Norwalk is taking further steps toward green energy efficiency.
"The first thing that we do is a blower-door test, which will depressurize the home and show all of the leaky and drafty areas of the home," said Collin Babbage, community outreach coordinator for New England Smart Energy.
New England Smart Energy Group on Wednesday visited the home of Norwalk Common councilman and Energy and Environment Task Force Chair John Kydes to raise awareness on home energy assessments through Energize CT Home Energy Solutions. The assessment is one way local legislators, members of the task force, CL&P, and green energy organizations like LiveGreenCT are promoting programs to cut home energy costs.
"Today is the Norwalk launch," said Babbage. "So today we're introducing the town to the program and to the assessments."
"We have worked really hard over the last few years to bring down the cost of energy for residents in the state of Connecticut and some of these ways are through these types of initiatives that this company is doing all across the state of Connecticut," said Sen. Bob Duff.
The assessment costs $99 for homeowners and is also offered in multi-family apartment and condominiums. Technicians spend 3 to 4 hours in a home, measuring, upgrading, replacing appliances, whether-stripping and sealing air leakages around doors and windows. All the work is subsidized by the Energize CT program.
"We also bring up to 30 lightbulbs that our energy efficient that we change throughout the home," said Babbage.
"The cost of the energy challenge, the $99 fee, you will be compensated. The light bulbs alone will cover that and the overall yearly saving will exceed over $200, so we're trying to get the word out to Norwalk residents, Norwalk homeowners on the benefits of having a home-energy assessment," said Kydes.
"We're hoping to get lots and lots of sign-ups after this," said Babbage.
For every sign up Energize CT receives, it donates $50 back to the task force, which helps fund energy efficient supplies, green projects and even programs for Norwalk's schools. For more information visit www.energizect.com.