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HARTFORD PROMOTES ENERGY CHALLENGE, RESOURCES TO REDUCE UTILITY BILLS

HARTFORD PROMOTES ENERGY CHALLENGE, RESOURCES TO REDUCE UTILITY BILLS

HARTFORD, CONN (November 22, 2019) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin and Hartford’s Office of Sustainability encouraged local renters, landlords, and property owners to participate in the City’s Energy Equity Challenge.  Residents and business owners can take advantage of resources offered by Eversource, ENERGY STAR, the City of Hartford and the CT Green Bank to reduce their energy use, save money and make Hartford a more sustainable community.  Visit HartfordClimate.org or contact the Office of Sustainability at 860-757-9731 to get connected to resources.  Participation guides are available for renters, homeowners, and landlords, and also multifamily and commercial properties.

“Reducing your energy footprint is a powerful way to do your part for the environment and save money at the same time,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “Many local renters don’t know that there are free resources available to income-eligible households to reduce energy use and improve homes. We are working with a number of partners to make energy saving resources available to residents and small businesses, and we want as many of them to participate as possible.”

“Hartford is home to many state government buildings,” said State Department of Energy & Environmental Protection Commissioner Katie Dykes.  “Improving their energy efficiency means less carbon dioxide and more taxpayer savings.  As part of Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 1, state agencies based in Hartford are encouraged to leverage the City’s efforts and resources to make progress towards their new environmental targets.”

The Challenge, organized by the Office of Sustainability and supported by the City of Hartford’s Energy Improvement District Board, offers several resources for residents and business owners, including:

  • Energize CT, administered by Eversource, CNG and UI, provides energy audits and weatherization services.  This program offers services for a fee that may be waived for income eligible households.  During the visit, the average home in Connecticut receives about $1,000 in services and realizes $200-$250 in savings on their annual energy bills. Results will vary based on the size of the home, condition, and current energy use profile.

  • City of Hartford’s Department of Development Services Housing Preservation Loan Fund provides low-cost financing to cover improvements such as windows, boilers, insulation and more.

  • Connecticut Green Bank provides financing for health, safety, energy efficiency, and solar upgrades.

  • ENERGY STAR offers different tools for measuring energy use at home and work. There are also template posters and flyers that can help spread the word about reducing energy use.

  • Community Renewal Team offers different services, including assistance with utility bills and weatherization programs.

Hartford held an Eco Expo in October that brought together more than twenty local and state organizations and government agencies, including KNOX, Keney Park Sustainability Project, Vecinos Unidos, Sustainable CT, Hartford Fire Department and more to promote various sustainability efforts and opportunities.  Approximately one hundred people participated in the event, which included energy workshops, free composters and trees for planting, Solar for All assessment appointments, and more.

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