The Woodbridge Energy Challenge donated more than $3,000 to the Woodbridge Food and Fuel Fund thanks to the participation of 124 Woodbridge families. The Energy Challenge, which ran concurrently with the Woodbridge Solar Challenge, encouraged local residents to conduct a home energy audit through the Woodbridge Ad Hoc Energy Advisory Task Force’s chosen vendors, New England Smart Energy or New England Conservation Services.
Energy audits cost $99 and are subsidized by Energize Connecticut. In Woodbridge, the Energy Challenge ran through 2015. For every home energy audit conducted in Woodbridge by the two chosen vendors during the challenge, the vendors donated $25 to the Woodbridge Food and Fuel Fund. “I’d like to congratulate the Task Force for doing such a great job in providing this educational and energy saving program for our residents,” said First Selectman Ellen Scalettar. “This donation is very meaningful to our residents and, on behalf of the Town, I thank the Task Force for their hard work.”
Recently, New England Conservation Services, New England Smart Energy, Woodbridge Ad Hoc Energy Advisory Task Force and representatives of UI presented First Selectman Ellen Scalettar and Human Services Director, Mary Ellen LaRocca with a $3,100 check for the Town’s Food and Fuel Fund. “Our goal was to help residents save energy at their homes, and what better way to use this donation than to continue helping residents with energy costs,” said Lisa Connor, Chair of the Ad Hoc Energy Advisory Task Force. “This Energy Challenge was so successful, in part, because of the knowledge and enthusiasm of our vendors.”
“Even though this past winter was not as bad as previous winters, we still saw an increase in residents coming to us for help with heating and food costs,” said LaRocca. “This donation will help us help our neighbors in need.”
The Town’s Emergency Fuel and Food Fund provides residents who qualify with a one-time per year heating assistance towards electricity, gas, oil and wood. In addition, the Fund provides emergency food assistance for Woodbridge individuals or families in need.
Although the Woodbridge Energy Challenge has ended, residents may still sign up for a home energy audit through their utility company or www.EnergizeCT.com. During a home energy audit residents receive energy-efficient lighting, low-flow showerheads, have leaks sealed and receive written recommendations on energy-saving upgrades and measures. The $99 fee is waived for income-eligible participants. Residents who complete a home energy audit also gain access to rebates and low-interest financing through Energize CT to make recommended upgrades.
The Woodbridge Energy Challenge ran concurrently with the Woodbridge Solar Challenge. During the challenge, 58 residents installed solar at their home; 27 residents took advantage of the Solar Challenge and installed 239 KW of solar power at their homes. There are now 83 homes in Woodbridge with solar.