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Home Energy Solutions (HES) program in Connecticut.

Home Energy Solutions (HES) program in Connecticut.

 The HES program is administered by utility companies, and Connecticut’s Energy Efficiency programs are funded by a charge on customers of CL&P and UI electric bills. There are only 18 approved vendors who can do the HES program in CL&P territories. The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund is not a “state administered” program. The Connecticut Home Energy Solution, HES, is still available for Connecticut home owners for a short time. The program is designed to test homes and save energy.Blower Door Test

This involves a HES energy technician, that is certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI), who will visit your home and perform an energy efficiency assessment.  This includes a walk through inspection of the home, and then the technician will perform a door blower test to determine air leakage of the house.  Air Sealing and Weather stripping will be done afterwards to stop major air leaks.  

Also included in the program are incandescent bulb replacements to new energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). Appliance inspections and their efficiency levels are checked and they will offer rebates for ENERGY STAR ® appliances. If you have duct work they will also inspect and test the ducts for air flow, performance and air leakage. Low flow shower heads will be installed, along with faucet aerators, to assist with water conservation.

Insulation Evaluation will be done and if needed a recommendation of insulation upgrades will be made. With this program there are rebates and discount loans available for additional and new insulation.

If you are planning or were thinking about doing any larger “home energy efficiency” improvements you are now able to apply for an unsecured loan through AFC First and sponsored by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund.  The rates for these loans are subsidized by Energy Efficiency Fund CEEF:

                                          $2,500 to $6,999 for 2.99%

                                                    $7,000 to $20,000 for 0.00% 

The loan is unsecured and there is a quick and easy process with terms of up to 10 years.  

The purpose of the loans is to help customers make the energy improvements recommended by the HES technicians.

For complete details go to www.CTenergyLoan.com 

There are many companies in Connecticut that provide this service. You can call 877-WISE-USE to get a certified HES program contractor in your area.

I used New England Smart Energy located in Fairfield County, Ct., and they service the entire state of Connecticut and did an excellent job on my house. For further information  on New England Smart Energy visit  http://www.ne-smartenergy.com/HES.php

Or the Ct. energy info website at   http://www.ctenergyinfo.com/dpuc_home_energy_solutions.htm

The cost of the HES program to CL&P and UI electric customers is only a $75 co-pay, call 877-WISE-USE for all details of program.

To see all the programs and rebates available, and for more details about the Home Energy Solutions program visit website ~  


There are also programs for small and large businesses who want to get Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund incentive dollars and expertise:  http://www.cl-p.com/Business/SaveEnergy/default.aspx  

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~ David A. Popoff ~ Licensed Connecticut Realtor ~ LEED GA accredited ~ Cell (203) 228-0646 ~

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Doubling the size of the house but not the heating bill!!!!~Darien, New Canaan, Rowayton, Ct.

Common Sense Building equals ‘Green Building’ ~ Darien, New Canaan, Rowayton, Ct.

Doubling the size of the house but not the heating bill!!!!

Before becoming involved with LEED and “Green Building” we practiced common sense building. That is the use of high grade materials, quality craftsmanship  and sound building techniques. For a small percentage increase of the cost of the addition we were able to keep our heating bill almost the same from the before and after the addition. That is from going from approximately 1400 sq. ft of living space to approximately 3200 sq. ft.

The original house was built in 1928; hollow 2 by 4 walls with plaster. We blew in fiberglass insulation into all the cavities and added an additional 5 ½ of cotton insulation in the attic. Just doing this made the house fell warmer because it stopped a lot of cool air drafts.  Stopping the cool drafts made it possible to lower the thermostat a few degree’s for the same comfort level. We all know that on a windy day outside we feel chillier than on a day that is not windy.

For the addition we used 5 ½ inches of cellulose insulation with 12 inches up in the attic. The windows and doors are high quality energy saving double pane units.  Using sound building practices and quality workmanship these few steps helped to save on the heating bill.

The existing house is hydro air heated with a phase three hot water tank. We added to the existing system to heat the first and second floor of the addition. The basement addition was finished with hot water radiate heat in the cement floor which is a very economical, comfortable and even heat delivery system. With this we went from a two zone heating system to a five zone heating system.  Along with this we added a propane gas fire place to the family room/eat-in kitchen, our main living area. We use this as supplemental heat since this is where we spend most of our time.

A few other energy saving items and techniques that were added are programmable thermostats, ceiling fans, quality window treatments, large windows on the south facing side of the house for passive solar heating that are covered in the summer by an awning.

  • So the numbers to support this are:-
  • •-          Original house 1400 sq. ft. to with adding the addition 3200 sq ft.
  • •-          Average yearly oil use between 2004 to 2006 was 1121 gallons before addition.
  • •-          Yearly oil use after addition and insulation was 978 gallons in 2009/2010.
  • •-          Before addition used about 70 gallons of propane for cooking and clothes dryer.
  • •-          After addition used 345 gallons of propane for cook top, dryer, 2 fireplaces & BBQ. 

In conclusion oil consumption went down 143 gallons at an average cost of $3.00 = $429.

Propane consumption went up 275 gallons but we added 3 addition appliances. Total additional cost of propane was 345 – 70 = 275 gallons at cost of $2.50/gallon = $688.

So going from 1400 sq ft to 3200 sq ft our increase heat cost for a year was approximately $259.

Our comparison will have to be carried out for more years to see the true average, with yearly weather changes, cost of fuels, life style adjustments …… but this is a nice outcome.

Any questions please contact me. David Popoff has 30 years of home improvement and renovation experience, member of USGBC & CTGBC, LEED GA accredited, License Ct. Realtor with William Raveis in Darien, Ct.

House before addition approx. 1400 sq ft.            House after addition approx 3200 sq. ft.

Before addition 1400 sq ft

House after addition


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