CT receives national energy efficiency award


The Connecticut program that fixes up residents' homes for maximum energy use on Wednesday received an award from the American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy.

The Home Energy Solutions Program received honorable mention in the ACEEE awards ceremony Wednesday. The program is jointly operated by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund and the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management and is paid for by the state's electric utilities.

Under the program, homeowners can have energy efficiency expert come to their home to seal leaks in doors and windows and switch out light bulbs. The experts also will make recommendations for homeowners to pay for broader energy efficiency initiatives as well.

The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund has a similar business program called the Small Business Energy Advantage.

"Energy efficiency efforts are thriving at the state level in ways that most people may not be aware of today," said David Terry, executive director of National Association of State Energy Offices, in a statement. "Rather than creating unnecessary competition, these programs complement and expand upon the existing energy efficiency program landscape offered by utilities and third-party program administrators."