May 10, 2014

Special to the Herald

BERLIN — On Monday, the town of Berlin and Mayor Rachel Rochette will host an Energize Connecticut open house to educate residents on energy-saving programs managed by Connecticut Light & Power and Yankee Gas.

The open house will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Berlin Town Hall, located at 240 Kensington Road. It is free of charge and open to the public.

Residents will have the opportunity to learn more about energy-saving programs available to them, including the popular residential program Home Energy Solutions (HES), designed to help people save money on their energy bills.

For those who sign up, CL&P-authorized energy specialists will come to your home or apartment and provide energy improvement services which include locating and professionally sealing critical air leaks, replacing  incandescent lights with energy-saving bulbs including LED lights, and insulating hot water pipes.

While these services are valued at an average of $1,000, the cost for the HES service is only $75 for homes heating with electricity or natural gas, $99 for homes heating with fuel oil and propane, and is free for those who meet income eligibility guidelines.

Open house attendees will have the opportunity talk to energy experts from EcoSmart Home Services and Victory Energy Solutions and can book their HES appointment on-site.

For every home in Berlin that completes a HES appointment, both EcoSmart Home Services and Victory Energy Solutions will make a $25 donation to the Berlin High School UpBeat Club, a community-based character development and training program for high school students.

In addition to HES, energy experts will be available to answer questions and provide information about other Energize Connecticut programs, rebates and financing. They will also share ways that residents can keep homes cool and comfortable during the warm summer months.

To find out more about energy efficiency programs for your home, please visit or call (877) WISE.USE (947-3873).