING LOAN PERIOD):
$26 $127 $53
NET MONTHLY ELECTRIC SAVINGS
​(AFTER THE LOAN IS PAID OFF):
$253 $6,073 $993
 

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

Energy Conscious Blueprint

 
Type
Business
 
Category
 
Incentive
Various levels of incentive available
  • Gas Water Heating
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Lighting
  • New Construction or Major Renovation
  • Process Equipment

Maximize your new facility’s energy performance by planning for efficiency from the beginning. With help from Eversource and the United Illuminating (UI), Southern Connecticut Gas (SCG), and Connecticut Natural Gas (CNG), subsidiaries of AVANGRID, Inc. (The Companies), businesses can receive support incorporating energy savings into their new construction and building renovation projects.

Key Features

With the new financial incentives and technical assistance available, customers and design teams have access to valuable resources for making smart energy decisions that deliver cost savings and better building performance for the future.

Financial incentives are designed to offset the cost of purchasing and installing energy-efficient electric and natural gas equipment. Combining both opportunities, when appropriate, allows you to maximize energy cost savings. Energy efficiency is a proven way to reduce the cost of doing business. 

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

Engage with us early on in your project to optimize energy efficiency. With project paths suited to a range of facilities and different levels of energy efficiency measures, there is a pathway for every project. Click the links below for more information about each path, or click here for an overview of the program. 

Path 1: Zero Net Energy (ZNE)/Deep Energy Savings

Comprehensive technical expertise and financial incentives for ZNE, ZNE Ready, very low energy use intensity (EUI) and Passive House projects. 

View the Memorandum of Understanding for Path 1 for more information.

Path 2: Whole Buildings EUI Reduction

Comprehensive technical expertise and financial incentives for meeting EUI reduction goals. 

View the Memorandum of Understanding for Path 2 for more information.

Path 3: Whole Buildings Streamlined

Prescriptive incentives for incorporating energy equipment into projects that are small, simple, fast- moving, or projects in advance design. Incentives are qualified individually for each energy efficiency system/piece of equipment proposed.

View the Memorandum of Understanding for Path 3 for further details.

Path 4: Systems

Prescriptive rebates are available for incorporating smaller energy efficient measures into projects. The Prescriptive / Custom incentives are qualified individually for each energy efficiency system/piece of equipment proposed.

Contact your utility directly or call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) to get started.

Eversource and UI are introducing a new initiative, Sustainable Office Design (SOD), to deliver integrated technical solutions for the leased commercial office market. The SOD program promotes and offers incentives for well‐thought-out, innovative, and controls‐rich lighting designs for tenant improvement (TI) projects. Please see the SOD one pager for a program overview.

Benefits of Program Elements to Building Owners/Tenants:

  1. Simple and predictable $1/square foot (sf) incentive for budgeting and planning purposes
  2. Opportunity to overcome building owner/tenant split-incentive with utility incentive that can be assigned to the stakeholder that pays for the TI fit-out
  3. Quick 1-month turnaround application review timeline that aligns with TI projects
  4. Energy savings from pre-approved lighting and controls performance targets
     
Technical Design Criteria for SOD Incentive: Resulting Benefits from SOD:
  • Minimum Space Requirement: 7,500 sf
  • Open Office Component: ≥40 percent
  • Partition Heights: ≤48 inches
  • Lighting Power Density: ≤.60 watts/sf
  • Control Density: ≤250 sf/control point
  • Higher Energy and Operational Savings
  • Contributes to LEED and ENERGY STAR Certification
  • Shows Leadership in Sustainability Goals
  • Higher Tenant Productivity & Satisfaction
  • Higher Building Occupancy & Rental Rates

Benefits of Program Elements to Designers:

  1. Helps prevent value-engineering of efficient lighting and control systems
  2. Flexible approach enables creativity in design and does not limit technology options - a target level of performance must be met, but the means of doing so is not prescribed
  3. Quick turnaround of application review
  4. Offers competitive advantage to design firms who bring SOD incentive dollars to prospective clients
  5. Provides a Lighting Designer Incentive equal to 20 percent of the total incentive amount (up to $15,000)*

 Steps to Apply

Step 1 - 

Make sure your project is eligible. Review and complete the Sustainable Office Design Program application.

Step 2 - 

Submit your completed application to your utility.

Eversource     UI

* Note: Only lighting designers who have obtained LC, CLEP CLD certification, or are current members of IALD are eligible. The lighting designer must design, engineer, or install, and not profit solely from the sale of the lighting.

Energy Conservation Loan Program

 
Type
Home
 
Category
  • Financing
  • Gas Water Heating
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Help for Income Eligible
  • Hot Water
  • Insulation
  • New Construction or Major Renovation
  • Renewable Energy

This program for income-qualified consumers offers below market interest rate terms for the purchase and installation of cost-saving energy efficient improvements for single or multi-family homes.

Key Features

**Effective 12/28/2017, the ECL loan program is limited to emergency situations only (non-working heating systems and leaking roofs). Applicants must be ineligible for other programs in order to qualify for an emergency loan**

Energy Conservation Loans finance energy conservation improvements for low- and moderate-income single-family (1-4 units) home owners. This program is funded by the Connecticut Department of Housing (DOH) and is administered by Capital for Change, Inc (C4C). This loan may be used to finance energy efficient home improvements up to $25,000 at below-market interest rates. Zero-percent interest rate loans are available for higher-efficiency boilers and furnaces.

