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Connecticut town to hold energy efficiency public forum 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Connecticut town to hold energy efficiency public forum

Last month, the town of Clinton, Connecticut, pledged itself to the state's Clean Energy Communities program. According to local news publication The Hartford Business Journal, the initiative – part of the Energize Connecticut campaign – seeks to reduce municipal energy use by 20 percent, and offset that cutback with 20 percent more renewable energy sources, over the next five years.

Like the 70 other member municipalities of the pledge, Clinton is eligible for energy-saving grants for eco-friendly measures it adopts. To better promote this move among its citizens, the town is slated to hold public presentations at the Henry Carter Hull Library that will better educate residents about home energy saving programs.

StamfordPlus reports that the forum will be overseen by representatives from regional utility company Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) and the state-run energy body Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA). Presenters are looking to inform both homeowners and businesses about the variety of energy efficiency options available to them, how they can implement more renewable power into their buildings and how these efforts can win the town energy grants for future funding.

The most popular initiative that will be addressed is the Home Energy Solutions program, which offers home inspection services that look to reduce consumer utility bills by sealing air leaks, insulating hot water pipes and replacing incandescent light bulbs with more efficient fixtures. This $1,000 project will be sold at only $99 for propane-powered homes, $75 for residences that use electric or gas heat and completely free for qualifying green buildings.

The forum will be held on Thursday, September 26. Connecticut homeowners interested in making energy efficiency upgrades of their own are encouraged to contact Mercury Excelum about how renovations like new replacement windows and polymer siding can improve insulation and reduce utility expenses.

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