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Woodbridge Energy Challenge Nears the End

Woodbridge Energy Challenge Nears the End

The Woodbridge Energy Challenge and Woodbridge Solar Challenge—campaigns to help Woodbridge residents save energy and go green—will end on December 31, 2015. Before the program ends the Ad Hoc Energy Advisory Task Force is holding one last energy workshop about insulation on December 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Woodbridge Town Library.

Through the Woodbridge Solar Challenge the Town partnered with the CT Solar Challenge and vendor Aegis Solar to provide discount pricing to Woodbridge residents on solar installations. As of early December, there were 25 contracts signed for residential solar installations in Woodbridge through the program. For those interested in receiving a free solar assessment, call Aegis Solar at 203-208-2856.

As part of the Woodbridge Energy Challenge, the Town has partnered with two local companies, New England Conservation Services (203-389-3342) and New England Smart Energy (203-292-8088), to provide these services to residents. These companies have agreed to donate $25 of their fee to support the Woodbridge Food and Fuel Fund.

These two companies are providing a Home Energy Solutions (HES) assessment, a home energy check-up for a fee of $99 (waived for income-eligible participants). For that fee, residents will receive energy-efficient lighting, low-flow showerheads, have leaks sealed and end with written recommendations on energy-saving measures.

For those who have had an HES assessment and want to dig deeper into other energy saving measures, these companies can perform a Home Performance (with Energy Star) assessment that will make recommendations for energy-saving improvements customized for each home.

The Task Force’s goal was to provide 150 assessments to Woodbridge homes by December 31, and as of early December 100 had been completed. Residents who complete a Home Energy Solutions or Home Performance (with Energy Star) will also gain access to rebates and low-interest financing through Energize Connecticut to make those upgrades.

Through the Energize Connecticut initiative a rebate of up to 50% is available on the total cost of residential insulation through the Home Energy Solutions and Home Performance (with Energy Star) programs. New England Conservation Services and New England Smart Energy are offering reduced pricing on insulation to Woodbridge residents; a discount that will increase for everyone as more residents participate.

Learn more about insulation at the December 16 workshop. To stay on top of Woodbridge events and news sign up for the Town’s email newsletter at tinyurl.com/WoodbridgeEnews.

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