Income Limit

This is an income-restricted program. Please Capital for Change, Inc. for the current income limits by town and household size.

Loan Amount and Term

Single family (1-4 units) homeowners may borrow between $400 - $25,000 for a period of 10 years for eligible improvements. 

Eligible Improvements

The following are the emergency improvements eligible under the ECL program as of 12/28/2017:

  • Replacement of non-operational heating system
    • 0% interest for furnaces/boilers that meet efficiency minimum of ENERGY STAR® rating for natural gas or > 84% efficiency rating for oil/propane
    • Applicant must not be eligible for alternate heating loan products (Smart-E loan and EnergizeCT  Heating Loan)
  • Replacement of leaking roof

The emergency status of the project must be verified by the contractor who will install the replacement, and all work must be completed by a C4C Participating Contractor.

Apply for a Loan

Heating system applicants must apply for a Smart-E loan or an EnergizeCT Heating loan before they will be considered for an emergency ECL loan.

Roofing applicants must contact C4C directly by phone to apply for emergency consideration. Please call 860-233-5165, extension 2002 for more information. Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm. 

**Effective 12/28/2017, the ECL loan program is limited to emergency situations only (non-working heating systems and leaking roofs). Applicants must be ineligible for other programs in order to qualify for an emergency loan**

 

Eligible Improvements

The following are the emergency improvements eligible under the ECL program as of 12/28/2017:

  • Replacement of non-operational heating system
    • 0% interest for furnaces/boilers that meet efficiency minimum of ENERGY STAR® rating for natural gas or  84% efficiency rating for oil/propane
    • Applicant must not be eligible for alternate heating loan products (Smart-E loan and EnergizeCT  Heating Loan)
  • Replacement of leaking roof

The emergency status of the project must be verified by the contractor who will install the replacement, and all work must be completed by a C4C Participating Contractor.

 

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

 

HES Payment Plan (Micro) Loan Financing Program

 
Type
Home
 
Category
 
Financing
0% Interest
  • Financing
  • Gas Water Heating
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Help for Income Eligible
  • Hot Water
  • Insulation
  • Renewable Energy

With up to 3 years to repay these 0.0% loans from $1,000 to $3,000, and the ability to make loan payments through your utility bill, financing energy-saving improvements to your home couldn’t be easier.

Key Features

If you have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and need to defer your loan payments for this program, please contact your electric utility. Eversource customers should call 1-800-286-2000 and UI customers should call 877-WISE-USE (1-877-947-3873).

It’s never been easier to pay for energy-saving home improvements. Zero-interest loans let you upgrade your home and enjoy lower energy costs right away.

Loans may be for $1,000 to $3,000 and funding will be used for conducting qualified improvements/ equipment replacements. Non-listed work directly related and necessary to the installation of the listed qualifying measures may be financed along with the qualifying measure at the applicable interest rate - (capped at 20% of the total loan amount).

Loan Terms:

  • $1,000 to $3,000 loan amount*
  • 0% interest rate**
  • 3 year (36 months) repayment term

Who is Eligible?

  • Eversource and UI electric customers
  • Applicants must own a single or 2-4 family home (includes condos, mobile homes, and vacation homes) in the State of Connecticut
  • Applicants must participate in the Home Energy Solutions ℠ Program  (Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) to arrange a Home Energy Solutions assessment for your home) 
  • Projects that are underway or completed will not qualify for financing. Please do not schedule your project until after you have received your loan documents

Participating Contractors

Visit Capital for Change, Inc (formally called Connecticut Housing Investment Fund) for a list of participating contractors.

How to Apply

Apply online at Capital for Change, Inc for a 0% HES loan

Type 1 Improvements

The 0% loan is limited to the measures listed below. 

  • High Efficiency Insulation - Must conform to current Home Energy Solutions rebate requirements. 
  • ENERGY STAR® Ductless Heat Pumps - Must meet the EnergizeCT Ductless Heat Pump rebate criteria.
  • ENERGY STAR Electric Heat Pump Water Heaters - Energy Factor (EF) 2.4 or greater
  • ENERGY STAR Tankless Natural Gas Hot Water Heaters - 0.94 Energy Factor (EF) or greater.
  • Indirect/Combination Water Heaters attached to a natural gas ENERGY STAR® boiler - 90% (AFUE) or greater.
  • ENERGY STAR Natural Gas Condensing Storage Tank - 95% Thermal Efficiency or greater.
  • Visit Capital for Change, Inc  for a detailed listing of Eligible Improvement Measures

To learn more about the financing program and how to apply, visit the Capital for Change, Inc website. 

* Subject to credit approval by Capital for Change, Inc.

**Interest rate of loan is based on the qualifying measure being financed.

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

If you’re a Connecticut resident and a residential customer of UI or Eversource you could be eligible. To participate, you must own and occupy a single-family home or a multifamily home up to four units, including condos. Vacation homes also qualify.

To qualify for financing, your home improvements must be recommended through the Home Energy Solutions program and be installed by an approved contractor.

To learn more about the financing program and how to apply, visit the Capital for Change, Inc  website. 

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.

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